Award Winning Choreographer
“Stephanie Skura constructs new meanings even as she demolishes musical & choreographic preconceptions.” (New York Times)
Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents award winning choreographer and director Stephanie Skura in her first major NYC appearance in almost 20 years with piece Two Huts with performances March 15, 16, 17 & 18, also, there will be an artists talkback on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm. Hailed by Dance Ink as “a great American experimentalist” Skura has been creating and performing original works for over thirty years to international and national acclaim. Her stellar reputation for adventurous work precedes her while her unique skills and approach have seen her teach and train performance at some of the worlds most prestigious colleges and studios. Skura has been passionate about empowering and celebrating individual diversity and finding ways to do this through dance. Her rehearsal process involves unpeeling methods: revealing subconscious layers both strange and familiar. For decades, she has researched, practiced, and taught approaches to movement that allow dance to be a manifestation of the complexity of our consciousness. “A modern dance court jester, Stephanie Skura makes one laugh at her dances. then, like the best of jesters, she makes one think.” - New York Times
Two Huts extends Skura’s 25 years’ research in free-associative forms of movement into theater & text, revealing underlying realms startlingly familiar. Skura has been developing the work for the past two years in residencies at Juniata College, PA, and in Seattle with the support of 4Culture. Two Huts is the culmination of her research of the past decade into radical language, theater & voice, integrated with her lifelong experiments in movement & performance. This work has been selected as a sponsored USA Artist Project, & is partially supported by Seattle 4Culture, as well as by Roulette.
About Stephanie Skura
Stephanie Skura, has choreographed, directed, taught and performed for 30 years, in 13 countries and 30 states, investigating boundaries of dance, theater and performance. She directed a New York City-based touring company for 15 years, received an inaugural "Bessie" Award, and has been honored with seven Choreography Fellowships and five Dance company Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants and commissions from many corporations, foundations, government agencies and performing companies worldwide. Her work has toured at major festivals in Zurich, Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest, Italy & Vancouver, and at such US venues as the Walker Art Center In Minneapolis, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and in New York City at Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summerstage, Danspace, and Performance Space 122. An innovative teacher & mentor, she was on graduate faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama for 5 years, on core faculty of the Seattle Skinner Releasing Institute and Teacher Certification Program for 14 years, and is creator and director of Open Source Forms Teacher Certification, with centers in Seattle and New Zealand. She holds a BFA & MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. With a collaborative approach to performance-making, she has pioneered & refined methods for involving performers in discovery & development of material. She was an early researcher of movement-based interdisciplinary work, inspiring students & professionals worldwide. From 2004-2010, Skura was Associate Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, a movement theater company affiliated with Juniata College in PA.
About Debra Wanner
Producing collaborator Debra Wanner is a founding member of Skura’s NYC company and has been instrumental in fundraising becoming a co-sponsor through her own non-profit Interaction Arts.
Roulette – one of New York City’s premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years - has reopened bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City - if not the country - to experience adventurous music and art.