Annie Kloppenberg and Todd Coulter, both assistant professors of theater and dance, will perform an original dance work, “Avalanche,” at the Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church, in New York City June 6-8. Danspace is a premier venue for dance and performance in New York that features rising and established figures of the performance world.
“Avalanche” was created under a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Mellon Faculty Enhancement Grant during the 2011-12 academic year. The piece had its premiere in Philadelphia in 2012 and was performed at the Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, May 28-29, 2013.
Kloppenberg and Coulter worked with Michael Reidy, Carol Dilley, and Rachel Boggia from Bates and with the Bessie Award-winning Headlong Dance Theater of Philadelphia to create the new work in which they perform.
In a review on the website Thinking Dance Lynn Matluck described college-level dance and theater teachers who see performance as a mode of investigation, a way of knowing—as archival or experimental research-and-publication. “Some schools buy the argument, even embrace it,” she wrote. “Clearly, Colby and Bates are leaders of this pack.”
See more about “Avalanche” on the Danspace website.