Famished-performed at DTW 1987
Famished is a work that had its roots in a work created at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1982 when Stephan Koplowitz met Doug Elkins, who back then was still a student at Purchase College. A work, entitled, Cuisine was made on Elkins and two other student dancers (short video excerpt below). Some of the raw material from that work evolved into what became Famished which premiered at The Field, in 1986 and later would be featured in Koplowitz's first full season in 1987 at Dance Theater Workshop with Doug Elkins returning to the work.
1986 Famished Cast: Barry Oreck, Jessica Nicoll, Emily Schottland and Daniel Hogan, presented at the Field, New York City, May 9, 10, 1986.
1987 Famished Cast: Doug Elkins, Clare Maxwell, Kathryn Tufano, Scot Willingham, June 6, 1987 at Dance Theater Workshop
Other performances of Famished: PS 122, 1988, Columbus Ohio, 1989, Dance Place, Wash. DC, 1990.
“Famished ...moves at a clip, with a fresh, tough smacking quality.”
---Burt Supree-Village Voice, June 23, 1987
In Famished, “Koplowitz manages to show us succinctly how the social dynamics of the servers and the served are encoded in a specific lingo and body language.”
---Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post, November 11, 1988
“Famished... is a clever sidelong glance at the dynamics of diners and waiters.”
---Jay Weitz, Columbus Dispatch, June 6, 1989
“Stephan Koplowitz, the funny, intelligent and intense man who created Famished...(his) choreography is noted for its integral use of speech
and for down-to-earth and insightful views of real life.”
---Kay Mallett, Nite & Day, June 8, 1989