18 min excerpt of 35 minute work
FULL PERFORMANCE 35 min
Concept, Direction and Choreography: Stephan Koplowitz
Rehearsal Director: Teresa Chapman
Core Company Performers: Shanon Adams, Christopher Cardenas, Rebekah Chappel, Alexandra DiNunzio, Kristen Frankiewicz, Catalina Molnari, Kara Newton, Lindsey Sarah Thompson, Toni Valle
Special thanks to the Core Company performers for their important creative contributions to this work.
Extended Company Performers: Jessica Capistran, Rebekah Chappel, Roberta Cortes, Erica Henderson, Mallory Horn, Sean Keil, Sarah Leung, Paola Martinez, Tina Shariffskul, , Robin Worley (understudy).
Music: Space City Gamelan, Aaron Hermes, Musical Director Araceli Camacho-McMahan, Rashida Hagakore, Yvonne Kendall , Ashdin Medhora, Danny Mauer Brittany Rohrman Costumes Design: Paige Wilson
Assistant Costume Designer: James McDaniel
Project Coordination: Josh Davis
Stage Managers: Elizabeth Pelz, Bryan Wallace
Video Documentation and Editing: Andrew Ford
Photo Documentation: Ed Schipul
NATURAL ACTS IN ARTIFICIAL WATER
A SITE SPECIFIC PROMENADE PERFORMANCE IN SIX SECTIONS FOR THE GERALD D. HINES WATERWALL PARK
Presented by Diverseworks Artspace, Uptown Houston and Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce, in partnership with Hines and a part of the Mitchell Center for the Arts Insight/Out festival
This water-themed site-specific work was a collaboration with 16 local professional dancers, Houston composer Aaron Hermes, and Space City Gamelan that culminated in a 35-minute promenade performance event that physically and visually animated the entire park and its unique fountain.
"It was by far the most significant dance site-specific work in the city’s history, and a poignant reminder that holiness can be found in your hometown fountain."
--Nancy Wozny, Arts+Culture, Houston
“In "Natural Acts in Artificial Water," renowned choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and his initiative TaskForce created a masterful ensemble production based on the architecture, history, culture and ecology of the park, and the result was one of the most stunning collaborative dance performance pieces this year.”
"--Best of Houston" 2013 Houston Press
“Natural Acts in Artificial Water was a visual journey that found natural beauty in an unnatural setting. Houston was fortunate to have been one of the chosen ones.”
--Abby Koening, Houston Press, 2012