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Sparky Park Project 


A site-inspired ritual for a pocket park

Community residency and laboratory creation



Presented and commissioned by VSA Texas and Body Shift

Site Location: 3701 Grooms St, Austin, TX


September 23, 2017, 3:00PM & 5:00PM

September 24, 2017, 1:30PM

Video highlights of Sparky Park Project (4 minutes)

Conceived and Directed by Stephan Koplowitz

Choreography created by Stephan Koplowitz

in collaboration with the performers

Rehearsal Director/Project Coordinator: Silva Laukkanen

Costumes designed by E.L. Hohn

Music performed by David Gonzalez (percussion), Adam

Koch (bass), Lauryn Gould (sax, flute),

under the direction of Richard Hall

Costume Assistant: Lily Poe

Rehearsal Assistants: Celia Hughes and Olivia O’Hare

VSA Texas Executive Director- Celia Hughes

The Sparky Park Project was the culmination of an eight-day residency with Body Shift and an ensemble of community performers. Creative research and exploration in the park with the intent of devising material that matched the diversity of the cast within the designed landscape and architecture of the park was the goal of the project. 


We wish to thank the following for their support of this project: North University Neighborhood Association, Brandon Tucker, Steve Tomlinson, Kipa Smith, Camille Wheeler, Lynn Johnson, April Sullivan, Allison Orr and Forklift Danceworks, Emily Rankin, Aaron Weiss, Richard and Diane Trabulsi, Sarah Finley, Kathryn

Judge, Mary Sexton, Kathey Ferland, Peggy Lamb, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Impact Austin, Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Austin Parks and Recreation.


A special thanks to the spirits of Sparky Park and the colony of Monk Parakeets who make it their home.

All photos by Camille Wheeler and Stephan Koplowitz

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