creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially fluent dance performance and practice

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Stephanie Zaletel | szalt

Founded in 2015 Stephanie Zaletel | szalt is a platform to empower, cultivate, and inform professional dancers, new movers, students, and artists of all backgrounds through feminine driven, highly collaborative, and psychologically charged performances, practices, and community outreach.

Through touring and performance projects this LA-based team is innovative and experimental - tackling subjects of the feminine experience, voyeurism, body memory (specifically as it pertains to trauma), and dream logic while creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially fluent dance performance and practice.

Stephanie Zaletel | szalt is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and graciously accepts tax-deductible contributions year round to continue our services which includes public performances, workshops, scholarships for dance artists, and more. To learn more about how you can become a patron - click here.

 


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Stephanie Zaletel is a choreographer, dancer, mentor, wife, and educator. Her choreography has been commissioned for various music videos, short films, colleges, institutions, and collaborations. Zaletel began her career dancing for Barak Marshall, Colin Connor (Artistic Director, Limon), and Danielle Agami (Artistic Director, Ate9) before officially forming Stephanie Zaletel | szalt in 2015. Through this platform Zaletel has performed, led workshops, and held residencies at numerous notable venues and festivals across the U.S. including LA Dance Project, The Hammer Museum, LAX Festival, REDCAT, Arizona State University, Cornish College of the Arts, Tempe Center for the Arts, Loyloa Marymount University, Ford Theatres, University of Central Missouri, California Institute of the Arts, and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Zaletel most recently choreographed for Lars Jan’s “The White Album” by Joan Didion which toured and premiered at Wexner Center for the Arts, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and the Freud Playhouse in partnership with CAP UCLA and Centre Theater Group after additional technical and creative residencies at U-Cross, Wyoming and CalArts. Zaletel is currently performing for Rosanna Gamson // World Wide in a new creation and collaborating on an opera with Jodie Landau and Beth Morrison Projects for a world premier at National Sawdust in New York in May 2020. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Humanities from California Institute of the Arts.

Photo by Stefano Altamura

Photo by Stefano Altamura



COMPANY MANAGER

Grace Courvoisier, a native of Las Vegas, NV, is a bi-coastal performance maker and choreographer based in New York City and L.A. Upon studying Graham, Horton, and Composition at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies & Performing Arts High School, she also studied Vaganova technique with Nevada Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of Bruce Steivel, for which she received the Nancy Houssel Scholarship. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has had the opportunity to work with/perform the works of renowned choreographers including Tere O’Connor, Kirstie Simpson, Laurie Carlos, Catherine Cabeen, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, and Linda Lehovec. Grace was also selected to perform in the reconstruction of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s D-Man In The Waters (National Endowment for the Arts) in 2008.

She created a number of works during her undergraduate, including Sister Republic, which was invited for inclusion in the American College Dance Festival, and went on to be performed in Chen Dance Center's New Steps Choreographer's Series in NYC 2011. Grace joined szalt (dance co.) as our company manager in 2018.

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COLLABORATORS

Dancer artists from previous projects include: Lindsey Lollie, Jordan Saenz, Sarah Prinz, Amir Rappaport, Gigi Todisco, Mecca Romero, Eden Orrick, Ariana Daub, Kevin Zambrano, Emma Wheeler, Alisa Guardiola, Mallory Fabian, Julia Planine-Troiani, Alyssa Alden

Jonathan Snipes (composer)

Jonathan Snipes is a composer and sound designer for Film and Theater living in Los Angeles. He occasionally teaches sound design in the theater department at UCLA, and is a member of the rap group clipping.

Louis Lopez (composer)

Louis Lopez is a trumpet player, performer/composer, engineer, and educator. 
His music making centers around the integration of acoustic and processed sounds in live performance through the signal processing language of Max/MSP/Jitter. 

Pablo Santiago-Brandwein (lighting design)

Pablo Santiago-Brandwein in an award winning lighting designer for opera, dance, and theater. He is the winner of the Richard Sherwood Award 2017 and Stage Raw Award 2015. He was nominated for Ovation Awards in 2018 and 2014, and the LA Weekly Award 2014. His work has been seen at among other venues Arena Stage in D.C., Paramount Theater in Boston, Skirball Center in New York, REDCAT, Getty Museum, South Coast Repertory and more. Digital portfolio on Instagram: @pablosdesign