szalt (dance co.) is a collection of Los Angeles movers, collaborating with musicians and
visual artists - tackling subjects of the feminine experience, 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.
In 2018 they premiered artistic director, Stephanie Zaletel’s, 5th evening length dance-theater work: moon& at the Ford
Amphitheater in collaboration with composers Jonathan Snipes (of clipping.) and Louis
Lopez. In 2019 they toured the full work to Seattle, WA - presented by Velocity Dance Center in collaboration with Lavinia Vago (The
YC/Rubberband Dance). Excerpts will be premiered at California Institute of the Arts and REDCAT as part of CalArts Spring Dance with more iterations of the work to be presented in the summer and fall of 2019 in LA and across the country.
szalt is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and graciously accepts tax-deductible contributions year round to continue our service. To learn more about how you can become a szalt supporter - click here.
STEPHANIE ZALATEL (choreographer, artistic director of szalt) Stephanie Zaletel is an LA based choreographer, dancer, 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 SZALT in 2015. SZALT is a team of specialized dance artists led by Stephanie Zaletel in Los Angeles – arousing curiosity through voyeuristic feminine experiences, depictions of body memory, and dream logic – creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially fluent dance performance and practice. Zaletel and her team have performed, led workshops, and held residencies at numerous notable venues across the U.S. including LA Dance Project, The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Arizona State University, Cornish College of the Arts, Tempe Center for the Arts, Loyloa Marymount University, and Ford Theatres. Zaletel most recently choreographed for Lars Jan’s “The White Album” which premiered at Wexner Center for the Arts, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and will be showing at the Freud Playhouse in partnership with CAP UCLA and Centre Theater Group in 2019. Zaletel is also performing for Rosanna Gamson World Wide in a new creation. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Humanities from California Institute of the Arts.
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.
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