STEPHANIE ZALETEL | SZALT
Founded in 2015 Stephanie Zaletel | szalt is a platform to empower, cultivate, and inform professional dancers, new movers, students, artists, and bodies of all backgrounds through feminine driven, highly collaborative, and psychologically charged performances, practices, and community engagements.
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.
Originally from Las Vegas, NV Stephanie Zaletel is a choreographer, dancer, mentor, wife, and educator currently working from Los Angeles, CA. 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 UCross, 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.
“Dance offers us the opportunity to meet ourselves, our bodies, where they are, without judgment. It allows us to see how our physical systems have been affected by the world we live, and thus follow or break bodily patterns. Dance allows us to listen to the infinite wisdom beneath our consciousness and gives us choices. In my practice, movement is a tool to dig into my own unconsciousness, to observe, listen, challenge, exhaust, restore, and hold space. This deep work inside of our own bodies, in shared spaces with other movers, is done so that we can become more empathetic humans outside of our dance practices.
I often mingle spaces and practices with professional dancers, students, first-timers, those who dance “just for fun”, etc. because I believe that everyone deserves to dance. Everyone deserves the space to reinvent themselves from the inside out, to shed what is not serving them, to fill their cup through movement, metaphors, and choice.
My choreographic work is meditative to perform and to witness, oftentimes demonstrating extremes, paradox, and unconventional harmonies. My work invites patience, questions, introspection, and options. My practices as a dance artist are informed by a deep desire to cancel out social extremes by exposing them, noticing every detail, looking them in the eye, and inviting them to dissolve. From this deep place, choices can be made; new patterns can be experienced and witnessed. I am interested in private self-work being made public, less precious more accessible. I am interested in a different sort of overwhelm. In my work, time is non-linear, everything is true, everything is paradox - good/evil, body/dream, feminine/masculine, suffering/peace, self/other, mind/nature, etc. it can all exist, be seen, experienced, and true at the same time. In this state of overwhelm and submission, there can be a fleeting understandings of balance, peace, and perfection.”
-stephanie zaletel artistic statement 2019
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 Stephanie Zaletel | szalt as company manager in 2018.