Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce
                                           Liquid Landscapes (Year Two)
           Plymouth, ...
Dartington presents

                                   Stephan Koplowitz
                       TASKFORCE
               ...
Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce is a site-specific performing
touring company that works on a project-to-project basis. Fluid ...
Working within an intensive time frame (usually three weeks of
rehearsal + one week of performances) under the direction o...
All the performances for Liquid Landscapes were
created during a three-week period (June 1 through
to June 19). The choreo...
First Site Visit, March, 2007




Research for Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce, UK began
in March, 2007 with a short two day ...
May 25 through July 6, 2008,
                                                             California




In 2008, Stephan ...
Site research with
                                                                                    Associate TaskForce...
January, 2009, marked Koplowitz's third trip to Plymouth. The
focus of this trip was to secure the selected water related ...
On January 8 and 9, with call backs on the 10th, 2009, Stephan Koplowitz auditioned 140 dancers
at London's Toynbee Studio...
Philine Janssens         Rosalind Noctor           Ezekiel Oliveira         Megan Saunders




                           ...
Joining the six UK/EU
based dancers, were
Alexandria Yalj and Kevin
Williamson who performed
with TaskForce in 2008.
This ...
March
 2009




  For the fourth and final site research, pre-production trip to the UK, Stephan Koplowitz was met with fou...
Meeting with video artist Dan Farberoff at Buckland Abbey
Meeting with Mark Laville , Director at
the barbican Theater in ...
The SITES: By March, 2009, all eight sites were selected and confirmed and each site
       constituted a collaboration or...
Drake, the first
                                     Englishman to
                                     circumnavigate the...
3. TASKFORCE FILMS @
      The Jill Craigie Cinema
Co-presented by Peninsula Arts




          Roland Levinsky Building
 ...
4. CAMERA OBSCURA@ Seymour House
  Co-presented by Tamar Education
  Business Partnership
5. ARMADA WAY
Co-presented by Plymouth City Centre
Group
6. SMEATONʼS
TOWER
Co-presented by Plymouth
City Museum and Art Gallery
7. MAYFLOWER STEPS@ The Barbican
Co-presented by The Plymouth City Harbour Office
8. TASKFORCE REMIXED @ The Barbican Theatre
  Co-presented by Barbican Theatre and Peninsula Arts
9. TINSIDE LIDO
Co-presented by Plymouth
City Council
Gorav Kaylan, a second year MFA student at CalArts was invited by Stephan Koplowitz to be
TaskForce’s videographer. Gorav,...
First week of rehearsals: June 1-7,
                                                       2009




Company luncheon at Da...
Second Week of Rehearsals: June 8-14
Third Week of Rehearsals: June 15-19
Stephan Koplowitz with Sound Designer
  Luke Robinson and composer Hugh
    Nankivell at Dartington’s Tiltyard
Luke Robinsona and Tom
McCaren, sound designers at
      Armada Way
Steve being interviewed by Jo Loosemore of
      BBC Radio at Smeaton’s Tower
UNTRY NEWS                                                     www.thisiswesternmorningnews.co.uk                         ...
PERFORMANCE WEEK




Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce performances started
 on Saturday, June 19 and ended nine days later on
...
First Day of Performances: Saturday, June 19,
  Dartington Tiltyard, at 3:30pm and 5:30pm
Tiltyard Performance, Section ONE
Tiltyard Performance, Section TWO
Tiltyard performance, Section THREE
Dance artists from King Edward VI Community College, Anders Duckworth and University College Falmouth - Emma Bass, Joni
Br...
Second day, Sunday, June 21st, Buckland Abbey: The Great Barn
A collaboration with video artist Dan Farberoff


          ...
Third day of performances,
TASKFORCE FILMS and reception @
The Jill Craigie Cinema
Fourth Day, Performances with the Camera Obscura at Seymour House: continuously
from 3pm to 6pm, Tuesday, June 22 - Audien...
Outside, on the grounds of Seymour House
Inside, the view from the camera obscura
SEYMOUR HOUSE-In         Text
front of the Eco Build
House
Lauren Davey
The Redoubt
adjacent to Seymour
       House
LOWER GRASS
                   EMBANKMENT
                   Rachel Sweeney




MAYFLOWER MARINA
Emily Dobson
Plymouth Youth
                                 Dance featuring Amie
                                 Lord, Rebecca Walker...
Fifth Day, Armada Way, Wednesday, June 23,
2009: TaskForce performs two 55 minutes
performance works at 1pm and 5pm throug...
Stephan Koplowitz and Gordon Sparks (BBC
  Morning radio host), at the Armada Way
               performance
Sixth Day, Smeaton’s Tower:
 Thursday, June 24, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
A collaboration with visual artist Ella Huhne
Seventh Day, Mayflower Steps,
Friday June 26: 12pm and 1pm

A collaboration with visual
    artist Helen Snell
Sixth Day, Barbican Theater,
                                             Friday, June 26, 8pm: TaskForce
                ...
Seventh and Eighth Day, TINSIDE LIDO
Saturday 27& Sunday 28 June, 6pm
Tinside Lido, Section ONE
Tinside Lido, Section TWO
Tinside Lido, Section THREE
TASKFORCE DANCERS
Philine Janssens,
  BE (Belgium)
Rosalind Noctor, UK
Ezekiel Oliveira, PT (Portugal)
Megan Saunders, UK
Caitlin Smith, UK
Kylie Sudds, UK
Kevin Williamson, USA
Alexandria Yalj, USA
Over 3,000 people witnessed Dartington's free public dance performances

Over 3,000 people experienced one or more of the ...
STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ is an award winning                  HUGH NANKIVELL has worked with the ROH,                LARA LLOYD i...
STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ: TASKFORCE
           Liquid Landscapes

  CONCEIVED, DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY
          Stephan Koplowitz...
Technical Manager: Ninian Harding
Assistant Production Manager- Danielle Rose
Production Assistants: Bryony Devine, Lauren...
Kevin Heathorn, BBC Big Screen Producer (Plymouth) for his
enthusiasm and support: Jonathan Cummins for his interest and
e...
Photographs in this presentation are
              ©2009 by
Kevin Clifford & Stephan Koplowitz
        with ©2009 and ©200...
Stephan Koplowitz: TASKFORCE
 will perform in a third location in
                 2010
Check www.koplowitzprojects.com
or...
For information about Stephan Koplowitz Projects

                please write to:
       skoplowitz@gmail.com
Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce is a
three-year project which began in
California in 2008. It has been
specially commissioned...
www.koplowitzprojects.com
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"Liquid Landscapes"
Director/Choreographer/Producer: Stephan Koplowitz

A photo documentary on the rehearsals and performances for "Liquid Landscapes" by director/choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and his site-specific touring dance company, TaskForce, the photos track the development the creation of Liquid Landscapes and documents the nine days of performances.

After three weeks of creative research and rehearsal, Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce collaborated with local guest artists to present eight free public site-performances that take place in historically, culturally and ecologically significant spaces in Plymouth, UK from 20-28 June 2009.

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Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce UK 2009 Site-Specific Dance

  1. 1. Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce Liquid Landscapes (Year Two) Plymouth, UK and Beyond June 1 through 28, 2009 presented by Dartington & funded by the Transatlantic Arts Consortium TaskForce is a three-year project which began in California in 2008. It has been specially commissioned and funded by the Transatlantic Arts Consortium, a collaboration between The Dartington Hall Trust, CalArts and Idyllwild Arts
  2. 2. Dartington presents Stephan Koplowitz TASKFORCE 20-28 June 09 Plymouth & Beyond Cover of TaskForce flyer and poster design by Scarlet-Design LIQUIDLANDSCAPES Eight unique performances, eight iconic sites, eight adventurous dancers: one tour of site-specific dance performances in water-related public spaces www.dartington.org/taskforce
  3. 3. Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce is a site-specific performing touring company that works on a project-to-project basis. Fluid in its conception, TaskForce is made up of selected artists and performers drawn from the cultural landscape of its host city or region. It is a process oriented performance laboratory where artists are asked to draw inspiration from the architecture, history, culture and ecology of multiple sites within a single geographic area all connected by a common theme.
  4. 4. Working within an intensive time frame (usually three weeks of rehearsal + one week of performances) under the direction of veteran site-artist, director and choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, each artist is given a different creative "task" to be explored and performed at the various sites. The content of each performance is made up of a combination of site-specific choreography, site-adaptive material and improvisational scores inspired by each performance site. The core of Stephan Koplowitz:TaskForce is an ensemble of eight highly trained dancers, a composer/performer and a documentary videographer.
  5. 5. All the performances for Liquid Landscapes were created during a three-week period (June 1 through to June 19). The choreographic material is drawn from site-specific choreography, site adaptive movement material and structured improvisations all in response to the given site. The concept of TaskForce is that it responds to several sites in a relatively short amount of time, concentrates on process and finds as many connections among sites as possible.
  6. 6. First Site Visit, March, 2007 Research for Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce, UK began in March, 2007 with a short two day visit. The purpose of the trip was to meet the Dartington team and take a quick look at the surrounding area. Stephan Koplowitz got his first look at the Tiltyard on the Dartington grounds and the Tinside Lido in Plymouth (future TaskForce performance sites) .
  7. 7. May 25 through July 6, 2008, California In 2008, Stephan Koplowitz launched TaskForce in Idyllwild (during a two week residency) and in Los Angeles (four weeks), where he premiered the theme of Liquid Landscapes. Within the six weeks of TaskForce residencies, Koplowitz and company created 17 different site-specific performance works, two short site inspired films and performed for an audience of over 3,000 people.
  8. 8. Site research with Associate TaskForce Producer Lara Lloyd: July, 2008 Lara is Producer of Live Art at Dartington In July, 2008, Stephan Koplowitz made his second trip to the UK. The theme of Liquid Landscapes (water related sites) was designated as the “controlling idea” that TaskForce would investigate for three consecutive residencies (2008-10). The city of Plymouth was chosen as the center of TaskForce's performances in the UK and Koplowitz and TaskForce Associate Producer Lara Lloyd, set off to find appropriate sites for the 2009 residency.
  9. 9. January, 2009, marked Koplowitz's third trip to Plymouth. The focus of this trip was to secure the selected water related sites, meet community partners and hold three days of auditions in London to hire performers (and find the best Devonshire creamed tea).
  10. 10. On January 8 and 9, with call backs on the 10th, 2009, Stephan Koplowitz auditioned 140 dancers at London's Toynbee Studios, with the help of dance artist and teacher Marina Collard. Many of the dancers were based in the UK and several traveled as far as France to audition. After three long days, culminating in interviews with a final selection of 12 dancers, Koplowitz picked six dancers to complement two original members of TaskForce from Los Angeles.
  11. 11. Philine Janssens Rosalind Noctor Ezekiel Oliveira Megan Saunders Claire Beckett, dancer/educator and Plymouth native, was another auditionee, and was asked to join Koplowitz as his Rehearsal Director for the project.  Caitlin Smith Kylie Sudds Clair Beckett photos, taken at the beginning of the audition process
  12. 12. Joining the six UK/EU based dancers, were Alexandria Yalj and Kevin Williamson who performed with TaskForce in 2008. This photo is from a performance at the Los Angeles Farmers Market in Hollywood.
  13. 13. March 2009 For the fourth and final site research, pre-production trip to the UK, Stephan Koplowitz was met with four out of six of his UK based dancers, Rosalind, Megan , Ezekiel and Caitlin for a special costume fitting. In Plymouth, Lara Lloyd had arranged meetings with various potential collaborating artists, all based on concepts Koplowitz was working on for each of the selected sites. Meeting with composer Hugh Nankivell Meeting with Visual Artist Helen Meeting with Visual Ella Huhne for the first time Snell at the Mayflower steps at the Smeaton’s Tower
  14. 14. Meeting with video artist Dan Farberoff at Buckland Abbey Meeting with Mark Laville , Director at the barbican Theater in Plymouth to discuss TaskForce’s Improv concert. Koplowitz taught workshops with University of Falmouth Secured housing in Plymouth for students at Dartington and discussed their involvement in the entire company the the Tiltyard performance
  15. 15. The SITES: By March, 2009, all eight sites were selected and confirmed and each site constituted a collaboration or co-presenting opportunity for Dartington. 1. DARTINGTON: THE TILTYARD Co-presented by University College Falmouth
  16. 16. Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, was also the contractor of the water system known as ‘Drake’s Leat’ which brought fresh water from the River Meavy to Plymouth in 1591. 2. THE GREAT BARN@ Buckland Abbey Co-presented by The National Trust
  17. 17. 3. TASKFORCE FILMS @ The Jill Craigie Cinema Co-presented by Peninsula Arts Roland Levinsky Building University of Plymouth
  18. 18. 4. CAMERA OBSCURA@ Seymour House Co-presented by Tamar Education Business Partnership
  19. 19. 5. ARMADA WAY Co-presented by Plymouth City Centre Group
  20. 20. 6. SMEATONʼS TOWER Co-presented by Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
  21. 21. 7. MAYFLOWER STEPS@ The Barbican Co-presented by The Plymouth City Harbour Office
  22. 22. 8. TASKFORCE REMIXED @ The Barbican Theatre Co-presented by Barbican Theatre and Peninsula Arts
  23. 23. 9. TINSIDE LIDO Co-presented by Plymouth City Council
  24. 24. Gorav Kaylan, a second year MFA student at CalArts was invited by Stephan Koplowitz to be TaskForce’s videographer. Gorav, shot and edited seven short documentaries chronicling the creative process of the first three weeks. In addition, almost every hour of rehearsal and every performance were documented. Each of the short documentaries were broadcast on the BBC big screen located in downtown Plymouth and the videos was uploaded to www.youtube.com and helped with audience development during TaskForce’s residency in Plymouth.
  25. 25. First week of rehearsals: June 1-7, 2009 Company luncheon at Dartington during the first full day in Plymouth First day of rehearsal at the University of Plymouth dance studio Meeting with Jo McCarren (Director of the camera obscura) at the Seymour House Camera Obscura in preparation of our first rehearsals
  26. 26. Second Week of Rehearsals: June 8-14
  27. 27. Third Week of Rehearsals: June 15-19
  28. 28. Stephan Koplowitz with Sound Designer Luke Robinson and composer Hugh Nankivell at Dartington’s Tiltyard
  29. 29. Luke Robinsona and Tom McCaren, sound designers at Armada Way
  30. 30. Steve being interviewed by Jo Loosemore of BBC Radio at Smeaton’s Tower
  31. 31. UNTRY NEWS www.thisiswesternmorningnews.co.uk WESTERN MORNING NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 19 2009 www.thisiswesternmorningnews.co.uk WESTCOUNTR are Dame Water-inspired project for PICTURES BY KEVIN CLIFFORD help talk ab record fe world anglers and ed to join a eguard the habitats and ctuary part- dancing in the streets WORLD ren Ellen MacAr Cornwall to b record-breakin Dame Elle round-the-wo all Council An American choreographer has agreed to nwall Marine Falmouth’s p to help plan has been spending a month in Museum Cor zones off the the Westcountry creating a It will be t spoken public marine pro- site-specific dance project. her world rec introduced ing Marine Stephan Koplowitz explained navigation of outside the m ill. to safeguard the Liquid Landscapes project 2005. Dame Elle habitats and to Su Carroll excited about o help ensure mouth, which ainability of I memories for he region. T takes a visitor to make you say things in a unbelievable w roups from different way, and American Stephan completed m d Dorset, the Koplowitz is more than happy to share his voyage in 200 will provide excitement about being in the Westcountry. first visit since ck to the He is thrilled to discover that Seymour House “The N ctuary steer- in Devonport, Plymouth, has a camera obscura – Museum Cor they are a personal obsession of his – and he is support then, ding Sanctu- fascinated by the way in which Sir Francis Drake ful that they , said: “Rec- was the first man to bring a water supply from the again, this tim here marine moor into the city. MacArthur T ould be sited And the fact that the Pilgrim Fathers set off for Britain voyage egional level America from the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth hasn’t passed him by either. The celebr uary Steering recounting sto to have local But Stephan is no ordinary tourist. When he ing and varied knowledge, looks at these locations and the iconic Smeaton’s well as talking g feedback to Tower, busy Armada Way and The Great Barn at the Ellen Mac vation zones Buckland Abbey, he sees them through the eyes of nd therefore a choreographer. The Ellen M t from local He is sending more than a postcard home, this the Round Br s where the visitor is creating dance pieces that will be per- ing funds to es in.” form at eight sites in and around the city of people can en mation, call Plymouth and elsewhere in Devon with his Task- their confide on 01736 Force company. from cancer. vis.seafish The Liquid Landscapes project – which began The lecture k. Applica- last year in Los Angeles – is, to quote the Monday, Aug by July 24. literature, “a response to the extraordinary 01326 214546 resource that shapes our environment from water wins access and rights driving the economy in Los Angeles, to the landscape of Plymouth and its Mini d r community connected by the sea”. Stephan is famous for putting dance where you never thought dance would go, with large scale TaskForce dancers rehearse Liquid Landscapes on the streets of Plymouth (top), in Armada Way (below) and on The Hoe (left) do end le public art performances in New York’s Grand Central Station, the British Library and the Natural History Museum. run dr oject He is bringing the second phase of his inter- national outdoor dance project, Liquid Land- as hip Devon scapes to Devon, as part of Dartington’s mission TWELVE car riumphed in to develop exciting new art work outside the walls the Mini’s 50 the best sus- of the Dartington Hall Estate. by driving 1 ects in the ‘Art can be made out of O’Groats – dr ocal author- anything. There’s no right The 2009 den Awards or wrong about art-making’ drivers in 12 y 2009. Land’s End t Energy for He has been working with professional per- be the 11th me aims to formers in his own company as well as locally, and money for cha regeneration will work alongside local artists. The Small C and demand The first performance is tomorrow at The from North D Tiltyard, Dartington, and the week of daily events raising money led to 109 culminates next weekend in promenade tours of pice South W tallations in the Tinside Lido in Plymouth. enough to pay community The shows are all linked by the theme of Messy Play R urther 18 in water. Stephan Koplowitz (inset) has been rehearsing his dancers at Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe Cornwall. It “We’re carrying on from Los Angeles last year,” £36,000 to th Coming soon to a street, lido or theatre near you tal installed says Stephan in a break from his packed rehearsal schedule. “It’s all about water and water related Event organ than 2 “I absolutely about 1,300 stories.” In Los Angeles, water has a political dimension. year for this. ssions. TASKFORCE are staging a week of perfor- shorts created during last year’s TaskForce USA and their first performance is down the centre of meet some re ards judges At the beginning of the 20th century, engineer mances in Dartington, Buckland Abbey and – Kid Galahad Karaoke and Chinatown: Water- Armada Way, starting at the Copthorne Hotel ng renewable William Mulholland transformed the desert with Plymouth, most of which are free. mark (inspired by locations from Roman Polan- and working down to the sundial. This year’s e economic the 233-mile Los Angeles Aqueduct which took Abbey, the home of Sir Francis Drake. In this case working class population and its tourist pop- even after more than ten years. “One of the SATURDAY JUNE 20 ski’s film, Chinatown) plus a short documentary Armada Way, 1pm and 5pm. liar twist as that green water from the Owens Valley in Central Cal- I felt the need to immerse myself in history. One of ulation and it’s sense of history. reasons is that I just love being able to make work TaskForce collaborates with dance artists from on the project in America, footage from the THURSDAY JUNE 25 hippies and d to sustain- ifornia to the city. the pieces of information I found was that he was “Plymouth has this energy and it’s great that we out of what people consider their daily life. University College Falmouth for a promenade Plymouth rehearsals and a question and answer Visual artist Ella Huhne will work with Task- with flowers particularly It effectively drained Owens Lake within 20 one of the people responsible for bringing water to are going to be part of that community and that “The act of making art and artists is often, on performance that explores Dartington’s unique session with Stephan Koplowitz. Force to create a performance in and around era. the current years and started the California Water Wars, the Plymouth. we will make our work on site at these places.” some level, misunderstood. But we think about all Tiltyard and its historical water connections. Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Lewinsky Building, Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe to mark its The 1,000- inspiration for the storyline of the film Chi- “He was the William Mulholland of Plymouth. Stephan and his dancers have spent three weeks the same things that workers in a factory think Dartington, Totnes at 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Limited University of Plymouth at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 250th anniversary year. five days, with he scheme’s natown. They were two men who had a certain amount of in Devon on a tight schedule of daily rehearsals on about – family, job security, whatever. We just on-site parking. (concessions £3): 01752 585050. Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. from Darting aid: “With “Water is a vital part of the global economy. It’s wealth and means. location and in the studio. manufacture what we make in different ways. SUNDAY JUNE 21 TUESDAY JUNE 23 FRIDAY JUNE 26 ton, North D lated rural an issue that everyone needs to be aware of. “And coming here, I learned a lot of things Daily performances start tomorrow and “Art can be made out of anything. There’s no Interdisciplinary artist Dan Faberoff is involved A camera obscura in Devonport, Plymouth, is Guest Helen Snell, a paper artist, will be Monday, Jun here most of Without water the economy of Plymouth would about Smeaton’s Tower. Essentially, it’s a light- include film documentaries at the University of right or wrong about art-making. It’s exciting. It’s in a performance that highlights the architecture part of a multi-site performance in different involved in the performance to highlight the Land’s End t provided by not exist. house on The Hoe and on some level you don’t Plymouth and a show at the Barbican Theatre. a chance to play. In the end that’s what we’re of the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey, home of locations. Every half an hour, a small audience iconic status of the Mayflower Steps. Scotland. Th promotion of “One of the things that I believe as a site specific really need to know more than that... but I did The theatre’s artistic director Mark Laville said doing. That’s what creativity is. It’s play.” Sir Francis Drake, the man who brought fresh inside the camera obscura in Seymour House Pilgrims Point, The Barbican, 12pm, 1pm their final d makes good artist is that on some level the site is just the find out that the design of it became copied for all they were really excited about Liquid Land- water to Plymouth, and now National Trust. will be able to see the dancers some distance In the evening you can see TaskForce Remixed lunchtime. environment starting point. You can see the site in a new way, other lighthouses. scapes. G For more information on the performances, see Buckland Abbey, Yelverton at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. away. Performances are every 30 minutes. at The Barbican Theatre at 8pm. Tickets £5 y. even if it’s a site you know very well. “Some place I approach the work visually, and “Stephan Koplowitz is going to shake-up the The drivers panel (right) or visit www.dartington.org/arts/ Free parking but normal National Trust admissions Seymour House, Mount Wise, between 3pm and (concessions £3). 01752 585050. e success of “It’s not my motivation to create something in some place historically. Every site calls upon city, bringing pioneering public dance to the day but once taskforce where you can see video footage of apply (£4.20 adults, £2.10 children, NT members 6pm. You must reserve the free tickets online at SATURDAY/SUNDAY JUNE 27/28 will catalyse new from the place that I’m at. I have the site give different levels of research. I get a real sense of a streets and people of Plymouth,” he said. “We tination, the rehearsals. Liquid Landscapes is part of Plymouth free). www.dartington.org/taskforce. The week ends with a unique promenade tour of rest of the me my instructions. Some sites do that with their city from walking around. expect big crowds and lots of buzz throughout the return journe Summer Festival, Dance-ing Devon and Respond!, MONDAY JUNE 22 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 Tinside Lido on the Hoe. history. “Plymouth reminds me of some towns in Long city.” an RSA initiative to highlight the arts’ engagement There will be a screening of two original dance TaskForce moves into Plymouth City Centre 6pm on both days. The group Council “I did that with the Great Barn at Buckland Island which is near New York City with its Stephan says he loves to do site-specific work, with environmental issues. £260,000 ove 006 to create £220,000 ha on footprint. Hospice Sout
  32. 32. PERFORMANCE WEEK Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce performances started on Saturday, June 19 and ended nine days later on Sunday, June 27th
  33. 33. First Day of Performances: Saturday, June 19, Dartington Tiltyard, at 3:30pm and 5:30pm
  34. 34. Tiltyard Performance, Section ONE
  35. 35. Tiltyard Performance, Section TWO
  36. 36. Tiltyard performance, Section THREE
  37. 37. Dance artists from King Edward VI Community College, Anders Duckworth and University College Falmouth - Emma Bass, Joni Brown, Meghan Carney, Emma Hurman , Nicola Langley, Josephine McCourt, Louise Moxhay, Minou Polleros, Christel Preux, Sarah Stone and guest performing artist Malaika Sarco-Thomas
  38. 38. Second day, Sunday, June 21st, Buckland Abbey: The Great Barn A collaboration with video artist Dan Farberoff Jonathan Cummins of the National Trust introducing Stephan Koplowitz at Buckland Abbey
  39. 39. Third day of performances, TASKFORCE FILMS and reception @ The Jill Craigie Cinema
  40. 40. Fourth Day, Performances with the Camera Obscura at Seymour House: continuously from 3pm to 6pm, Tuesday, June 22 - Audience members were invited to experience eight different sites throughout Plymouth at 30 minute intervals from inside the perspective of the camera obscura. In Collaboration with guest artitst, Jo McCaren, Director of the Camera Obscura at Seymour House
  41. 41. Outside, on the grounds of Seymour House
  42. 42. Inside, the view from the camera obscura
  43. 43. SEYMOUR HOUSE-In Text front of the Eco Build House Lauren Davey
  44. 44. The Redoubt adjacent to Seymour House
  45. 45. LOWER GRASS EMBANKMENT Rachel Sweeney MAYFLOWER MARINA Emily Dobson
  46. 46. Plymouth Youth Dance featuring Amie Lord, Rebecca Walker SCOTT MEMORIAL and Kane Mills Zuzana Wallnerova & Gemma Ward
  47. 47. Fifth Day, Armada Way, Wednesday, June 23, 2009: TaskForce performs two 55 minutes performance works at 1pm and 5pm through the heart of Plymouth
  48. 48. Stephan Koplowitz and Gordon Sparks (BBC Morning radio host), at the Armada Way performance
  49. 49. Sixth Day, Smeaton’s Tower: Thursday, June 24, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm A collaboration with visual artist Ella Huhne
  50. 50. Seventh Day, Mayflower Steps, Friday June 26: 12pm and 1pm A collaboration with visual artist Helen Snell
  51. 51. Sixth Day, Barbican Theater, Friday, June 26, 8pm: TaskForce ReMixed, Improvisational Concert a unique opportunity to be introduced to the site-art creative process of TaskForce during the creation of Liquid Landscapes
  52. 52. Seventh and Eighth Day, TINSIDE LIDO Saturday 27& Sunday 28 June, 6pm
  53. 53. Tinside Lido, Section ONE
  54. 54. Tinside Lido, Section TWO
  55. 55. Tinside Lido, Section THREE
  56. 56. TASKFORCE DANCERS
  57. 57. Philine Janssens, BE (Belgium)
  58. 58. Rosalind Noctor, UK
  59. 59. Ezekiel Oliveira, PT (Portugal)
  60. 60. Megan Saunders, UK
  61. 61. Caitlin Smith, UK
  62. 62. Kylie Sudds, UK
  63. 63. Kevin Williamson, USA
  64. 64. Alexandria Yalj, USA
  65. 65. Over 3,000 people witnessed Dartington's free public dance performances Over 3,000 people experienced one or more of the nine events that made up Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce Liquid Landscapes, which took place in eight historic sites across Plymouth and beyond, bringing free public dance to audiences and locations that had never before seen the like. “Absolutely outstanding. Very interesting, loved every minute of it. Especially when they jumped up the lighthouse, it was very fluid.” Jake, Plymouth The 16 performances at eight different sites, all linked by the theme of water, took place from Saturday June 20 to Sunday June 28 and included events at Smeaton’s Tower, the Mayflower Steps, the Camera Obscura at Seymour House in Devonport, Armada Way and The Barbican Theatre, along with nearby Dartington Hall gardens and Buckland Abbey – culminating in a collaborative weekend performance at the Tinside Lido. “I am very inspired and touched at the movement of the dance. Loved it”. Declan, Plymouth “The gardens and tiltyard continue to provide surprises for performance even after 70 years! Evocative and beautiful” Jane, Totnes “Really cool and funky. Very different and unusual choreography. Liked the lifts and how the dancers connected with power and emotion.” Bianca, Plympton David Francis, Director of Arts at Dartington said “Dartington really enjoyed working with Stephan Koplowitz and his company TaskForce on Liquid Landscapes, which changed the way we experience familiar surroundings throughout the region. The work was hugely successful and it was fantastic to see such a warm and positive response from the people of Devon and Plymouth. Dartington will build on the success of this project by bringing pioneering creative work to more and more people.” To see film footage taken throughout the event, find out more information and see images please go to www.dartington.org/taskforce
  66. 66. STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ is an award winning HUGH NANKIVELL has worked with the ROH, LARA LLOYD is currently Producer of director/choreographer/media artist internationally Halle and Opera North. He has been Live Art at Dartington. Prior to her current known for his work on the concert stage and for commissioned as artist in residence for post she worked for the Rebecca creating original site-specific multi-media works for Dartmoor National Park, Hidden Cities, & Hossack Gallery, the British Council and architecturally significant sites. His site work aims ‘Ocean’ for the Barbican Theatre Plymouth. He Visiting Arts - the national agency to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and helped form theatre company ‘Blazing Tales’, dedicated to strengthening intercultural scale, all infused with a sense of the human consulted for a Anglo-Chinese project in understanding through the arts. condition. Since 1980 he has created 60 works and Morecambe, led workshops for Sage has been awarded 42 commissions. A 2004 Alpert Gateshead. He is currently researching creativity GORAV KALYAN is a LA-based film Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim with 3-year-olds in Tokyo and Torquay, director and cinematographer. His Fellowship in Choreography in addition to a 2000 arranging British performances of Whaletone short film, “After the Funeral,” was an New York Dance and Performance Award, “Bessie” Opera, www.whaletone.co.uk and inventing an official selection at the 2007 AFI Fest for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography. In audio walk project searching for pianos with and 2008 Black & White Film Festival 1996, his site-specific work Genesis Canyon theatre director Wils Wilson in Porto, Portugal. Gorav is a commissioned by the Dance Umbrella Festival, for www.keystothesea.co.uk “In my teens I Philosophy graduate and is currently the Natural History Museum in London won Time discovered Bach and Oscar Peterson, composed pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts in Out Magazine’s Award for “Best Dance Production the music for Milton Keynes’ Concrete Cows, Film Directing at CalArts of 1996”. He has created site-specific works for played in rock and jazz bands in Birmingham CLAIR BECKETT trained at Middlesex NY’s Lincoln Center (2001), the internet based and spent three months busking in Europe. In University gaining a BA Honors Degree Webbed Feats NY’s Bryant Park (1997), the British my twenties I did a music degree, played three in Dance Performance. She’s danced Library (1998), a coal processing plant in Essen, summers at the Edinburgh Festival, became with Cloud Dance Company and Germany (1999), the windows of Grand Central Musician-in-Residence for Tyne and Wear performed in venues including Sadlers Terminal. In 2007, he was commissioned by Museums, visited Korea and Japan and helped Wells, Arts Depot and The Place. Clair Summers Stages Dance to create a site-specific set up Sound Sense.” is now a Community Dance work for the newly opened Institute for Practitioner with Attik. Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. The work, (iseea), was named one of the best dance EZEKIEL OLIVEIRA is originally from Lisbon productions of 2007 by the Boston Globe. After where he studied New Circus and Performing PHILINE JANSSENS trained in working and living in New York City for 23 years, Arts. Since graduating from London contemporary dance and ballet. She Koplowitz, in 2006 accepted the position of dean of Contemporary Dance School he’s performed for recently worked for Stijn Celis at the Dance at the California Institute of the Arts. Hofesh Shechter, Tamsin Fitzgerald and John Vlaamse Opera (Antwerp) and with Fulljames. Yasmeen Godder in Jaffa (Tel Aviv). She was recently commissioned as a choreographer for the Place Prize ROSALIND NOCTOR studied at Bird College and CAITLIN SMITH trained at the Laban Centre 2008. London Contemporary Dance School. She has London. She has worked with companies danced and toured with companies Evolving including 103 Falling Birds, KYLIE SUDDS trained at The Northern Motion, Sara Crow & Co, Nu Tempo Dance and Theater der Klaenge, IPDancers and Diversity School of Contemporary Dance and The Darkin Ensemble, performing in Europe, Brazil and Dance. She choreographed dance theatre piece Rotterdam Dance Academy, She recently Singapore. Breakpoint last year. co-founded her own dance company Ten in Paris. MEGAN SAUNDERS graduated from Laban. ALEXANDRIA YALJ has been dancing since she KEVIN WILLIAMSON graduated from UCLA’s She’s worked with choreographers Allison Brown, could walk, but only began formal training while Department of World Arts and Cultures in 2004. Miguel Pereira, Lost Dog and Rosemary Butcher. attending Montclair State University. Before Since he has performed for David Gordon, Julie She currently works as an animateur for Richard graduating with a BFA in dance she studied dance Taymor, Angelin Preljocaj, Sebastian Prantl, Kate Alston Dance Company and iceandfire theatre. as well as social science at Middlesex University in Hutter, Fatima Robinson, Ryan Heffington and the United Kingdom, in 2007 she received her MFA Maria Gillespie in Los Angeles, New York City and in choreography from CalArts . Alexandria was a Vienna. Kevin was a member of TaskForce in member of TaskForce in California in 2008. California in 2008.
  67. 67. STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ: TASKFORCE Liquid Landscapes CONCEIVED, DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY Stephan Koplowitz ORIGINAL MUSIC BY Hugh Nankivell CHOREOGRAPHY BY Stephan Koplowitz IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TASKFORCE PERFORMERS TASKFORCE COMPANY Philine Janssens, Rosalind Noctor, Ezekiel Oliveira, Megan Saunders, Caitlin Smith, Kylie Sudds, Alexandria Yalj, Kevin Williamson ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Lara Lloyd SOUND DESIGN Luke Robinson & Tom McCaren VIDEOGRAPHER Gorav Kalyan REHEARSAL DIRECTOR Clair Beckett
  68. 68. Technical Manager: Ninian Harding Assistant Production Manager- Danielle Rose Production Assistants: Bryony Devine, Lauren Davey, Chris Hines Guides: Monica Yunnie, Mandy Flannery, Kaye Payton-Wright & Rosemary Hardman Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce would like to thank Vaughan Lindsay, CEO of the Dartington Hall Trust, Steven Lavine, President of the California Institute of the Arts and Bill Lowman, President Idyllwild Arts for their vision, trust and support; AND to Ruth Way & Adam Benjamin for the use of their beautiful dance studio at the University of Plymouth & for their partnership along with Mark and Jules Laville for their partnership and co- presenting TaskForce at the Barbican. Sincere thanks also to Simon Ible and Peninsula Arts for presenting TaskForce at the Jill Craigie Cinema and co-presenting the Re-Mix concert at the Barbican Theater: Kevin Thomas and Sarah Flanagan at Plymouth City Council for their support of this project and particularly for hosting us and granting permissions to perform at Tineside Lido;
  69. 69. Kevin Heathorn, BBC Big Screen Producer (Plymouth) for his enthusiasm and support: Jonathan Cummins for his interest and enthusiasm in this project and for making it possible for us to perform in the Great Barn: all the National Trust staff at Buckland Abbey & their volunteers for their support; Jo Clarke at the City Museum & Art Gallery, Mike Kestler and Tony at Plymouth City Harbour Office for granting permission to perform at the Mayflower Steps: Jo McCaren at Seymour House for her partnership and support: Sally Robbins & Attik Dance for their support: Graham Gammin, Neil Dyer and all the gardens team at Dartington for their support of the creation of our work: Susanne Thomas and Malaika Sarco-Thomas for their invaluable support and co-ordination of UCF and KEVICC dancers at Dartington; David Francis, Director of Arts at Dartington for energetic support; Gavin Henderson for his faith in the TaskForce concept from day one, and Peter Boyden for his support. Tim Dollimore for advise and support on film production and John Sanford for securing the loan of vital video equipment: Danielle Rose, Colin Orr, Katrina Hurford, Louise Bennett and the rest of the staff at Dartington for their invaluable work and support on this project and John and Lillian Lovelace for their generosity and vision.
  70. 70. Photographs in this presentation are ©2009 by Kevin Clifford & Stephan Koplowitz with ©2009 and ©2008 Peter Griffiths and Scott Groller Photo presentation 2009 ©Kop Art, Inc./Stephan Koplowitz
  71. 71. Stephan Koplowitz: TASKFORCE will perform in a third location in 2010 Check www.koplowitzprojects.com or write to: skoplowitz@gmail.com for details For more information about TaskForce UK: http://www.dartington.org/arts/ taskforce
  72. 72. For information about Stephan Koplowitz Projects please write to: skoplowitz@gmail.com
  73. 73. Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce is a three-year project which began in California in 2008. It has been specially commissioned and funded by the Transatlantic Arts Consortium, a collaboration between The Dartington Hall Trust, CalArts and Idyllwild Arts
  74. 74. www.koplowitzprojects.com

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