Guest Artists

Academic Year 2014-2015

karlagrottingKarla Grotting

Karla Grotting will be a visiting guest artist in residence for the St Olaf Dance Department in 2014-15. Ms Grotting is excited to share her passion for jazz dance, jazz music and her many experiences in the percussive arts with the Students at St Olaf.  She is founding member of The Flying Foot Forum, a Minneapolis based dance/theatre company known for its original and engaging work, now in its 24th year.  An eight year veteran of Jazzdance: by Danny Buraczeski, Karla has been on the jazz and tap dance faculty at the U of MN, Twin Cities since 2001. Her awards include a 2005-06 Student’s Choice Award for the U of MN, College of Liberal Arts, a 2007 McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and a 2010 Sage nomination for Outstanding Educator.   Photo credit: V. Paul Virtucio



theatreengineTheatre Engine

Theatre Engine is a multi-institution, multi-media collaboration between dance, music, computer science, and mobile technologies: working together to create a whole new experience for the audience.

In “Flash Mob” shapes appear on the phone. Moving the phone makes the shape wiggle and dance. A corresponding shape appears on the wall of the theatre. As the phone moves the shape on the wall moves. More and more phone movement is required to make the shape move as time goes on. Eventually huge movements are required, i.e. the audience must stand, jump, dance.  Dancers arrive on stage and begin to create a dance interacting with the shapes projected on the wall as their “partner”. Everyone is dancing; audience members with their phones, dancers with the shapes, and audience members with the dancers.

Theatre Engine will be on campus for a one week residency that will include St. Olaf College dancers/performers. The dates of the residency are March 4-8 with performances on March 7-8.



SKheadshotStephan Koplowitz

Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist internationally known for his work on the concert stage and for creating original site-specific multi-media works for architecturally significant sites. His site work aims to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and scale, all infused with a sense of the human condition. Since 1984 he has created 56 works and has been awarded 40 commissions. He is the recipient of a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in addition to a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, “Bessie” for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography. Koplowitz is also the recipient of six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships from (1988-97). In 1996, his site-specific work “Genesis Canyon” commissioned by the Dance Umbrella Festival, for the Natural History Museum in London won Time Out Magazine’s Award for “Best Dance Production of 1996”. In 1994 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wesleyan University where he earned a degree in music (composition). His studies also include an MFA in choreography from the University of Utah. He has guest taught at universities and communities across the country and has directed the Dance Program at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights where he taught from 1983 to 2006. In early 2006 Koplowitz was named Dean of Dance of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts in Los Angeles, California where he currently resides ( His choreography and company, Stephan Koplowitz & Company (Kop Art, Inc.) have been produced repeatedly by internationally recognized performing arts venues domestically and abroad.


Past Guest Artists


Alexandra Beller/Dances


Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater


Urban Bush Women


Shapiro and Smith


Mathew Janczewski
Uri Sands


Eddie Oroyan
Peggy Paver
Robin Stiehm


Brad Garner
Keith Johnson
Brent Schneider


Christian Adeti
Lorry May (Anna Sokolow)
Ellen Keane


Lingo Dance Theater
Mathew Janczewski


KT Niehoff
Walter Kennedy


Jan Erkert
Joe Chvala


Joe Chvala
Barbara Thatcher


David Dorfman
Gail Corbin
Cathy Young
Chris Aiken
Wynn Fricke


Jan Erkert & Dancers


David Dorfman
Seán Curran


Art Bridgman/Myrna Packer
Bridgman/Myrna Packer


Repertory Dance Theatre
Keith Johnson