HISTORY of BODY WEATHER LABORATORY LOS ANGELES
BWL began in Los Angeles in 1988 with classes by dancer/choreographer Roxanne Steinberg. In 1991,dancer/choreographer Oguri joined as Artistic Director, and he and Steinberg remain co-directors to this day. BWL partnered with Sarah Elgart to create the La Boca studio theater (1991), at the Sunshine Mission/Casa De Rosas, the oldest shelter for homeless women in Los Angeles. During their nine year
residency, specially focused classes were free of charge and performances created an important cultural exchange with a wide audience. Since 1997, BWL has been Artist in Residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice. Its workshops and productions support creative collaboration and contribute to the cultural growth and atmosphere of the community. BWL Flower of the Season projects, funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, foster collaborations between musicians, dancers and artists including Hirokazu Kosaka, sculptor Stephan Glassman and musicians Adam Rudolph, Nels Cline and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. BWL offers training twice a week at the Electric Lodge and has held classes (first at LACE and La Boca) for over 20 years. BWL’s mentorship program provides artists with an opportunity to develop work in a supportive atmosphere. BWL has relationships with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Grand Performances, UCLA, Cal State LA, USC; Highways Performance Space, REDCAT, Metabolic Studio and Anna Halprin. BWL co-produced Oguri's Height of Sky for the James Irvine Foundation. The documentary by director Morleigh Steinberg of Oguri’s dance explorations of the California desert screened nationally. BWL performed at Not a Cornfield, Farmlab and Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles. Serving a larger population with its national and international touring, in 2007, BWL received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to tour Oguri’s Caddy! Caddy! Caddy! William Faulkner Dance Project. Developed at the Electric Lodge, it premiered at the REDCAT in 2007 with a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. The piece toured to Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009. In 2011, Oguri formed Arcane Collective, a production company working in conjunction with BWL. Cold Dream Colour – Homage to Louis Le Broquy, premiered in Ireland in 2011, at the REDCAT, Spring, 2012, and toured to Portland’s Body Vox Theater, December, 2013. In May and July 2014 we premiered our newest piece Return to Absence based on Samuel Beckett’s trilogy Malloy, Malone Dies and Unnameable at the Dublin Dance Festival and at the Beckett Festival.
Flower of the Season provided the ground for this collaboration to take root. Intensive BWL workshops are integral to company development and also introduce the work to newcomers. Using the environment as a laboratory for dance, nature is source material preparing dancers for site-specific performance. Partial list of past residencies: UCLA, USC, Cal State L.A., Scripps College, Art Center, Anna Halprin's Mountain Home, Evergreen College, Trinity College, Dance Theater of Ireland, University of Cape Town, South Africa, The Place, London, Passe Partout, Holland; La Pommerie, France, Yugoslavia, Szubotica, Sydney Australia and Raraviz Studio, Barcelona.