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 codirectors to this day. BWL partnered with Sarah Elgart to create the La Boca theater (1991), at the
Sunshine Mission/Casa De Rosas, the oldest shelter for homeless women in Los Angeles. During
their nine-year residency, classes were free of charge and performances created an important
cultural exchange.
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 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 weekly
has held classes (first at LACE and La Boca) over 20 years. BWL’s mentorship provides artists with
an opportunity to develop work in a supportive atmosphere. BWL has continuing relationships with
the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Grand Performances, UCLA, Cal State LA,
USC, Highways Performance Space, REDCAT, Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio and Anna Halprin.
BWL co-produced Oguri's Height of Sky for the James Irvine Foundation. The award-winning
documentary by director Morleigh Steinberg of Oguri’s dance explorations of the California desert
screened nationally. Touring internationally, 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 and will be restaged this fall 2016 for the
Hammer Museum. In 2011, Oguri formed Arcane Collective, production company for BWL touring.
Cold Dream Colour – Homage to Louis LeBroquy, premiered 2011 in Ireland, at the REDCAT, 2012,
and Portland’s BodyVox Theater, 2013. Return to Absence, developed in BWL, Flower of the
Season, based on Samuel Beckett’s trilogy Malloy, Malone Dies & Unnamable premiered May &
June 2014 at the Dublin Dance Festival and the Beckett Festival. In 2016, it toured to NY Live Arts
and the Hiroshima Theater, Barcelona, Spain. It is headed to Portland this winter. Flower of the
Season projects have brought artists from Japan, Spain, Denmark, Holland and France to teach
and perform. In November 2015, a reciprocal opportunity came to BWL as Oguri and Roxanne
were invited to teach and perform at Teatro Ensalle, Vigo, Spain. For our 2nd major commission at the Getty, we opened the citywide PST festival with our collaboration with artist Hirokazu Kosaka and musician Yuval Ron, "Mare Imbrium". Summer 2015, it was re-staged magnificently in Los Angeles’s Grand Performances, highlighting our long relationship that includes an audience development project - a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Grant initiative.

Intensive BWL workshops, integral to company development, 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, Pomona 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.