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BIOGRAPHY
ROXANNE
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Roxanne Steinberg has worked within a strong tradition of modern dance, studying Graham, Horton, Limon, Cunningham, and Lewitsky techniques from some of the first-generation modern dance pioneers. At a young age, she began developing a practice of creative dance and improvisation. A graduate of Bennington College, she studied post-modern dance and worked in the Black Music Division. From performing in abandoned factories with Zig Zag dans la Savane in Paris to choreographing a Mandala for 32 Shingon Buddhist acolytes in Koyasan, Japan, Roxanne has worked internationally with musicians and composers including Alex Cline, Yas Kaz, Paul Chavez with Feltlike, Yuval Ron, Steve Lockwood, Pheeroan Aklaf, Adam Rudolph, Leon Mobley and Myra Melford. She has participated in the work of interdisciplinary artists Carol Kim and Bill Viola. In Japan, she danced with dancers/choreographers Amagatsu of Sankai Juku and Min Tanaka with whom she performed in Carmina Burana conducted by Seiji Ozawa and in Salome (solo) conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama. She founded Body Weather Laboratory in Los Angeles with Melinda Ring in 1988 and has been teaching and performing with dancer Oguri since 1990. Morleigh Steinberg’s award winning film Traveling Light featured her and Oguri. Her work has been presented at REDCAT, Dance Conversations at the Flea in NYC and at Basilica, Hudson. Part of the Arcane Collective she danced in Cold Dream Colour - Homage to Louis Le Broquy, choreographed by Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri, which premiered in Dublin and was presented at REDCAT, LA, Portland, Oregon and the Guggenheim in NY. Caddy! Caddy! Caddy! William Faulkner Dance Project toured nationally and will be presented at Hammer Museum in November 2016 by the dance company she shares with Oguri called Lightning Shadow. She has choreographed for Body Vox in Portland, and artist Lauren Bon’s Not a Cornfield, Farmlab, and Strawberry Flag. She works at Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio where dance is her language for organizing community. She participated in Bon's 2013 commemorative action, 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct. She has been an artist-in-residence Electric Lodge, Venice, CA since 1997. She has taught master classes at UCLA, Art Center, Pomona College, Cal Arts, Evergreen College, Bennington College and choreographed and taught at Cal State LA. She maintains a close creative relationship with Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, REDCAT and Grand Performances where she has choreographed and performed with Oguri. She has received grants from the Durfee Foundation, LA County Arts Commission and Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles for her own work and with Oguri and Body Weather Laboratory.