Artist in Residence, Dancer/Choreographer
Sept. 29 - Oct. 6, 2006
Mon., Oct. 2, 2006
McPhee 105 (Dance Studio)
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire Department of Music & Theatre Arts.
Movement artist David Appel will be at UW-Eau Claire as Artist-in-Residence in the Music & Theatre Arts Department from September 29 through October 9. He will be a guest lecturer in the Dance Appreciation and Advanced Modern Dance classes, choreograph a new work for the Concert Dance Company, as well as present a dance master class to the university and greater Eau Claire community.
David Appel was born in Philadelphia and raised in nearby Abington, Pennsylvania. He began his formal dance education in his second year of college; however, the real roots of the way he moves lie in the social dancing prevalent during his junior high school and high school years. The freestyle dancing coming into vogue during the mid-late 1960's acted as a creative outlet and means for discovering a quirky musicality, and laid the groundwork for an unusually visceral play of time--and a use of improvisation--that are among the signature threads running through his dances.
Appel, a choreographer, performer, and teacher, has a background in a variety of techniques, including modern, release, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Aikido, contact and other improvisation forms, movement re-education, and healing. His work has taken him throughout North America and Europe to a wide range of venues and for audiences and students from diverse backgrounds.
Appel has received numerous grants and awards, including three Choreographers Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the faculty at New York University, NYC; the University of the Arts, Philadelphia,PA; and George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
David Appel's work is described as an idiosyncratic amalgam of dogged movement exploration, pointed intellectual curiosity, an underlying stream of social conscience, and oddball humor. Its unexpected and powerful emotional and spiritual resonance further extends the invitation to journey with this intriguing and gifted artist as he looks to uncover, examine, comment on, and connect some of the myriad possiblities available to us all.
Master of Arts degree in Dance; Goddard College, 1977
Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance; Bennington College, 1972
For More Information Contact:
Professor of Dance
Haas Fine Arts, 173