Annie Kloppenberg '01
Annie Kloppenberg graduated with a joint major in Dance and American Civilization and received her MFA in choreography from The Ohio State University. She is currently Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at Colby College in Waterville, ME, and is on the board of the Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA where she also teaches. She is a certified yoga instructor trained at OM Yoga in New York City. She has studied improvisation at the Work in Performance of Improvisation, the Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation, and has received scholarships to the American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. In Boston, her work has been presented by Perla Joy Furr and the Choreographers’ Group, and her full concert, Caution: Flammable, was among the first to be presented by Green Street Studios’ Emerging Artist program, where she later presented Between the Lines, a shared concert that was selected by the Boston Globe as the “Dance Pick” for the weekend. In New York, she has shown her work at DanceSpace Center (now DNA) and in the Hatch series. Annie has taught at the American College Dance Festival and throughout the Boston area, most notably, serving as interim dance program director at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA and has worked in performing arts administration at the Wexner Center for the Arts, New York City Center, and Dance Theater Workshop. She has performed in works by Shani Collins, Rebecca Rice, Penny Campbell, Prometheus Dance, Elisha Clark, Annie Bessera, Jill Anderson, Jill Jackson, Cathy Young, Heidi Henderson, and Katherine Ferrier as well as in repertory projects by Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermsdorf, Gabriel Masson, Tere O'Connor and David Dorfman.
Annie says this about her creative process:
I make non-linear, non-narrative dance works. In a collaborative process, I develop a language of the body by investigating provocative ideas, images, texts and reinterpreting them in and through the body. That language of movement and gesture then becomes the basis for building works that attempt to challenge the viewer’s ability to reconcile both familiar and unfamiliar ideas, images, and circumstances. I believe in the body’s ability to communicate on multiple levels, to articulate human experience with physical poetics, and to elicit powerful visceral responses. I am interested in facilitating those responses by combining virtuosic, dynamic movement and partnering with evocative gestures, and by arranging bodies in space and time, generating a series of relationships that inspire multiple readings and textured meanings.