ARCOS Dance is a multimedia performance company based in Austin that experiments rigorously to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance.
Curtis Uhlemann and Erica Gionfriddo co-choreograph in a process forged by years of partnership and a shared passion for intricate, athletic movement, collaborating dynamically with media artist Eliot Gray Fisher to create a profoundly interdisciplinary experience.
ARCOS was selected as a finalist in the 2012 MacCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, California, was commissioned by contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe to create an interactive performance in conjunction with its installation The Pearl, and was invited to present work at the 2014 CURRENTS International New Media Festival. ARCOS has been awarded artistic residencies at Ucross Foundation, Playa Summerlake, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Colorado College, and University of Texas at San Marcos and grants from Rea Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Donors Trust, Hatchfund, and New Mexico Arts.
ARCOS Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offers dynamic, professional-level training and development workshops for independent artists, ongoing community dance technique classes, and performance intensives for established and emerging professionals.
ARCOS combines choreography, theater, sound design, music, and interactive media to push past the lines that separate artistic disciplines and to innovate new forms of transmedia performance relevant to contemporary audiences, which explore the complexity of being human and the turbulent process of traditions in flux.
ARCOS embodies its mission by developing and performing original repertoire shows and evening-length multimedia productions. Curtis Uhlemann and Erica Gionfriddo co-choreograph in a process forged by their years of artistic partnership and passions for visceral, articulate movement, collaborating dynamically with theater/video artist and composer Eliot Gray Fisher.
After seven years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, building a substantial following of dance students, managing a respected pre-professional training program, and directing and choreographing for an acclaimed regional dance company, the founders of ARCOS decided to embark on their own creative venture that would combine their respective talents and expertise and test the boundaries of their creative work. ARCOS was established in 2011, and began as a forum to provide performance opportunities for highly trained young dancers, and quickly began its evolution into a professional touring company that performs internationally, and experiments in non-traditional venues. After a wide search for a new home where they could continue to expand their audience and outreach, ARCOS relocated to Austin, Texas in 2013.
ARCOS was selected as a finalist in the 2012 MacCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, California, was commissioned by contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe to create an interactive performance in conjunction with its installation The Pearl, and was invited to present work at the 2014 CURRENTS International New Media Festival. The company’s recent multimedia production The Warriors: A Love Story received the “Spirit of the Fringe” award at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Uhlemann, Gionfriddo, and Fisher were awarded artistic residency at prestigious programs in Oregon, Wyoming, and Nebraska to build new work for the 2014-15 season.
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