Los Angeles, CA
United States

REBECCA PAPPAS

Performing Arts

Description of Work

Rebecca imagines the process of choreography as a practice of "world creation," and each of her dances is a peephole into a strange and arresting universe with its own movement vocabulary and specific structure. Her works are highly imagistic and often capture humans and creatures in processes of becoming. She is particularly interested in dance as a tool for excavating and exaggerating the personal and social histories housed in our bodies.



 

Bio



Rebecca lives in sunny California where she has been making work under the name Pappas and Dancers since 2002. From 2002-2006, her company appeared throughout northern California at venues and festivals including the Monterey Dance Festival, Westwave/Summerfest at Theater Artaud, The Underserved at ODC, and The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. In 2006, she moved to Los Angeles where she began 'Monster', a project that has been seen in 17 venues in 13 cities nationally and internationally including Tallinn University in Tallinn, Estonia; The Esplanade in Singapore; and The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. 'Monster' uses imagined “creature vocabularies” to examine Jewish history, shame, and cycles of violence. It is reflective of Rebecca’s interest in the body as an archive for personal and social histories. Pappas and Dancer’s latest work, a dance concerning itself with history and memory, is a ritual for forgetting, which joyfully unmoors, discombobulates and confuses the past. In addition to choreographing her own work, Rebecca has performed for artists including Barak Marshall, Victoria Marks, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Rachael Lincoln, and Erica Shuch. Pappas and Dancers has received choreographic residencies at Yaddo, Dragon’s Egg, Djerassi, UCLA’s Hothouse and Shotwell Studios, and funding from the Clorox Company Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the UCLA/Mellon Initiative for Research on the Holocaust in American and World Culture. Rebecca is currently adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College.

 

 


 

Monster - 2009
Monster - 2009
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Monster - 2009
Monster - 2009
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"Risk / Reward" - 2012

"Monster" - 2009

"Thumbnail" - 2006