Deborah Karp Dance Projects presents the work and encompasses the artistic output of choreographer Deborah Karp.
Deborah Karp is a recent Bay Area transplant after seven years as Brooklyn-based dance artist. Her work has been featured locally at Luna Kids’ 20/20 Points of View, Summer of Art’s “What’s on Stage” and as part of 2nd Sundays Dance Salon, presented by Dancers’ Group and Counterpulse. Deborah’s work has been seen throughout New York at The Tank, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, Triskelion Arts, Whitewave, Ulla’s House, Death By Audio, Chashama, and as part of Bushwick Open Studios.
Deborah has performed with Nancy Meehan Dance Company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Rebecca Davis, Mariangela Lopez and The Accidentals, Luis Tentindo, Megan Byrne/Laurie Berg, Jeramy Zimmerman/CatScratch Theatre, pop-band Whore’s Mascara, David Byrne and the Band at Radio City Music Hall, and in collaboration with Anne Zuerner/RoxanneLola MovementMachine and Rishauna Zumberg.
Deborah is a Dancer Instructor with San Francisco Ballet’s Dance In Schools and Communities Program and the San Francisco Recreation Parks Department. She has been a teaching artist with Town Hall, the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival under the direction of Celeste Miller. She also coordinated Colors of Play, a therapeutic arts program for medically fragile children at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.
In 2005 Deborah received a Young Artist’s Grant and Special Projects Proposal Award from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities. These awards allowed her to produce a site-specific evening of dance, and travel to Honduras to collaborate with dance company DanzAbra and arts organization Arte Accion.
Deborah, a San Diego native, graduated with a Bachelor of Dance Arts from the University of Michigan.
Romina Rodriguez-Crosta recently moved to San Francisco from New York, where she had spent the last 6 years performing and collborating on numerous projects. She will be touring Canada this summer (2012) with the Pi Clowns as their stage manager. When she returns, she will continue her studies in acrobatics and see where that leads. She is currently working on her tan.
In addition to being thrilled to work on this project with Deborah, Lea Fulton is also currently working with Alexandra Beller Dances and Motley Dance. In the past, Lea has had the good fortune of creating dance with Heather McArdle, Faye Driscoll, Christine Suarez, Kate Watson-Wallace and Laura Peterson and a unique collaboration with Ryan Ross that culminated in a piece of movable theater, performed at the Philly Fringe Festival 2008. In 2009, she collaborated on a dance film with dancer Stephanie Miracle and filmmaker Greg King that was honored in the Dance on Camera Film Festival 2010. She has choreographed music videos for electronic music artist, Nadia Ali and indie-rock group, Apollo Run in addition to performing in Animal Collective’s video for “Summertime Clothes”. She holds a B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College. She is interested in the healing properties of movement in general and to this end, after being certified to teach yoga in 2009 and studying Thai Massage, began to use these platforms to bring the possibility of healing to people that aren’t usually exposed to such modalities. She teaches yoga for the non-profit organizations, Restore NYC and Our Place Wellness Cafe and also to Muy Thai fighters at the boxing gym, Chok Sabai in Manhattan.
Erin Sylvester, a native Californian, has been living and dancing (and working) in New York for six years. She currently dances for Deborah Karp, Karesia Batan, and is a 5-year member of the Nancy Meehan Dance Company. Erin has also danced for Felicia Ballos, Biba Bell, Anne Zuerner, and has toured with Modern Garage Movement. She primarily trains with Janet Panetta and holds a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz as well as a teaching credential from San Francisco State University.