Dawn Karlovsky is the founder and artistic director of Karlovsky & Company Dance, a contemporary modern dance company dedicated to exploring and nurturing the art of dance with innovative choreography that illuminates the human experience. Her approach to choreography is exploratory and inventive, tapping into the complexities of the human spirit. Karlovsky’s work regularly includes collaboration with other artists from a variety of disciplines including music, visual art, poetry, theater, and dance, and developing dance for the camera.
Dawn Karlovsky is a recipient of the 2015 Artist Fellowship Awards by The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Her thought provoking, athletic, and emotionally candid dances have been commissioned and presented by universities, modern dance companies and theatre companies worldwide including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Beijing, China, and France. In St. Louis, her choreography has been presented in concert productions of her former pick-up company, Dawn Karlovsky & Dancers, under the umbrella organization of ANNONYAarts 2004-2012, and in festivals including Spring to Dance, The St. Lou Fringe Festival, Dancing in the Street, St. Louis Dance Festival, The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and Contemporary Moves hosted by Dance St. Louis. Described by Alive Magazine as “one of St. Louis’s most intriguing choreographers,” Karlovsky makes dances that are playful and athletic, yet sincere and vulnerable. Two of her works, Finding Space (2010) and In…Into…One (2011) were featured in Dance St. Louis – Spring to Dance Festival.
Karlovsky is interested in the creative process and working in collaboration with other artists from a variety of disciplines including music, visual art, poetry, theater, and dance, and developing dance for the camera. Her video, Closer, created in collaboration with New York-based choreographer, Megan Nicely, was presented at the American College Dance Festival – ScreenDance Festival in 2011.
Dawn moved to St. Louis in 1998 after dancing and touring with companies in San Francisco, Louisville, and Chicago including Afterimages Repertory Dance, California Contemporary Dancers, and GASH/VOIGT Dance Theatre in St. Louis, and in addition, performing with many independent artists including contact improvisation works with Andrew Harwood, David Marchant, Liz Claire, and Angela Culbertson, project collaborations with Mary Ann Rund, and performing Isadora Duncan repertoire under the direction of Dr. Alice Bloch.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Northern Illinois University. Dawn Karlovsky teaches modern dance and somatic studies at Washington University, and in the Department of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis, and is dance faculty at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). Dawn is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
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