Doris Ressl arrives on January 10th to set a work on the dancers for our upcoming concert French Connections on April 3rd and 4th.
Doris Ressl, dance coordinator/associate professor at CSU Dominguez Hills, heads up the Dance Major in the Department of Theatre and Dance at one of the most diverse universities in Southern California. A foundation of classical ballet and jazz dance led to studies in Humphrey-Weidman, Nikolais, and Cunningham modern techniques at Columbia College in Chicago. Ressl began her performing career in Chicago as a company member with the Chicago Dance Medium and danced for Lin Shook, Jackie Radis, Helen Thorsen, and other Chicago choreographers. Throughout her career, she performed in works by Charles Weidman, June Finch, Maria Cheng, Christopher Watson, Nancy Hauser, David Wick, and Robert Gardner.
Upon receiving a MFA at Smith College, she taught and choreographed for college and professional dance programs including the University of Minnesota Duluth, Radford University, Ball State University, and the Minnesota Ballet. Her choreography has been performed by the Minnesota Ballet, Project LuLu, Colder by the Lake, and Sterling Dance in Duluth and was featured at Red Eye Theatre in Minneapolis and the Minnesota Dance Alliance.
In Minnesota she is known for her site-specific dance event, Dances on the Lakewalk, held in Duluth, MN along Lake Superior and presented by her company, Ressl Dance!. Ressl Dance! formed in 1989 and continues to perform and hold residencies throughout Minnesota and in California. She received an Arts Leadership Award for contributions to dance in Minnesota along with receiving numerous grants and fellowships in Minnesota and California.
In the spring of 2015 she will be a guest choreographer for Karlovsky & Company Dance in St. Louis, choreograph for Archinectic, a site-specific event held in the LA area, and leap into the role of interim chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Looking forward to the summer, Ressl will choreograph a piece on the Christopher Watson Dance Company and once again present Dances on the Lakewalk in July.