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Kristopher Pourzal AA AA

Contact
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Degrees
PhD Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park (in progress)
MFA Dance, Arizona State University (2014)

Bio
Kristopher Pourzal teaches courses in dance and theater history and Black cultural production more broadly. He is at work on a dissertation about New York City’s Clark Center, a community-oriented dance studio and school operating from 1959-1989, which was an especially important hub for African American dance artists. His scholarship has been presented at the Dance Studies Association and the National Dance Education Organization conferences. His written work has been published in Performance Matters and the Movement Research Performance Journal.

Pourzal’s choreographic work has been presented and supported by numerous NYC venues, including GIBNEY, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and The Kitchen. As a dramaturg, performer, and/or assistant, Pourzal has worked for numerous other artists including Will Rawls, Jen Rosenblit, Catherine Galasso, Abigail Levine, Britta Joy Peterson, Carlo Antonio Villanueva, and Ash Yergens.

Teaching

Fall 2022

  • DNCE-205 Dancing Body in a Moving World

Spring 2023

  • DNCE-205 Dancing Body in a Moving World

  • PERF-225 Afr Amer Exper-Perf Arts