Aura Fischbeck is a San Francisco–based dance artist, movement educator and writer. She creates performance events that investigate and communicate the body’s intelligence and reflect the complexity of the contemporary human experience. Fischbeck’s work seeks to examine the intersection of movement, language and culture as a bodily poetics, with an interest in researching strategies which undermine habitual choice making and invite comfortability with the unknown as a deliberate performative state. Aura Fischbeck’s choreography has been presented nationally in series, festivals and shared programs since 2001. She has held residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Shawl Anderson Dance Center and SAFEHouse for the Arts. Aura has received grants through CA$H, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and has been a guest teacher at Dixie State University (now Utah Tech University), St. George; City College of San Francisco; ODC, San Francisco; and Headwaters Theatre, Portland, Oregon. Aura has performed the work of many esteemed artists, including Christy Funsch/Funsch Dance Experience, Deborah Karp Dance Project, Deborah Hay (as part of Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project, 2012), Susan Rethorst (as part of Hope Mohr’s Bridge Project), Daria Kaufman, Chris Black, Biba Bell, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Krista DeNio and Brigitta Herrmann. A Philadelphia native, Aura Fischbeck received her earliest dance training from her mother, Brigitta Herrmann, a student of Mary Wigman and co-founder and co-artistic director of Group Motion Dance Company, and her father, Manfred Fischbeck, co-founder and co-artistic director of the Group Motion Dance Company. She holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she studied under Barbara Dilley.
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