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about Holly Rothschild, Artistic Director

Holly Rothschild is a dancer, choreographer/director, musician, and educator. Her collaborative and independent work has been presented at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, TED, The Athenaeum Theater in Chicago, Taste 3 in Napa, The 2006 and 2007 Grammy’s, The Edye Second Space at The Broad Stage, The Wintergarden in New York City, "Atelier" and "Nights" at The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Dance Chicago, Link’s Hall in Chicago, The Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom, Electric Lodge, Northwestern University, The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago, a national tour for Dom Perignon, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Festival Mozaic Fringe Festival in San Luis Obispo, the Fairbanks International Summer Arts Festival and at many Universities, venues and Theaters throughout the US and abroad. In 2008, she directed and choreographed "Grey Shanty" a short dance film that premiered at the 6th Annual Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema. The film was presented again in Barcelona in the summer of 2010 for San Souci’s European Festival. In 2010, Holly was the recipient of the Annenberg Community Beach House/Marion Davies Guest House Choreography Residency. As part of her residency, she gave lectures, taught community workshops and created a site-specific dance piece. She has worked with artist Yoshua Okon and the Los Angeles Nomadic Division choreographing 15 male pitbulls for the Glow Festival and the Hammer Museum.

She has created many original evening length dance theater pieces as well as site-specific works. For the 2010 TED conference in Palm Springs, she created dance installations for a performance by String Theory. She has directed original adaptations of theater works and has choreographed several plays including "Neverland" at The Edgmar Theater in Santa Monica, directed by Stephen Fife. Her work has received critical acclaim in Performing Arts Journal.

Holly founded String Theory with designer/composer (and husband) Luke Rothschild & cellist/composer, Joseph Harvey. String Theory is a hybrid performance group featuring musicians, dancers and large-scale sonic sculpture. She also is the founder and artistic director of Strange & Elegant Choreography and Performance Installations, a dance performance company that creates site-specific image based dance.

As a movement educator, Holly spent several years as artist-in-residence in the theatre department at Chicago's Columbia College where she taught movement for actors. She has taught contemporary dance at Joel Hall Dance Studios, Zeal Studios in LA, Movement Lab at the Church on Ocean Park, company class for Body Traffic at Dance Arts Academy and at Hamlin Park in Chicago. Having taught many residencies and performance workshops throughout the US to a variety of individuals including those with disabilities, Holly has worked with senior citizens for a San Francisco performance at the Theater Artaud, taught movement for actors at Chicago's Second City, as well as a contact improvisation at a correctional facility in Alaska. She has also worked with teachers on integrating movement and art into their curriculums and has designed and taught a credited course at the University of Anchorage entitled "Integrating Intellectual and Physical Creativity Across the Curriculum. Recently, Holly wrote and piloted a pre-school curriculum for Temple Israel of Hollywood integrating artistic mediums. Holly also teaches professional level dance classes.

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