Grace E. Courvoisier.
Grace Courvoisier, a native of Las Vegas, NV, is a bi-coastal performance maker and choreographer based in New York City and L.A. Upon studying Graham, Horton, and Composition at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies & Performing Arts High School, she also studied Vaganova technique with Nevada Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of Bruce Steivel, for which she received the Nancy Houssel Scholarship. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has had the opportunity to work with/perform the works of renowned choreographers including Tere O’Connor, Kirstie Simpson, Laurie Carlos, Catherine Cabeen, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, and Linda Lehovec. Grace was also selected to perform in the reconstruction of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s D-Man In The Waters (National Endowment for the Arts) in 2008. She created a number of works during her undergraduate, including Sister Republic, which was invited for inclusion in the American College Dance Festival, and went on to be performed in Chen Dance Center's New Steps Choreographer's Series in NYC 2011.
Grace Courvoisier and Dance Company (GC&DC) was founded in September 2012. Grace believes the physicalty of a woman's body can house historical and emotional landscapes. Often using theatricality, GC&DC's practice consists of conversations in and about the female body/organs which is then used as a burrowing technique to find movement specifically subjective to the physical self. Her NYC works have been performed for The Current Sessions at The Wild Project, CRAWL, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Bunker Dance, Symphony Space, Movement Research, Judson Church, The Secret Theater, and Issue Project Room. In her spare time, she can be caught at various museum exhibitions, reading Victorian British Literature, practicing/writing anagrams, hovered over a DIY project, and saving the world one sequin at a time.