Eric Ray Kupers
Initial PGF Award: Choreography Fellowship - Modern, 2007
Additional PGF Awards: 2008 Special Project Award
2009 Works in Progress Residency
Eric Ray Kupers has co-directed, choreographed, and performed with Dandelion Dancetheater since its inception in 1996, creating numerous works that have been presented throughout California, nationally and internationally. He is deeply influenced by his work as a performer in the companies of Della Davidson and Margaret Jenkins. Eric is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Cal State University East Bay and is heading up the development of a Physically Integrated Dance Program at the university. He is an artist-in-residence at ODC Theater. Eric has received grants for his projects with Dandelion and collaborating artists from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Irvine Foundation (with Dance USA), Princess Grace Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theatre Bay Area, Cal State University East Bay Faculty Grants and residencies with the Jon Sims Center for the Arts and CELLspace. He has created commissioned works for Big Moves, Cal State University East Bay, California Choreographers Festival, Dancing in the Streets/NYC, and choreography for projects by John Killacky, California Shakespeare Festival, and Highland Summer Theatre.