Choreography by teresa Chapman
Above: Photo by Lynn Lane
Below: Photo by Travis Stodelle
Teresa Chapman is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. Chapman received her MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. As a performer, she has danced for some of the finest Houston-based choreographers, but exclusively with Karen Stokes Dance. In the past, she danced for choreographers and companies in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York City, and Hamburg, Germany. Chapman is an independent choreographer and Director of Chapman Dance, which currently works on a project-to-project basis. Her work has been presented in Houston, Nebraska, California, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Described as “uber-physical, risk-taking,” “vibrant and mesmerizing” by the press, Chapman Dance has proven to deliver exceptional dancing in Houston for over ten years.
"Choreographers speak through bodies in motion. As a choreographer, professor, and performing artist I seek to mold form, function, and experience. Discipline is non-negotiable. I embrace the fact that with dance, concepts are born, realized, and transformed into movements that are gone in the blink of an eye. Passion for the craft is a must. Gaining new perspective, understanding physicality, and being fully aware are all by-products of the creative process. Still, this recursive process captures evanescent patterns that cannot be expressed by any other means"
Teresa Chapman has been producing and presenting her work professionally for over a decade in Houston. Known for her full-bodied, athletic dancing and choreography, Chapman continues to produce works that celebrate the Human spirit.
Documentary: "Shifting Spaces"
This short documentary introduces you to Teresa and collaborator and Lucinda Cobley as they discuss the process of developing Shifting Spaces, a performance for galleries and the stage.