Angela M. Schöpke Gonzalez is a dance theater artist, writer, curator, educator, and data analyst currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Michigan School of Information. Angela's work draws inspiration from deep investigations of history, civic engagement, policy perspectives, and emotional narrative, and is committed to making spaces for people to engage in dialogue about cultural identity questions.
In 2016, Angela founded and now directs the project Dance Afghanistan (www.danceafghanistan.com). She has also worked with the University of Michigan's Collective Action and Social Media Lab as a Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Research Assistant to support research about social, political and cultural information networks. See the Archives & Data tab for more information on these projects.
Angela's dance theater work, Two Women, One Map, premièred in April 2017 (Philadelphia), with additional performances in New York, NY. Atom Skin I premièred in March 2017 (California). Additional recent projects include work as associate choreographer on Paul Peers' and Matt Marks' opera, Mata Hari (New York January 2017) and teaching Barre á Terre at Peridance Capezio Center. Other choreographic works include Kaffeezeit (New York 2016), Keeping Up Appearances (New York 2015), Cable Table (Washington, DC 2013), and Communidemonation (Washington, DC 2012). In 2014, Angela received the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Innovation Award for "daring to walk the tightrope between originality and risk in performance art and the formality of the theater stage" (Washington, DC).
Angela's performance credits include a reconstruction of Maida Withers' Stall (1981) at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Blind Whino SW Arts Club (Washington, DC 2014), Maida Withers' “Trans Action” (Maryland 2014), and additional works by Susan Rethorst, Tish Carter, Nancy Havlik, Alexandra Pinel, Jessica Smith, and others.