"Atom Skin II"- With dance theater work "Atom Skin II", choreographer and dancer Angela Schöpke and dancer Shannon O’Brien investigate the stories of two influential women in history – scientist Marie Curie and U.S. Civil War soldier Sarah Edmonds – and how they navigated some of life’s most profound questions.
Choreography: Angela Schöpke
Dancers: Shannon O'Brien & Angela Schöpke
Sound: “Le Pont” Composed by Charles van Kirk, “Morgens um Sieben ist die Welt noch in Ordnung” Composed by James Last
Costume Design: Lydia Samson & Angela Schöpke
Creative Carpentry: Pepper Fajans
Venue: Koresh Dance Company Theater, Philadelphia, PA
Performance Date: April 8, 2017
"Kaffeezeit," May 27, 2016 - "Kaffeezeit" is an exploration of the emotional experience associated with the centuries-old tradition of German kaffeezeit. Beginning with Angela Schöpke's experience of her German grandmother's life story told over kaffee und kuchen during her early adulthood, the musical and choreographic collaboration dives into what happens psychologically as we take a break from our day to engage in a structured ritual of flavorful indulgence and caffeine. In what becomes a studied narrative of finding emotional freedom within a ritualized daily structure, the piece echoes narratives of woman’s story as she navigates pre and post-World War II Germany’s social and economic structures. The “Kaffeezeit” musical score by Warren Raiti draws strong inspiration from late afternoon daylight's beauty, nostalgia, and balance as it shifts to evening.
Dancer: Angela Schöpke.
"Keeping Up Appearances," August 21, 2015 - Choreographed and performed by Shannon O'Brien and Angela Schöpke for Say Yes! Rooftop Art Share.
Dancers: Shannon O'Brien, Angela Schöpke.
"Stall (Reconstructed)," December 8, 2014 - Originally performed in 1984. Angela Schöpke and Shannon O'Brien perform a reconstruction of choreographer Maida Withers' Stall with the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Video recording of "Stall (Reconstructed)" begins at timestamp 12:43.
Dancers: Angela Schöpke, Shannon O'Brien.
"TRANS ACTION," September 20, 2014 - Site specific work by Maida Withers Dance Construction Company and guests with music by Steve Hilmy and light design by Enoch Chan. Trans Action is based on the repertory work, State of the Art, choreographed by Maida Withers. Performance took place in the NEW Art Works Now Building (4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD). The video was shot and edited by Andrews Andersen. The video is a compilation of three cameras shot at the same time in the site.
Dancers: Ian Ceccarelli, Anthony Gongora, Shannon O'Brien, John Moletress, Sammi Rosenfeld, Angela Schöpke, Ilana Silverstein.
"IN ADVANCE OF ROTATIONS / INVERSIONS / PROJECTIONS," May 3rd, 2014 - Performed by Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD.
Dancers: Amanda Blythe, Angela Schöpke, Hannah Whitley, Ken Mannheimer.
"Commun i demo nation," April 13, 2013 - This is a video project compiled by Audrey Alexander and Angela Schöpke documenting choreographer Angela Schöpke's site-specific work, "COMMUN i DEMO n ATION." This work was performed at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.
Performers: Keri Birmingham, Ian Ceccarelli, Molly Feder, Elisa Rosoff, Matthew Sandoval, Clay Wiggs.