Contemporary Program | Guest Choreographer
Stephen Shropshire is a choreographer, curator, and independent dance researcher. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, holds a Master in Arts and Heritage from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and is an alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. As a choreographer, Shropshire is actively engaged in the cultural discourse on dance through the continued exploration of work that challenges aesthetic, structural, and narrative assumptions and responds to the broader socio-political themes that are relevant to our time. His choreographies are distinguished by their compositional dexterity, musical sensibility, and athletic, virtuosic movement language. Between 2009 to 2012, Shropshire was the artistic director of Noord Nederlandse Dans in Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2016 his foundation was established in Maastricht to facilitate the ongoing development and presentation of new choreographic work. In 2017, Shropshire was awarded a special honor prize from the Dansersfonds ’79 for the ‘consistent aesthetic harmony in his work’ and in 2018 his work We Are Nowhere Else But Here was awarded for the VSCD ‘Zwan’ for the most impressive dance performance of the season. Shropshire has created works for o.a., Danish Dance Theater, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, National Dance Company Wales, The New Zealand Dance Company, and Iceland Dance Company. His works have been performed in The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sweden, Italy, Cyprus, France, Finland, Israel, Iceland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Visit stephenshropshire.com for more information.