MEET GRACE COURVOISIER // CHAPTER 5 ARTIST

Her mission: 

To display the exposed emotions of the female heart with the fleeting fluidity of specificity, line, dimension, and physical dynamism it takes the body to perform them. By combining, and celebrating, both the absurd and the genteel between head and heart, we aim to engage the audience in a landscape of experiential sensibility.  GC&DC is currently exploring what it means to be feminine in a world that is challenging what physical gender should inhabit such a delicacy.

What she's showing at CRAWL:

The Daughters of David looks at five young women who explore both the labor and the love they've taken in from the David's of their conscious and subconscious. Directly influenced by the male archetypes of world history and personal history; David Bowie, Michelangelo's statue of David, David the ex-boyfriend, etc. we see the girls process their idea of loyalty to these men, but also their rebellion. The choreographic outline focuses on space; the space made between the dancers themselves, the distance they've created between the audience, and the space they've interpreted as Father David vs. Male Suppression. The movement is pre-calculated and mathematical, thought out carefully, planned, but executed with the air of a lofty romance. The steps, although ritualistic as in a time of war, also give way to the technique of a loyal ballerina - removing and engaging herself with the man and men she loves.

...this demi-goddess of a dancer revealed a range of emotional states veering from insecurity to ecstasy....Her movement shifted from expansive to halting in the twinkling of an eye...This fantastic portrait of a woman on the verge held the audience in captivating silence
— Oberon's Grove

Why you should crawl out to see her: 

Grace, and her work, encapsulate modern femininity. Self-aware but never precious, she combines fierce intelligence, exciting physicality, and gentle whimsy to make beautiful fantasy worlds that - nevertheless - hit emotionally close to home. 

Grace Courvoisier, a native of Las Vegas, NV, studied Graham, Horton, and Composition at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts High School, as well as the Vaganova technique with Nevada Ballet Theatre before going on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Courvoisier premiered her work Good Morning, Arcadia for the Krannert Center of Performing Arts in 2010, and was awarded the Wanda M. Nettl Prize both in 2010 and 2011 for choreographic achievement. GC&DC has performed works at The Invisible Dog, Chen Dance Center, The Wild Project, The Secret Theatre, Symphony Space, and Judson Church, among others.