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As an independent artist and as co-director, with Joséphine A. Garibaldi, of Callous Physical Theatre, I continue to explore cross-disciplinary performance/installation as total theatre that values all elements of the production equally.  Performances based in movement, text, sound, lighting, costume and visual design deal with human issues in a non-linear episodic montage to create emotional impact.  This work is inherently and resolutely collaborative; a text-infused choreographic devising methodology that draws upon the performers to create the source elements of the performance that I then structure. Movement, text, images and sound - created by the collaborators who solve specific compositional problems throughout the process - are then structured into a coherent whole.

My work is cultured by contemporary modern, folkloric, and classical dance, refined by the traditions and craft of theatre, and inspired by the transgressions of performance art.  My creative scholarship, spawned in theoretical research and personal experience, works to reveal the transformative power of ritual within a theatrical form that is also entertaining to audiences.

Recent artist residencies in Finland and Italy have provided me with the opportunity to explore cross-cultural collaborations.  I am looking forward to my February-June 2014 residency in Riga, Latvia at the Latvian Academy of Culture. 

I teach Dance as a faculty member at Idaho State University and enjoy teaching residencies as a member of ICA’s Directory of Teaching Artists.

www.isu.edu/~zmolpaul
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