Biography

Pele Bauch is a New York City based choreographer and dance dramaturg.  Her work has been selected for presentation at numerous New York City theaters as well as in Philadelphia, PA; Amherst, MA. “It’s a joy to see the bravery with which Ms. Bauch asks her questions, and the quiet force of her vision come to life and surround us,” Dancing World.

Bauch’s evening length H to Oh was inspired by the marshes at White Oak where Bauch led a creative residency for The Field. The piece was developed during a Joyce SoHo Artist Residency 2009-2010 and with the support of two grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. H to Oh premiered at the Obie award winning Chocolate Factory November 3-6, 2010.

Bauch’s 2007 evening of performance at Joyce SoHo premiered –ism and marked her departure into multi-sensory, installation performance: directly integrating movement, costume-generated surround sound, and audience interaction and transportation in a site-specific work for 10 dancers. –ism was borne from an in-depth process created in residencies from Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory, and The Field. Also on the program was Pedestal, a sinuously sculpted, stark pure-movement duet, which had previously been presented at Danspace Project, Fielday at Dance Theater Workshop, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix, and as a finalist in the first AWARD Show at Joyce SoHo. Bauch’s work at Joyce SoHo has been supported by grants from the Harkness Foundation for Dance and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Bauch’s concert Silent Conversations was presented in HERE Arts Center’s 2002 American Living Room series and brought back for the Best of the American Living Room.  It premiered her witty and demure dance Pour Toi Mon Ami, which was later presented by the Brooklyn Museum and Danspace Project. Also on the program, Crowd to One, was first performed at Performance Space 122 after being developed through a space grant at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. Bauch’s work has also been presented by Dixon Place, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, and Hampshire College, among other venues.

Bauch is a native New Yorker and holds a BA from Hampshire College. She is also Associate Director at The Field where she leads residencies to arts centers such as White Oak Plantation and facilitates workshops for the development of new performance works. She received a 2007 BAX10 Passing it on Award for her work at The Field. Contact Quarterly published her interview on the critical feedback process of Fieldwork in their spring 2008 issue. Bauch has also co-authored articles on artist services for BackStage.

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