Eva Karczag in rehearsal for Promenade: Theater of Memory, (2018) photo Iris Boer
Eva Karczag is an Independent Dance Artist, educator, mentor.
Since the early 1970s, practices, teaches, and advocates for explorative methods of dance making. She performs solo and collaborative work internationally, many of her collaborations bridging diverse disciplines such as writing and video, music and visual art. She was a member of leading groups in the field of experimental dance, including Strider (UK, 1972-75), and helped found the experimental group Dance Exchange, whose members created work, performed and taught throughout Australia (1976-79). She danced with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979-1985), performed her original role in Opal Loop at Jacob’s Pillow during their 85th anniversary celebration in August 2017, and continues to teach through the company education program in NY and elsewhere.
She has an MFA degree (Dance Research Fellow) from Bennington College, and has taught dance at major colleges and studios throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia, including a period of sustained teaching on the faculty of the European Dance Development Center (EDDC), Arnhem, Netherlands (1990-2002).
Her performing and teaching are both informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices which engender trust in the body's innate capacity for ease, efficiency and integrated openness. These include Ideokinesis, Taiji/Qigong, Yoga and the Alexander Technique (ACAT certified teacher) whose concepts, in particular, shape her methodology.
Eva Karczag in Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act (2018) directed by Stephanie Skura, photo Jim Coleman
Recent performances include: Elsewhere with Daniele Albanese (Berlin, Milan, Parma, October/November 2019); your blue is my purple, with Vicky Shick, (Sundays on Broadway, NYC, April 2019); Promenade 7: Theatre of Memory, the 7th in a series of improvised durational installation performances titled Promenade, with visual artist, Chris Crickmay and composer, Sylvia Hallett (Improspekcije2018 Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, November 2018); Vapour Sketches with Bettina Neuhaus (Huy, Belgium, November 2018); Echo Archive with Elena Demyanenko (EMPAC, Troy, NY, March 2018); Stephanie Skura’s Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act (SFDI, Seattle, August 2018).
She took part, as both panelist and teacher, in the Symposium, Live Legacy Project: Correspondences between German Contemporary Dance and Judson Dance Theater Movement (Dusseldorf, July 2014); and presented her lecture/performance When Dance Became Movement (and Movement Became Material) at the 5th Biannual Conference of Dance Education 2016, Cologne.
The New York Judson dance revolution of the 1960's and 70’s has been profoundly influential, giving her current dance practice a foundation of respect for the moving body, and a passion for creative process and experimentation.
Her explorations of online practice and teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic, is stimulating her curiosity and excitement about the creative possibilities and interconnectivity that lie within this format.