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Aura Fischbeck is an interdisciplinary dance artist, performer, improviser, movement educator and writer.  Based in San Francisco, Aura Fischbeck Dance creates performance events which investigate and communicate the bodies intelligence and reflect the complexity of a contemporary human experience, as a multifaceted, multidimentional and multisensorial bodily poetics. Called "fierce and expressively pliant" in The San Francisco Bay Guardian and "luscious . . . with a wonderful sense of spontaneity . . ." in the DanceView Times, Aura Fischbeck's choreography has been presented nationally in series, festivals and shared programs since 2001.   

AFD has held residencies at SubCircle (Biddeford, Maine), Atlantic Center for the Arts with Master Artists Jennifer Monson and Zeena Parkins, the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, SAFEhouse, the Subterranean Arthouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Established in 2008, Aura Fischbeck Dance has created multiple solo and ensemble works at venues throughout the Bay area, and has been presented as part of The Feedback (Joe Goode Performance Group), SPF (Summer Performance Festival), the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Yerba Buena Nights, Women on the Way and ODC's Pilot Program. Her work has been presented in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Fringe, as part of SpielUhr (Philadelphia), the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Packing House Center for the Arts (Denver), Work|Space (Denver), and the Headwaters Theater (Portland, OR). AFD has received  grants as part of CA$H, and from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Aura Fischbeck Dance is fiscally sponsored by Dancers' Group.


A Philadelphia native, Aura received her earliest dance training from her mother Brigitta Herrmann, a student of Mary Wigman and co-founder of Group Motion Dance Company, and her father Manfred Fischbeck, co-founder and current artistic director of Group Motion Dance Company. In addition to choreographing and performing in her own company Aura has been a collaborator and performer in the work of many esteemed artists including Deborah Hay (as part of Ms. Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project, 2012), Susan Rethorst, Christy Funsch/Funsch Dance Experience, Deborah Karp Dance Project, Daria Kaufman, Chris Black, Kathleen Hermesdorf, The Riley Project, Krista DeNio, Christine Cali, Joe Landini, Barbara Dilley, Wendell Beavers, Cara Reeser, and Brigitta Herrmann. Aura has taught community classes and workshops locally at ODC Dance Commons, the Subterranean Arthouse, and the Dance Palace (Point Reyes) and has been a guest teacher at the Naropa University (CO), San Francisco City College, the Packing House Center for the Arts (CO), and the Headwaters Theater (Portland, OR).  She holds a B.A. in dance and poetry from the Naropa University and an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


Home page Photographs thanks to Robbie Sweeney, Christopher Wise and Ramune Rastonis, pictured:Fischbeck, Arletta Anderson, Phoenicia Pettyjohn,Gretchen Garnett and Julie Potter.



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