Wallie Wolfgruber is a German-born dance artist who has been living and working in New York for over 30 years. She has enjoyed a dynamic performing, directing, choreographic and teaching career. Highlights include being a principal dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and a member of the Ohad Naharin Dance Company. Directing credits include: Director of the Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College, State University of New York (2010-2014); Undergraduate Director, Dance Department, College at Brockport, SUNY; Co-Founder/Director SEAD, Salzburg, Austria; Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based Wallie Wolfgruber & Company. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the Abrons Arts Center, La Mama E.T.C., the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and with DanceNow at the Joyce Soho, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the Duke on 42nd Street and Dance Theater Workshop. International work includes commissions from Frontier Danceland and NAFA in Singapore, and travelling to Africa, researching Maasai dances, and teaching and performing in orphanages in remote, rural areas in Kenya.
Ms. Wolfgruber holds an MFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was on faculty at Florida State University, Rutgers University, Manhattanville College and the Mark Morris Dance Center, and is an Associate Professor at Purchase College, SUNY.
"Once Upon A Time Between The Heart Region And The Amygdala" by Wallie Wolfgruber, 2016
My artistic vision is based on the belief that dance has the ability to inspire, heal and bring forth positive change in our selves and the world at large. In all my choreographic work I aim at addressing the beauty as well as the challenges of our shared human condition. I am interested in promoting a sense of interconnectedness between all beings. I see my work as neither experimental nor traditional but follow a singular vision for each new creation. The vocabulary for my pieces is drawn from a vast repository of data gathered over a lifetime as a dancer and dance maker and fueled by my passion to keep exploring and changing.