Babs Case

Ms. Case is currently working on her Masters in Dance at the University of Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in dance from the University of Iowa in 1978.

She began her dance performance career with the San Diego based company, A. Ludwig & Co., touring and teaching at universities throughout the Southwest. From 1980 to 1983, she toured Europe with the Harry Partch Foundation and Company. In 1985, she moved to South Florida and founded The Center For The Arts, a dance, music, visual arts and theater educational and performance facility located in Stuart, Florida. Among her accomplishments with The Center were the formation and development of Case & Co., a professional modern dance company which continues to collaborate with artists of varied disciplines to create new works.

In 1989, Ms. Case toured Asia with Ta Fantastika Black Light Theater Company as choreographer. In the fall of 1990, she performed in São Paulo, Brazil, at the New From The U.S.A. Festival. Also in 1990, Ms. Case received National Endowment For the Arts funding to work as an associate artist at The Atlantic Center For The Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with master artists Deborah Hay, Richard Landry and Tina Girouard. From this residency came the performance piece, Trialogue, which was presented in collaboration with composer, Richard Landry and artist, Heidi Zednick at the Subtropics Festival in Miami, the Florida Dance Festival in Tampa, Florida, and the Women's Improvisational Festival in New York City. She also collaborated with composer Steve Paxton in the performance of Woods Mix at the International Computer Dance and Music Festival in Montreal, Canada.

In 1993, Ms. Case premiered Reading between the Lines, a 12 hour performance at the Museum of Fine Arts in Miami in conjunction with the retrospective exhibit of artist Agnes Martin. In June 1994, Babs was invited to The New World Dance & Music Festival in Madrid, Spain, to teach, choreograph and perform. In January 1995, Ms. Case taught and performed at Texas Tech University. In May of that same year she also premiered Life's Great Work, in conjunction with the Joseph Beuys exhibition at the Museum.of Fine Arts in Miami.

In 1996, Ms. Case began collaborating with Bob Berky on a concert evening program entitled The Unanswered Question. Sections of the piece were performed in Florida in the spring of 1996 and then again at Lincoln Center in the summer of 1996 for the Lincoln Center Institute and returned for a five week tour for the Lincoln Center Institute in the fall of 1996 and the spring of 1997.

Babs Case is a past recipient of the Florida Fellowship Award for Choreography granted by the Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs. In 1992 she was awarded an Indo-American Research Fulbright Fellowship by the International Exchange of Scholars to study dance and music in India.

As an educator, Ms. Case has taught for the past twenty years developing a unique workshop, given at numerous universities in the United States and in Madrid, Spain, entitled Dance As Visual Language for professional dancers, choreographers and university dance departments. This workshop explores improvisational choreographic techniques using language, sound and gesture as sources for movement invention. Performance work is developed and presented with workshop participants.

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