Wendy Rogers

Updated
30 Nov 2016

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Wendy Rogers.

Wendy Rogers has been a professor of dance at the University of California, Riverside, since 1996. She has choreographed and performed contemporary dances for over 40 years, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and now Riverside. The Wendy Rogers Dance Company, her primary project from 1977 to 1990, performed her work nationally, in Europe and the Middle East. Her subsequent ten-year project, MAKESHIFT dancing (1991–2000), framed performances as editions of an evolving body of material constructed with partners such as composer John Luther Adams and dance artist Sara Rudner, among others. In Rogers' new project, See What Happens (2011 to the present), her choreography continues explorations of dance as architecture of action, investigating the ways people shape place, and the ways place shapes human movement and interaction. Rogers has received grants and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Irvine Fellowships in Dance, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2009 Fulbright Fellowship for work in Malaysia. Her film work includes location choreography for George Lucas' Return of the Jedi. She taught choreography and improvisation at the University of California, Berkeley from 1982 to 1992.

In September 2007, Rogers participated in a discussion at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with Sara Rudner, introduced by Lisa Kraus, which was later published on the Center's website.