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Laura Schandelmeier
Stephen Clapp
3603 Upshur Street
Brentwood, MD 20722
(415) 779-6383

Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp

Dance Box Theater, Inc.
a non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization

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"...the dancing of Schandelmeier and Clapp fit together so tightly that the seams of the performance were not only invisible, they were unimaginable. The two were like one rolling, lifting, mesmerizing organism, one half with long swishy blond hair and the other with long swishy black hair. It is a rare and phenomenal treat to see two dancers who are so beautifully in tune with each other, with their partnering carefully honed and developed through years of kinesthetic communication." (Ellen Chenoweth)

About Dance Box Theater:
Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp are the Artistic Directors of Dance Box Theater, Inc. As citizens of the United States sharing an interracial partnership with the benefit of legal marriage, Schandelmeier & Clapp often find themselves engaged in a contemporary dialogue about race, gender privilege, class ethnography, social dogma and political discourse. As a performance ensemble Dance Box Theater addresses the challenges and tensions of this dialogue through the development of creative works that reflect responses to these issues and invite a meaningful exchange of ideas towards community transformation and cultural understanding. Our vision is that creative collaboration provides a catalyst for progressive social change and is a critical source of understanding across (perceived and actual) cultural, economic and civic boundaries.

Schandelmeier & Clapp are renowned for their daring virtuosity, visual elegance and strong sense of social responsibility. Highly energized choreography includes ruminations on action and re-action, conflict, empathy, and transformation - creating motion narrative with a sensual luster and dynamic variety. A commitment to the intersection of art and social justice fused with an edgy exploration of dance and theater, Dance Box Theater forges a unique blend of artistry, cultural synthesis, community engagement and contemporary commentary.

Through in-depth research, creative exploration, ensemble development, community participation, movement discovery and peer feedback, we are currently engaged in the development of We Are Here, the company's sixth evening-length performance work; and Dance at Your Door, a performance and civic dialogue project in partnership with the Prince George's County Government.

Dance Box Theater, Inc.
(formerly Dancenow Productions, Inc.)
a non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization

Our Mission:
Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp are the Artistic Directors of Dance Box Theater, Inc. The mission of Dance Box Theater, Inc. is to support the creation and development of dynamic, finely crafted and engaging public performances; and to empower communities through partnerships, workshops, residencies and arts-based education. Our goals are to present performing arts that catalyze individual and community transformation; and to strive for the elimination of oppression in all its forms.

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Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp
3603 Upshur Street
Brentwood, MD 20722
(415) 779-6383

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