My dance-making emphasizes process, and stems from socially conscious responses to our beautifully complex world.
Artistic Director – Stephanie Nerbak
Founder's Artist Statement
I find purpose and pleasure in the making and sharing of choreographic art as a physical and theatrical expression of lived humanness. My dance-making emphasizes process, and stems from socially conscious responses to our beautifully complex world. Whether developing work as a soloist, or in collaboration with others, the dances I craft are made through investigations that root themselves in a deep wonder for new expressive possibilities as well as within a desire to discover fresh ways to connect with an audience. Trusting in the wellspring of curiosity to lead the way, I engage in movement explorations and methods of improvisation, while seeking to nurture authentic movement-based source material. Engendering a research-based approach to dance-making, I question how other forms of expression may be activated to influence, inform, or challenge my work. Elements that live in literature, theatre, music, visual art, or even technology are either often woven into, or inspire my artistic practice. This method tends to challenge my perceived limitations, provides me with food for thought, and offers a performative invigoration not otherwise made conceivable. I believe that drawing from my instincts as a creator, and employing strategic choices aids the pursuit of the dance-work’s potential full expressiveness. It is through this process that I become sensitive to meaningful intention in my work, and I endeavor to convey powerful imagery to those who experience it. Often diving into topics that are both personally grounded and socially relevant, I challenge myself to break new artistic ground and create dynamically engaging dances.
Stephanie Nerbak - Biography
Choreographer, Performer & Founder of N-root Danceart, Stephanie Nerbak is drawn to creating dance works that challenge her own status quo, privileging the process of dance-making. She considers live dance to contain power for both the performer and the viewer, and believes performance is an opportunity for initiating conversations with ourselves and each other. n-Root Danceart was formed in 2016 as a result of those values. She is a recipient of a 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the 2017/2018 Jersey (new) Moves Emerging Choreographers Fellowship. In NJ Stephanie has shown her work through various venues and opportunities including Freespace Dance Company’s “A Woman’s Movement” & 40+ Showcase (Montclair), the County College of Morris (Randolph), the American College Dance Association Northeast Conference, Your Move: NJ’s Modern Dance Festival (Hoboken), Centenary University’s Lackland Theatre (Hackettstown), Bailar al Sol Dance Festival (Asbury Park), NJ Performing Arts Center (Newark), and a choreographic residency with coLAB Arts (New Brunswick). Holding an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Dance Performance from Point Park University, she feels fortunate to have experienced a diverse formal education. Over the past 20 years she has worked in a variety of performance settings from traditional theatres to elementary school cafeterias, from Hollywood movie sets to public parks. She’s danced with companies such as Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (Los Angeles), Donna Sternberg & Dancers (Santa Monica), and toured for five years with the award winning, West Virginia Dance Company. She has also had the sincere pleasure of working & studying with choreographers such as Molissa Fenley, Carli Marineck, Jodi Melnick, and Naomi Goldberg Haas. While she makes the most of the moment, Stephanie is always looking ahead to possible collaborations and sources of creativity. As time presses on, she seems to thrive on continuously thinking of dance in new ways. Who knows what’s next?