Michelle Koppl is a choreographer, performer, and filmmaker working in Richmond, VA. A Colorado native, she moved to Virginia to continue her dance education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her B.F.A in Dance and Choreography in May of 2018. During her time at VCU Michelle performed in work by faculty Melanie Richards, guest artist Ching-I Bigelow, and many student works. She performed in student works presented at the 2015 Richmond Dance Festival, and at the 2017 American College Dance Association’s Mid-Atlantic South Conference.
In the spring of her sophomore year, she studied in Paris through the University of South Florida’s Dance in Paris Program. There she developed her choreographic voice through workshops with outstanding artists including Nathalie Pubellier, Christine Gérard, Maurice Causey, and Nadine Beaulieu. She premiered her work Impetuosity at the 2017 VCU Dance Student Concert. In addition to creating works for the stage, she is interested in exploring dance film and site-specific work. Her films Stuck and calm/pound have been included in the 2017 and 2018 VCU Amendment Film Festivals as well as the 2018 VCU Dance NOW Concert. In 2018 she presented an immersive four channel video installation, A Bloop in the Park, at The Anderson Gallery. Michelle has presented two original works as a part of 1708 Gallery’s InLight exhibition,Phosphorescence (2017) and Avulsion (2018), both outdoor performances. She is currently a company member with the RVA Dance Collective for the 2018/2019 season.