ZOE RAPPAPORT

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Grounded in the belief that movement was born to bring people together and communicate beyond words, Zoe Rappaport is an LA-NY based Movement Director/Choreographer & Interdisciplinary Artist, as well as a Creative Producer, Educator and Performance Curator working with some of the top names across the industry over the last 15+ years. Mentored by highly acclaimed artists by the time she was 18 years old, Zoe has performed the works of world-renowned choreographer Adrienne Hawkins (Impulse Dance), Jimmy Locust (Michael & Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul), Billy Siegenfeld (Jump Rhythm Jazz Project), Kathryn Posin, Sarah Elgart/Arrogant Elbow and Mecca Vazie Andrews. Zoe's commercial movement direction, choreography & dance credits include Estée Lauder, Grammy award-winning artist ZHU, "LOVE" Magazine x DOGPOUND LA feat. The Fat Jewish & Alexis Ren, McDonald's/Tik Tok (France), Sassoon, Easy Spirit, Paz Lenchantin (The Pixies) and more. Since 2010, Zoe has performed and/or shown her multidisciplinary work at venues such as The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, World of Dance NY, Webster Hall, Dance New Amsterdam, LaMama Experimental Theatre, The Bootleg Theater and The Hatch Shell. Her dance film work has been featured in Dance Magazine as well as screened internationally at film festivals in Los Angeles, New York and Istanbul.

Working across many fields (dance, choreography, casting, makeup, styling) & platforms (stills, motion, performance/stage), Zoe has worked behind-the-scenes on fashion shows for Hermés to award shows like The Latin Grammy's...from music videos for A$AP Rocky to popular television shows America's Got Talent & So You Think You Can Dance. Serendipitously meeting & consequently working with legendary makeup artist Linda Mason in Soho NY for years introduced Zoe to a whole new perspective and world in regards to the intersection of art, beauty, fashion and movement.

 

In 2014, Zoe had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on the legendary dance piece "HEARTBEAT" (toured internationally by Mikhail Baryshnikov in the '90s) — created by international sound artist Christopher Janney & choreographed by Sara Rudner. As part of a psychedelic rock concert at Gramercy Theater, Zoe had the privilege of interviewing legendary musicians Sheila E, Bill Laswell, Lynn Mabry, Trilok Gurtu, Dave Revels (The Persuasions), DJ Adam Gibbons, DJ Logik, Sara Rudner & Dancer Sunny Hitt. A highly sought-after creative collaborator, Zoe has brought her unparalleled skill set to a number of innovative projects with prolific artists including mixed-media installation artist Laurie Shapiro, SYTYCYD's Comfort Fedoke, musical artist Londrelle, NYC-based performance poet Libby Mislan, Sweden-based producer Zaquan & more.
 

Since 2019, Zoe has served as the Creative Producer for Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival (D2D) — a live & online film festival dedicated to the concept of democratizing dance so that it may be seen & experienced not just in studios and theaters, but in public space. Working in collaboration with Founder/Director Sarah Elgart, D2D has brought in some of the top industry professionals form the worlds of dance & film to judge including go-to Creative Movement Director Stephen Galloway, Mass MOCA Director Kristy Edmunds, legendary dancer Louise Lecavalier, and many more.

 

Currently, Zoe curates performances for UTOPIA, the soulful house music & dance experience that was birthed in Leimert Park during the pandemic. Featured artists have included House of Ninja, Toyin Sogunro & Lily Frias performing alongside legendary DJs Tony Touch, Rashida, KG Superstar, DJ Ade & more at venues such as Grand Park DTLA, The Peppermint Club & Mama Shelter. 

 

A life-long, passionate and dedicated advocate of holistic dance & arts education, Zoe is the founder of Mentorship 4 Dancers (M4D) — a 12-week course for dancers, choreographers & educators to deep into their artistry, explore creative possibilities, gain entrepreneurial skills & build their global network to become an empowered Movement Artist. The daughter of a late civil rights/anti-war activist & pioneer of expressive arts therapies, Zoe's work aims to broaden access to dance, lend artistic voice to social issues and engage community while elevating the field as a whole.

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