Wechsler Robert

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Contemporary dance / Artistic Director

I grew up in a family of scientists in America and spent some years studying biochemistry and molecular genetics. When I was 19, I moved to New York City to focus on dance and choreography. I earned a BFA in dance and an MFA in choreography from State University of New York at Purchase and New York University respectively. This was followed by a ten year tutelage under Merce Cunningham and John Cage. I was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship in 82 and shortly after that, with some friends, I formed the Palindrome Dance Company as a forum for combinations of science and dance.

Tours in Europe taught me that there was a world beyond America. I mean this culturally, of course, but also in how people relate to one another and feel about their society. This was a key step for me.

Taking the plunge, In 1989 I moved to Germany without speaking a word of German; first to Cologne, then Nürnberg which supported Palindrome from 1990 to 2004. The US, for all its creativity and resources, does a pretty poor job of supporting its artists.

In 1995 I crossed paths with computer engineer, Frieder Weiss, and, for ten years, we developed computer-based systems for interactive dance performance (including the EyeCon motion tracking software). Our work together, pioneering in its day, won a number of awards and appearances in festivals around the world.

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