Gotham Arts Exchange announces the curators for FOCUS 2014, to be held from January 7-13, 2014. FOCUS 2014 is produced by Gotham Arts Exchange. FOCUS DANCE at The Joyce Theater will be curated by Laurie Uprichard and DANCE GOTHAM at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, will be curated by Jodee Nimerichter.
DANCE GOTHAM and FOCUS DANCE are both part of FOCUS 2014, the International Platform to promote American dance both abroad and nationally. The week-long platform presents performances of U.S.-based dance companies during the annual Arts Presenters Conference in New York City, and one of the largest gatherings of presenters, programmers and dance professionals in North America. In January 2014, four venues partner with Gotham Arts Exchange to present the artistic visions of the curators gathered to shape the 2014 edition of FOCUS.
Currently a freelance consultant and producer, Laurie Uprichard served as Director of the Dublin Dance Festival from 2007-2011, overseeing its transition to an annual festival and expanding its international visibility, audience outreach, and support of the local dance community. From 1992-2007, Laurie was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City, a period of significant programmatic and budget growth for this dance presenter based in the historic landmark St. Mark's Church. She served as Managing Director of Urban Bush Women from 1991-92 and as the company's Producing Director until January 1996. From 1984-1991, she was associated with Dance Theater Workshop, serving the last three years as Managing Director and Co-Producer. She was a staff member in various programs at the New York State Council on the Arts between 1973 and 1981. In addition, she toured briefly as Company Manager with Meredith Monk/The House. A former dancer, she performed with Kei Takei's Moving Earth for five years, as well as with Irene Feigenheimer, Barbara Roan, and Wendy Woodson. Laurie Uprichard currently serves on the Board of Danspace Project; has twice served on the Board of Dance/USA, chairing its Presenters Council from 2002-2004; and has served as a board member of Movement Research. She is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in the French Ministry of Culture and received a 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for her service to the field. She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from The American University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami.