Local Artist Residency
18th Street Campus
Lionel Popkin is an artist based in Los Angeles whose practice includes choreography and performance. Popkin sees the world as hybridized, not homogenized, gloriously confusing instead of needing fusion. He values bodily experience as the primary way we orient ourselves within our world. From 2004–2013 he made works looking at the cross-cultural conversation between his post-modern dance training and the imagery and iconography of the Indian subcontinent that surrounded his youth. His recent work has focused on the more intimate familial world, questioning conceptions of home from the point of view of the itinerant, the domesticated and the mobilized.
Popkin has been presented nationally and internationally at venues including REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, The Getty Center and The Getty Villa in Los Angeles, Danspace Project, Abrons Arts Center and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series in Massachusetts, The Painted Bride and Philadelphia Dance Projects in Philadelphia, ODC in San Francisco, The Place Theater in London, and the Guongdong Modern Dance Festival in Guongzhou, China. Commissions include San Diego’s Lower Left Performance Collective, the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, Carolyn Hall, and Nejla Yatkin. Popkin has been a dancer in the companies of Trisha Brown, Terry Creach, and Stephanie Skura.
Popkin has received grants from the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund, the National Dance Project Touring Subsidy, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Puffin Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Durfee Foundation. Popkin is currently a Professor of Choreography and Performance in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA.