The capacity to straddle between the animate and the inanimate is equally present in Bay Area choreographers Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg’s Still Life Dances...Together, they not only remind the viewer to pay attention to the small, the ephemeral, but also to the renewed possibilities that artists offer to rewrite the language of the body.
— Marie Tollon, ODC Theater Writer in Residence


  LAUREN SIMPSON  | Photo by Robbie Sweeny

LAUREN SIMPSON | Photo by Robbie Sweeny

LAUREN SIMPSON is a choreographer, performer, and arts educator. She has danced for Liz Lerman and Risa Jaroslow. She teaches at the University of San Francisco and is a co-artistic director of Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations. She started dancing at schools and studios in the suburbs of Chicago. After studying anthropology in college, she has remained interested in the intersection of culture, science, movement and the body. She has studied various somatic anatomy techniques and loves to do Contact Improvisation. She is a mother of a toddler and the partner of a cowboy. M.F.A., University of Colorado-Boulder. Ed.M, Harvard University. B.A. Carleton College. |

  JENNY STULBERG  | Photo by Robbie Sweeny

JENNY STULBERG | Photo by Robbie Sweeny

JENNY STULBERG is a dance artist, filmmaker and fitness professional. She has danced for Hope Mohr Dance and Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom. Jenny teaches at St. Mary's College, and is co-artistic director of Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations. Her dance-films have been accepted into international festivals across the country, including San Francisco Dance Film Festival and Dance Camera West. She is drawn to the intimacy of both dance and film and inspired by the relationship between these moving mediums. Jenny comes from a strong somatic and functional fitness background and loves blending these movement modalities in both her technique and fitness classes. M.F.A, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. B.F.A, Western Michigan University. |



SIMPSON/STULBERG COLLABORATIONS was formed in the Bay Area in the Fall of 2014. Since then SSC has been nominated for two Izzie Awards both for Outstanding Choreography and Performance in an Ensemble, performed in theaters and museums all over the Bay Area, and granted prestigious residencies: Counterpulse Theater's Edge Residency, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company's CHIME Program, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center's Artist in Residency, and FACT/SF's resident JUMP Choreography Program. They recently toured to the University of Montana where they premiered their newest work, Still Life No. 7. SSC has received granting support from foundations such as the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Rainin Opportunity Fund, and the Theater Bay Area CA$H Grant Award.

Our project, Still Life Dances, is a series of detailed and intimate movement studies based on early American still life paintings from the de Young Museum’s permanent collection. Using speed, precision, and extreme unison, the dances compel the viewer to pay deep attention to fleeting action. This has resulted in a unique movement vocabulary. Virtuosity is not found in big kicks or sweeping movement, but rather it is present in detailed gestures, complex rhythms, and a deep connection between performers. Our process hinges on strict adherence to compositional rules as well as relying on our intuition. We have created six complete Still Life Dances and we are currently in residence working on Still Life No. 7. 


 Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Photo by Robbie Sweeny

 Photo by Nicholas Korkos

Photo by Nicholas Korkos

ARLETTA ANDERSON is a Bay Area-based dance artist.Locally, she has danced for choreographers and companies such as Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations, Gerald Casel, Christy Funsch, detour dance, Stephen Pelton and Aura Fishbeck. With collaborator Adam Smith, Arletta creates multidisciplinary performance work that brings together movement, theater and music.
ROBYN GERBAZ is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Aspen, Colorado. She began her training with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet before graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy and LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program. Additionally, she trained at (selected) Cornish College, SF Conservatory of Dance, Ponderosa Tanzland, New Dialect, Springboard Danse Montreal and with Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia. She has performed works by Sidra Bell, Christian Burns, William Forsythe, Amanda Miller, Kate Wallich and Johannes Wieland. Robyn has been a member of Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol since 2012 and is also currently with Alex Ketley’s The Foundry. Robyn is also a certified GYROTONIC® Instructor.
MICHAEL WALL is an internationally recognized composer, performer and educator who collaborates with dancers, choreographers and filmmakers around the world. He composes original music, accompanies dance classes, and teaches sound design for dance and performance with Ableton Live. Michael has worked at Rutgers University, Princeton University, NYU, The Ohio State University, The Bates Dance Festival, The American Dance Festival and is currently on faculty at The University of Utah, School of Dance. He’s supported independent artists in digital music distribution for the last ten years and offers a comprehensive online library of music for dance students, teachers and choreographers. You can find all of his music at