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Isabel Gotzkowsky says Farewell ( Not Goodbye) to New York City

Isabel Gotzkowsky says Farewell ( Not Goodbye) to New York City
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Published on September 29, 2011
Paula Lobo

German born Gotzkowsky returns home after 23 years. She will be missed.

Isabel Gotzkowsky Says Farewell (Not Goodbye)

story and video by © Christine Jowers, The Dance Enthusiast, for The Dance Enthusiast

all photos © Paula Lobo, courtesy of Dance New Amsterdam



After 23 years in New York City, German born dance artist,Isabel Gotzkowsky is going home. It is hard to say goodbye. Gotzkowsky, began her career at Dance New Amsterdam back in the day when it was called Dance Space Center (actually not so many days ago.) She did everything there.  One of the first work -study students at the school, she took afternoon classes with Lynn Simonson, evening classes with Katiti King, then even more classes with Laurie DeVito, whose company she later joined.  She fell in love with Simonson Jazz Technique and Pilates and got certified in both. She cut her teeth as a teacher, choreographer and producer of concerts, then created a dance company populated with artists and board members she met through her creative life in the studios and hallways of Dance New Amsterdam.
Jon Zimmerman and Isabel Gotzkowsky in "Bound"  Photo by @ Paula Lobo
 
Gotzkowsky was one of three students to receive scholarship to participate in a Jennifer Muller Company Workshop held at the center in 1989.  That opportunity led her to perform and teach with Muller in New York, Switzerland, and China. The performances in China, consisting of three duets Muller created for especially for her and Markus Hoffman, were the highlight of Gotzkowsky’s dancing career.
 
This weekend, the school that took Gotzkowsky under its wing will present her latest works, in a bon voyage concert. It is a bittersweet affair.
 
When I asked what she will miss most, Gotzkowsky muses, “ the relationships - some of the longest and most meaningful ones I will ever have.” When I ask her about memories, she recalls the first day she took Lynn Simonson’s beginning class. Simonson took the hungry young dancer aside and sent her directly to the advanced class, whispering, “Just don’t run anybody down.”

Isabel Chats with Christine about Her Choreography and the Early Days..

 

More Info and Tickets to Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends
Thursday Sept 29th -Sunday Oct 2, 2011 Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm
Tickets 17 dollars general, 12 dollars DNA members, 14 dollars students/seniors (12 dollars advance)

Dance New Amsterdam concert link
Isabel Gotzkowsky's Website


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