About

ARCOS carries out its mission—to experiment rigorously to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance—through two major avenues: The first is through creating innovative multimedia performances accessible and relevant to a diverse range of contemporary audiences. These performances challenge dominant ways of thinking, reflect the turbulent process of traditions in flux, and explore the complexity of being human today. The second is through interdisciplinary training and development programming for performing artists at various stages in their careers. These activities take the form of academic residencies, biannual interdisciplinary performance intensives, weekly dance technique classes, special workshops and masterclasses, microgrants, and fiscal sponsorship of independent performing artists.

ARCOS has presented work at festivals and institutions including McCallum Choreography Festival, SITE Santa Fe, Currents International New Media Festival, {254} Dancefest, Online Performance Art Festival, BarnStorm DanceFest, Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival, Dance Co-Op, CounterCurrent, Dance Gallery Festival, the Contemporary Austin, and a critically acclaimed, award-winning production at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. ARCOS has served as guest artists at academic institutions including Texas State University, Colorado College, Texas A&M University, Connecticut College’s Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, University of Colorado Boulder, University of North Texas, Goddard College, University of Michigan, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Macalester College, and artist residencies such as Playa Summerlake, Ucross Foundation, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. They have also published work in the peer-reviewed journal Theatre Design & Technology and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Donors Trust, Hatchfund, Rea Charitable Trust, Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.