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Richard Colton

Dance Faculty

Richard Colton, found and directs Summer Stages Dance, a nationally renowned dance workshop and performance series that takes place during July in Concord, Massachusetts and at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. As performer, his professional career began in New York City in the 1970s.  Colton was a member of Twyla Tharp Dance, where he served as Rehearsal Director for Tharp, and the White Oak Dance Project, under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. In addition, Colton was a member of American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and James Waring Dance Company at Judson Memorial Church.

He appears in the films Amadeus, Hair and PBS Great Performances' film of "The Catherine Wheel." Colton served as resident choreographer for American Repertory Theater for a decade with Amy Spencer, and found and directed SPENCER/COLTON DANCE, a company of dancers and actors created in 1989. Colton is a three-time recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artists Grant in Choreography, winner of the Best Production Award at the New York International Fringe Festival and a Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Award for a dance-theater adaptation of "Einstein's Dreams." He currently co-directs with Spencer the Concord Academy Dance Program and CA Dance Company where he develops full-evening interdisciplinary work. In 2010, with The Institute of Contemporary Art, he developed Co Lab: Process and Performance, a residency for dance-makers, visual artists, writers and composers to collaborate, create and perform new work.


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