+ d.i.y. + n.e.l.a. + playful + inventive + site-sensitive + collaborative + experimental + teaching and learning + dance performance and practice
photo by Rachael Boyajian
a brief history szalt is a collection of Los Angeles movers, collaborating with musicians and visual artists artistically led by dancer and choreographer, Stephanie Zaletel. Within the last three years, Zaletel has produced a myriad of new works across the city for szalt including O E a collaborative evening length performance that debuted at Highways Performance Space in September 2015, and tuesday., an installation-style piece for the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA series in collaboration with James Kidd and the Pieter Performance Space Council.
about the director Born and bred in Las Vegas, NV, Stephanie Zaletel completed her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography at the California Institute of the Arts. Zaletel has performed for nationally and internationally renowned choreographers ranging among Barak Marshall, Stephanie Nugent, Kate Wallich, Colin Connor (Artistic Director - Limon Dance Compnay), and in Danielle Agami’s Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. Zaletel also worked closely with Agami as the company’s rehearsal director from 2013-2014. Zaletel has performed and presented her own creative work at REDCAT, ARC, Highways, HomeLA, Live Arts Los Angeles, Electric Lodge, Pieter Performance Space, ArtShare LA, Hammer Museum, LAX Festival, the Bennicassim Festival in Spain, and was a Finalist in the 2015 McCallum Theater Choreography Competition. Her choreography has also been featured in Icelandic songwriter Jofridur’s music video “Instant Patience” in collaboration with director, Samantha Shay and clipping.’s 2016 album-film for “Splendor and Misery” in collaboration with director, Patrick Kennelly. Zaletel has taught contemporary, modern, and improvisational dance for all ages as well as movement classes for children with Down Syndrome. She has been invited to guest-teach composition and choreography classes at Loyola Marymount University and was recently commissioned by Las Vegas Academy and AMDA LA to build new contemporary performance works on their students. She was the 2016 MorYork Gallery Artist in Residence and is an active member of the Pieter Performance Space Council. Zaletel is the founding artistic director of szalt (dance co.) in Los Angeles- creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially relevant experimental-dance performance.