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Tristan Koepke (he/him/his) is a professional dancer, educator, choreographer, and Rolfer™ based in Minneapolis, MN. His performance credits are extensive, having performed with repertory-based Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis from 2011-2019. He has frequently performed in the devised works of choreographer Chris Schlichting, for whom he has worked since 2009, and recently appeared in Vanessa Anspaugh’s Bessie-Nominated The End of Men; An Ode To Ocean, as well as its second iteration, The End of Men, Again. His past performance credits include Doug Varone and Dancers, luciana achugar, Cally Spooner, BANDportier, Morgan Thorson, elephantJANE dance, Patrick Scully, ARENA Dances, Time Track Productions, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and The Minnesota Opera.

Tristan’s choreographic works range from short movement investigations for the camera to fully-produced dance works for the stage. Recent commissions include Point Dance Ensemble (We Are Counting on You, 2020) and Portland Youth Dance (Highlighter, 2018). His recent work, Hana with Gabi by Tristan (2019), I AM IN A BASEMENT (2020), and Impasse (2021) are performative inquiries into expanse, movement amplification, and the pleasures and terrors of partnership, distance, and catastrophe.

A founding member of Structural Integrators for Liberation Somatics, Tristan is passionate about cultivating inclusive spaces that promote holistic wellness and somatic practices. A Board-Certified Structural Integrator™, he has been a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators since 2016, and the National Dance Educators Association since 2018. He holds a certificate in Rolfing® Structural Integration from the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®, where he serves as Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Anti-racism. Tristan sits on the Certification Board of Structural Integration, where he serves as the Ethics Chair. In addition, Tristan holds a BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as well as a Certificate in Yoga Instruction from CorePower Yoga, and has studied many somatic practices, such as Klein Technique™, Alexander Technique, and SpiralDynamik®.

He is currently the Associate Director of the Young Dancers Workshop at the Bates Dance Festival, where he has worked since 2010, and is pursuing an MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland, College Park. His current areas of research include somatic phenomenology in dance performance, hauntology and semio-capitalism, historicizing bodies and somatic practices within multidisciplinary fields of inquiry, and situating liberation work within the fields of dance and somatic education.