“Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of.”  ~Geri Weitzman

Top 40 Under 40 Business Insider Hampton Roads 

Musrara Israel International Festival Artist

Hampton Roads Cultural Alliance "Allie" Award

Virginia 50 for 50 "Exemplary Program and Pinnacle Event"

Bogliasco Foundation Fellow

Culture Hub NYC Micro-residency Artist

Henry Luce Scholar

Fulbright Scholar

US Embassy Research Grant

InLight Richmond People's Choice Award

Chicago Dance Bridge Artist

Links Hall Link-UP Residency Artist

Dance Omi International Residency Artist

Summer Stages Dance Choreographic Fellow

Lemelson Illinois-Technology Innovation Finalist

Kate Neal Kinley Fellow

Moe Family Dance Award

Artist. Scholar. Mover. Maker.

Renata Sheppard

Art is a vehicle for preserving, honoring, and challenging humanness in a technology-driven world. I shift between paradigms: costume is sculpture, scenery performs, audience becomes actor, folding and refolding expectations and roles to build an art form that reflects the pulse of real-life spontaneity and behaviors.

 

I collect my choreographic ingredients across discipline: re-contextualizing and juxtaposing light, body, material, architecture and technology in a concentrated hyper-reality of emotion, flesh, and spectacle, a cross-breed of performance and installation. I weave fragments of technology, old and new, analog and digital, into my playground: the dialogue between body and its environment.

 

My work lives as dance for stage, sculpture for gallery or public spaces, and film/video art. I use body, light, paper and place to tell my story.

 

Life is choreography, a living sculpture.