Dancer, Visual Artist
8001 N Scenic Drive Tucson, Arizona 85743 &
P.O Box 292, Honomu Hawaii 96728
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Anne Bunker is the Artistic Director of O-T-O Dance
and Co-Director of the multi-disciplinary teaching company, Art Gecko.
Anne has taught children and people of all ages and abilities for 30 years
in private and public educational and Arts institutions. Professional
experience includes the Cleo-Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble, Heights Dance
Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Bill T. Jones.
Choreography and Company touring engagements
encompass performances in New York City, Washington D.C., throughout the
United States – including Alaska and Hawaii, Mexico, the U.K., Italy,
Switzerland, Russia, South and Central America. Anne’s first major award
was a year long fellowship in 1979 from the Rocky Mountain Women's
Institute. In 1981 she founded and directed Anne Bunker and Dancers in
Milan, Italy. As a master choreographer she has created over 90
choreographic works since 1976.
Choreography commissions have included works for the
Jan Justis Dance Co., Arizona Dance Theatre, Colorado Repertory Dance Co.,
Wishbone Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Arizona Theatre Company,
Webster Dance Theatre, In Motion Dance Theatre, Quintessence Woodwind
Quintet, R. Carlos Nakai, Capoeira Malandragem, ARTS EXPRESS!, Heavy Metal
Brass Quintet, POG, Semaphor Danceworks, Third St. Kids, PROPUDANZA,
Desert Voices and ODAIKO Sonora.
Currently, Anne participates in the Arts-in-Education
and the Rural Arts programs for the Tucson Pima Arts Council, is a Roster
Artist for The Arizona Commission on the Arts, works as Artist in
Residence/Consultant for numerous schools, is a consultant for integrating
the arts into academic education and has participated as a grants review
panelist for both state and national organizations. She collaborates with
artists of national and international acclaim in creating new performances
for both traditional and non-traditional performance spaces.
In 1990, 1995 and 1997 she received
Artist-in-Residence awards from the Tucson Arts District Partnership and
in 1991 Anne formed the Duet Company Art Gecko with her husband,
composer/videographer/visual artist, Chuck Koesters. In 1993 and in 2001
she was awarded choreographer fellowships from the Tucson Pima Arts
Council and in 1994 she was awarded an Artist Project Grant from The
Arizona Commission on the Arts. In 1995, Anne was named Best of Tucson by
the Tucson Weekly Reader’s poll for her solo work, “Interiors”. Anne is
recipient of the 1997 award in choreography from The Arizona Commission on
In March of 1998, Anne taught and performed for the
Festival Internacional de las Artes in San Jose Costa Rica and received
and award from Americans For The Arts which included traveling to Northern
Ireland to teach and perform with the Dungannon Disability Arts Studio.
Recent teaching and performing engagements have included tours to St
Petersburg, Russia, Quito, Guyaquil and Manta Ecuador in 2001, 2002, 2003
and 2006 with support from the US Embassy. In 2004 she was guest artist at
the Cranbrook Schools in Michigan and created TURRJURKUPA with Australian
didgeridoo master and videographer, Ash Dargan. In 2005 Anne was awarded
the prestigious Artist Award from the Community Foundation of Southern
Arizona and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tucson Pima Arts
Council. In 2006 with her husband and longtime collaborator, Chuck
Koesters, they completed their newest work Hawaiian Suite which premiered
in Quito, Ecuador at the 5th Annual Festival Mujeres en la Danza.
Her works, her vision and company have become an
Arizona dance institution.
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