Elisabeth Roskopf is a dancer, performer, choreographer, educator, pianist, and a mother to her daughter, Alina. Elisabeth was born in South Korea and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin where she began dancing at the age of 6. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano and a minor in Dance. She is a company member of Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Danceworks Performance MKE, the Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, and a performance collaborator with Wild Space Dance Company. Elisabeth co-produced and performed in her screendance work, Provenance: A Letter to My Daughter, with her collaborators, Li Chiao-Ping as director and choreographer and Christal Wagner as cinematographer and editor. This film features Elisabeth’s story as a transracial and transnational adoptee, and received a Best Direction Award from the 2023 Experimental, Dance and Music Film Festival. In addition to her performing, she is a ballet and contemporary teacher and choreographer in the Greater Milwaukee Area. She is a ballet and modern lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Elisabeth is the Founder and Creative Director of Dance For Diversity, an annual screendance project series that is made explicitly for Artists of Color to empower and elevate their unique voices and share their stories of identity through dance-making and performance work. Recently, she signed on as a model and actress with The Belle Agency in hopes that she can create greater representation for herself, her daughter, and other Asian Americans in the film industry.
Thank you Lauren Curry, Bethany Bak, and the Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective for letting me have the opportunity to share my creative process, my solo works, and my embodied dance practice with you and your community. I am so honored and grateful to be your Digital Fellowship Artist for the Process/Progress Residency for this summer quarter!
Provenance: A Letter to My Daughter is a short dance film about a transnational adoptee’s personal experiences struggling with identity, belonging, and inclusion growing up in the Midwest of America. Directed and choreographed by Li Chiao-Ping, dancer Elisabeth Roskopf’s exquisite movement and personal story reclaiming her heritage are captured beautifully by cinematographer and editor Christal Wagner.
This screendance work was awarded “Best Direction” by the Experimental, Dance and Music Film Festival and officially selected into the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, and Festival Internacional VideoDanzaBA.
My collaborator and the Artistic Director of Danceworks Performance MKE, Christal Wagner, and I had the opportunity to attend the screening and participate in the Q&A of our screendance work, Provenance: A Letter to My Daughter, at the Milwaukee Film Festival on May 2, 2023.