Who Are We?

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Invertigo Dance Theatre is a Los Angeles dance company which:

  • creates powerful, whimsical and fresh dance theatre that connects with audiences on a visceral and thoughtful level.
  • collaborates with a network of choreographers, theatre companies, musical ensembles, social service agencies, education programs and design artists.
  • promotes physical and artistic empowerment by making dance accessible and fun for many underserved communities, and specializing in low-income students and people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Invertigo was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Laura Karlin.  Praised as "engaging" by the LA Times and as "one of the top trend-setting companies in Los Angeles" by Dance Spirit Magazine, Invertigo is always headed ONWARD, UPWARD and SOMETIMES UPSIDE-DOWN!

Programs

Concert Programs:  Invertigo brings a singular powerful vision to life, blurring boundaries between life and stage.  We blend wit, playfulness, live music, intense physicality, beautiful design elements and bold theatricality. We have performed all over Los Angeles, at such venues as the Ford Amphitheatre, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Odyssey, the Broad Stage and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Click here for more info on our repertory.

Dancing Through Parkinson’s encourages joy, community, stability, balance, increased flexibility and keeping the mind alert.  Launched in March 2011, this program provides weekly dance classes designed for people living with Parkinson’s disease as well as their friends, family and care-partners.  Click here for more info.

Invert/ED education program empowers students through teamwork, creative thinking, fitness, physical awareness and language skills.  Invert/ED emphasizes creative ownership and interdisciplinary learning.  Artistic Director Laura Karlin also guest teaches for beginning to pre-professional students in Los Angeles, Paris, London, San Francisco and Barcelona.  Invert/ED Director Sadie Yarrington has taught in New York, Los Angeles, Michigan, Australia and Cuba.  Click here for more info.

Invertigo’s Statement of Diversity & Inclusion

Invertigo Dance Theatre strives to create a community where all people enjoy the many benefits of dance and storytelling. We believe that this is only possible through the creation of programs, audience experiences, and work environments that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

A true community is one in which all people, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability, must feel welcomed, valued, and respected.

We recognize and understand that a history of disparities, bias, and injustice has created a societal landscape of inequality and exclusion. We seek to address these issues directly with an intersectional understanding of and strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity - both internally and throughout our community.

Invertigo continues to work towards reflecting our passion for creating community and connections by sharing important stories through the many faces, cultures, and walks of life that proudly make up our world.

We encourage our staff, board members, volunteers, contractors, and partners to embrace the following principles intended to promote diversity and equity:

  • Mutual Respect: We value and respect those persons, ideas, and experiences that are different from our own.
  • Transparency: We have a responsibility to ourselves and our community to work towards mission and goals with honesty and transparency.
  • Collaboration: We believe in creating space that welcomes and elevates a wide array of voices and talents.
  • Accessibility: We believe that dance is for everyone: everybody and every body. We strive to make our programming available and accessible in a variety of ways.
  • Creativity & Knowledge: Everyone has a story to tell, and we learn more about ourselves by listening to and learning from others. This cultivates and fosters creativity and helps Invertigo create works that reflect the ever-changing world around us and the new stories that are being shared every day.
  • Intersectionality: We recognize that everyone carries multiple identities, and that there is a history of oppression and privilege tied to various identities.
  • Accountability: We strive to create mechanisms for constant evaluation and feedback, and an open atmosphere of communication that values impact over intention.