Gaspard louis

Meet the Artistic Director

Gaspard Louis founded Gaspard&Dancers in 2009. The company produces an annual performance season at Duke University in Durham and has been presented at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City, Cape Fear Stage in Wilmington, NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, and Bermuda as well as across North Carolina as part of the NC Dance Festival. 

Gaspard also directs the American Dance Festival’s year-round creative movement outreach program, ADF Project Dance, which provides free dance classes to children throughout the Triangle. Additionally, Gaspard has been a guest teacher at Duke, North Carolina Central, and Elon Universities. He has most recently returned to Elon to set work from his trilogy, based on the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, on students. 

Prior to forming his own company, Gaspard was a dancer with Pilobolus Dance Theater for ten years. In addition to performing, touring, and teaching globally with Pilobolus, he collaborated on nine major dance works. In 2012 

he received his MFA from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival program in dance. Gaspard has always sought to push the envelope technically and creatively in his choreography. His mission is to engage the audience in a way that is emotional and visceral.