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spaces of fontana

Company Bio

Founded in 2016 by Artistic Director, Evelyn Joy Hoelscher, Spaces of Fontana is an Austin-based contemporary dance collaboration inspired by human moments to create art rooted in hope. We are dedicated to filling up every space with positive energy in hopes to leave every person touched with a sense of warmth. As artists, we explore improvisation, contemporary partnering and somatics to bring life to our understanding of a human experience. 


Spaces of Fontana spent our first 6 years in NYC where we developed 7 works, performed over 30 times, received multiple grants and were featured in a segment with MNN TV network on a piece inspired by JPII’s Theology of the Body. We’ve had the honor to present work at various festivals and self-produced shows; including the US Open, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dumbo Dance Festival, Arts on Site, QDF, Dixon Place and Mark Morris Dance Group Theater. 


We have collaborated with talented visuals artists, musicians and lighting designers to enhance our work. As a project-based company, we are committed to fostering a collaborative creative process giving space to each artist to discover their unique voice and connection to the piece. 

As artists it is our goal to... 

“Create works worthwhile and beautiful, [that] not only enrich the cultural heritage of each nation and of all humanity, but they also render an exceptional social service in favour of the common good”

as St. Pope John Paul the II wrote in his Letter to Artist.

Why Spaces of Fontana?

We often get asked why are we called Spaces of Fontana.

For two reasons -

  1. Fontana is our Artistic Director’s maiden name

  2. Spaces of Fontana is actually a medical term defined as the connection between the two eyes. It is what allows the eyes to communicate with one another. 

Eyes truly are the pathway into the heart of another. As a company, we use our eye contact to define the relationships between the dancers. Whether it is through a lover’s gaze, a stranger’s avoidance, or a beggar’s plea, our eyes are the beginning of our story; the beginning of humanity’s story. Spaces of Fontana is a dance company that strives to tell this story.

Where have you seen us perform?

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