Robin Bisio’s award winning dance films have been screened at film festivals worldwide, including seven years at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Fest, Dance On Camera, Danza Di Napoli, Festival Du Films Independants/Brussels, Chicks With Flicks, A New Generation of Women Film Makers/Napa, CA., New Media Film Fest, Hollywood Short Pictures Film Fest, Columbia Gorge International Film Fest, Wine Country Film Fest, Blue Ocean Film Fest, MFF (Sicily), International Motion Fest (Cyprus), Bucharest Short Cut Cine Fest, Barcelona Planet Film Fest, Twin Rivers Film Fest, Fine Arts Film Fest, Move Me Short Film Fest (Brussels) and many others. Her aim is to present dance that celebrates landscape.
She created public site-specific dance for Santa Barbara parks, beaches and backcountry for many years, and for ten years produced the Coastal Project at Leadbetter Beach with scores of muti-disciplinary artists presenting performance and installation. She received the Santa Barbara Arts Fund Award for Choreography in 1995 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance in 2010. Her book, Your Flesh Shall Be A Poem: The Art of Plein Air Dance, was published by Nauset Press in 2013. She is a teen mentor for Dance on Camera for the Santa Barbara Arts Fund. A recipient of numerous grants from the City and County of Santa Barbara, she received a California Council for the Humanities Grant for a documentary on the artist Ray Strong.
Bisio studied at the Sorbonne, UCSB and UC Berkeley where she received an M.A. in English. She studied dance at South Coast Contemporary Dance Theater, UCSB for non majors, Lone Mountain College, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Studio and with Deborah Hay, David Gordon, Valda Setterfield, Meredith Monk, Merce Cunningham and other post modern luminaries. She worked with Charlotte Selver and Charles Brooks in Sensory Awareness and with Joan Chodorow in Authentic Movement. She was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area.
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