Dancer Litza Bixler bows forward with her arms stretched out.The UW–Madison Division of the Arts welcomes Litza Bixler as the Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence. Bixler is a choreographer, filmmaker, movement director, artist, and writer. During the residency, she will encourage students to focus on their creative and collaboration skills.

Creativity, Collaboration and the Creation of Self” is a 3-credit course (Integrated Arts 310/610) that will be presented in two parts. The first part examines creativity in context. The second part explores creative collaboration and will culminate in a public (or virtual) exhibition of films and images. There is also a 1-credit option (Integrated Arts 330) that is focused on creativity and the self. This semester’s residency will be held as hybrid (all remote through at least March 12).

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The Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Dance Department with Professor Li Chiao-Ping as lead faculty. The Art Department and Department of Communication Arts are also co-sponsors of the residency.

The UW–Madison Division of the Arts has hosted world-class artists-in-residence since 1995 and formally launched the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) in 1999. The IARP is made possible by funding from the university’s Office of the Provost.

Guest Artists

Simon Aeppli

Simon Aeppli is a filmmaker and educator. His work has been screened at festivals, galleries, and events in Britain and abroad. Aeppli has taught documentary immersion courses in Poland, Morocco, and London. He is currently a lecturer in documentary and filmmaking at the University of Creative Arts in England. He recently received a technē scholarship for PhD study at the “Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories” at University of Brighton. He also received development funding for a feature-length project titled Operation Bogeyman.

Twitter: @simonaeppli

Sean de Sparengo

Sean de Sparengo is a multi-disciplinary photographer and director working across art, fashion, advertising, and drama. He originally trained as a dancer and brings a sense of visual choreography and timing to his work.

In 2014, he directed the 30-minute drama, Counting Backwards, which won eight Best Film awards. He recently photographed children in the remote highlands of China for the book I Want to be the Moon; and produced a series of large-scale photographs featuring dancers. De Sparengo is currently developing his own feature film and drama projects.

Paul Machliss

Paul Machliss (ACE) started his career cutting music documentary films. He collaborated with Edgar Wright on the cult hit television show Spaced and edited the BAFTA-winning comedies Black Books, The IT Crowd, and Peep Show. He also cut the TV pilot for the critically acclaimed series Fleabag. Machliss also edited Edgar Wright’s films Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Eddie nomination), The World’s End, and Baby Driver, which he received an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA win for Best Editing. He is originally from Australia, though has lived and worked in the UK for many years.


  • Bodies, Borders & Belonging is a multimedia collaborative exhibition created by students enrolled in this semester’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency course. Read more.
  • Litza was a guest on Cinematalk, the UW Cinematheque’s podcast, to discuss her collaborations with Edgar Wright and the influence of Metropolis on her work. The episode is now available!
  •  Watch a video series interviews with Liza previewing her course, “Creativity, Collaboration and the Creation of Self.”
  • Watch the Spring 2021 Course Promo Video: Creativity, Collaboration and the Creation of Self as part of Litza Bixler’s residency. The 3-credit course is on Thursday from  5:30 – 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Images courtesy of the artists.