FILM Festivals! Burden Halved

Thrilled to share that our short dance film Burden Halved will be screening at Film Festivals around the world!

A film by Kitty McNamee and Lara Schnitger

Screendance Film Festival - Stockholm, Sweden

STIFF - Seattle, WA

Hollyshorts: August 8th-17th, 2019 - Hollywood, CA

On Art Film Festival: July 5th- September 7th, 2019 - Poland

Skyline indie Film Fest: September 12th-15th, 2019 - Winchester, VA

Santa Cruz Film Festival: October 9th-13th, 2019 - Santa Cruz, CA

***more to come but we can’t share yet!

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@Fordtheaters: Women Rising!

I am honored to be contributing a new duet,The Farewell, to the Women Rising concert at The Ford Amphitheater!

The evening, presented by LA Dance Festival, will include the work of 10 female choreographers who have shifted the culture of dance in Los Angeles.

Dancers: Jessica Gadzinski and Raymond Ejiofor  Photo by: Frederick Diaz

Dancers: Jessica Gadzinski and Raymond Ejiofor

Photo by: Frederick Diaz

Read more about the event and the amazing women behind it here!

dancers are Jessica Gadzinski and Raymond Ejiofor

design by Cathy Cooper.

Details:

  • Ford Theater, Hollywood CA

  • Friday, August 16th, 2019 - 8:30 PM (Come early!!)

  • Tickets are going fast… Buy them in advance here! Use discount code: “KITTYB”

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LA TRAVIATA!

SO happy to be back @ LA Opera - this production is near and dear to my heart! Celebrating over 12 years of working with the fabulous Domingo family! Brava to my beautiful dancers - you make my work a pleasure!

Screendance Festival !

Burden Halved screens at Screendance Festival in Stockholm, Sweden!

ScreenDance Festival presents the festival at Dansmuseet, the world’s first museum of dance and movement, situated in the heart of Stockholm (Drottninggatan 17) where many dance enthusiasts have had the chance to visit the museum’s beautiful exhibitions as well as the festival’s screenings.

ScreenDance festival presents a wide range of outstanding dance films as well as parallell activities like school projects, professional workshops, screenings, panels and talks during the year.

Rapsodie espangole!

SO excited to return to the LA Phil to direct and choreograph a new production of RAVEL’S Bolero for Toyota Symphonies for Youth!

Love working with the extraordinary Ottavio Taddei, Natacha Bachour and Micaela DePauli in creating this new dance theater piece inspired by Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole. Telling story through dance and music is what I live for!

The second part of the show - inspired by factory machines and Spanish dance, Bolero, is sure to quicken the pulse. It’ll be impossible not to get caught up in the insistent rhythms and careening melody as the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs this timeless piece.

Sat, April 6th & 20th || 11am @ Disney Hall

Tickets here

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photo credit … Paul Cressey

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Agnes de Mille Commission!!!

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.

This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” 

– Agnes de Mille

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Following a national call for submissions, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the independent, not-for-profit affiliate of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, today announced the selection of five choreographers who will receive commissions to create original works inspired by a sealed envelope containing an unknown idea by famed choreographer Agnes de Mille, an SDC Founder, that has been held in SDC’s custody for more than a half-century.

RECIPIENTS OF THE COMMISSIONS ARE

Al Blackstone, Raja Feather Kelly, Kitty McNamee, Jenn Rose, and Katie Spelman

to Debut Original Works at SDCF “Mr. Abbott” Award Gala

TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE DIRECTED BY 2013 “MR. ABBOTT” AWARD WINNER JERRY MITCHELL

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Light Moves Festival of Screendance - Ireland

One of the greatest benefits to capturing my choreography on film is that it has allowed me to connect with people all over the world who share my passion for dance…to say the feeling is incredible is an understatement!

So excited to be included in the lineup for Light Moves Festival of Screendance. Light Moves is THE international festival for dance in Ireland. My short, The Yellow Room, will be screening in the Ballet Programme on November 10th.

Exclusively focused on screen dance films, their Screendance Symposiums offer workshops and panels specifically geared towards filmmakers who shoot dance; addressing technology, interaction, and more. They also have a virtual reality workshop and a Screendance lab for students.

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is Ireland’s international festival of dance on film. The festival is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. 


Don Carlo the Magnificent

Sometimes you find yourself surrounded by genius. It’s hard to call it work when you get to listen to some of the world’s greatest opera stars singing together on one stage. Plácido Domingo, Anna Smirnova, Ana María Martínez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Ramón Vargas came together in this production of Don Carlo and created some kind of magic. I gain so much more than I give on a project like this - knowledge, inspiration, and camaraderie. Very proud of this one!

LA Times Review

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

HollyShorts Film Festival

'The Yellow Room' screening @ TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood!

Hey LA folks, I'm thrilled to have my film screening at HollyShorts Film Festival in two weeks!

Dance & Music Program
Wed, Aug 15 @ 12pm
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Click here for tickets

HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. Not only is it the largest short-film festival in Hollywood, it's also an Academy Awards qualifying festival.

The dancers and I hope to see you there!

MUSE/IQUE

What an incredible experience collaborating with DJ EZ Mike to create a hip hop ballet inspired by On the Waterfront. Excited to open the inaugural season of MUSE/IQUE at Huntington Gardens, led by the incomparable Rachael Worby.

Click here for tickets and more info!

about the show:

From an electrified, hip hop infused rendition of “On the Waterfront” to the overwhelming emotional power of “Make our Garden Grow,” this is Leonard Bernstein’s 100th as a birthday bash for America and the American sound.
Bernstein’s love of all people guided his inspiration and made his life powerful and impactful. MUSE/IQUE explores this commitment to community with a thrilling blend of cherished works by Bernstein, musicians and composers who influenced him, and artists who he inspired.
Continuing MUSE/IQUE’s tradition of creating collaborative experiences that connect the venue environment to the performance, LIMITLESS/LENNY will draw inspiration from The Huntington’s vast collections of treasures in American art and history to create a new kind of map of America – one fashioned from thrilling live music performances.