“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
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
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.
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!
super excited to share my new choreography reel!
'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!
how utterly romantic!!
The Yellow Room projected onto a screen on a barge floating on the river running through Padua. REMARKABLE honor to be included in the wonderful River Film Festival. Grazie! The international film community has embraced our little film and given me such incredible support and hope!
Directing my first short film has been an incredible journey. Collaboration has been key - finding the folks who are as passionate about dance as I am was pretty effortless. Their creativity and positivity really bouyed me as I navigated unknown territory. A big thank you to co-producer/DP/dance fanatic Jim Doyle, editor Arielle Zakowski, composer Ali Helnwein , cameraman Lachlan Turczan and of course the impeccable dancers Jessica Gadzinki and Junji Dezaki!
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.
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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.
honored to be included in LA's most inspiring stories!
sharing a bit of my personal story with VoyageLA, an online magazine that profiles LA based artists who take the path less traveled. check out the full article!
so honored to have our film awarded Best Experimental Short Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Santa Cruz. incredible to have our film screened in Argentina!
this festival has everything going for it, i so wish i could be there! if you find yourself in oxford in mid-may, check it out...
this was a GOOD one!
a rare and magical experience with Texas Ballet Theater and Ft. Worth Symphony.
the synthesis of music, players, dancers and Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya filled me up. Such wonderful support and collaboration - it was really a heartening experience.
Behind the Scenes with dancer Andre Silva...click here to view
and photos captured by the lovely Suxiao Yang
here's a sneak peek inside rehearsal for one of my favorite duets. it's a joy to create with such gorgeous collaborators - dancers isaac huerta & kelsey landers - to the beautiful music of missy mazzoli.
filmed by chehon at IAMFORCE studios
Off to Texas then DC for performances of RIFT, the contemporary ballet composed by the brilliant Anna Clyne. Excited to have my work performed in Texas...spent some formative years there dreaming of a life in dance! CANNOT wait to see the piece on the stage of the Kennedy Center with live orchestra conducted by the uber talented Miguel Harth-Bedoya!
highlights from last year's SHIFT festival:
"SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
This fascinating evening features two works inspired by literary connections: Bel Canto by Jimmy López is based on Ann Patchett's 2001 novel of the same name; Serenade by Leonard Bernstein is based on Plato's "Symposium." Also featured is RIFT, a symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne choreographed by Kitty McNamee for six dancers on stage." - FWSO
Wing on Wing, composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, celebrates Frank Gehry's creation of Disney Hall! The score is as magical and heroic as the building itself. I've loved re-envisioning the dramatized production that Jessica Kubzansky and I created to bring the sound, building, orchestra and story to life for Toyota's Symphony for Youth.
Here's to a life in the arts!!!
LOVED creating with Texas Ballet Theater for an upcoming performance of RIFT at Bass Hall with the Ft. Worth Symphony. The piece was originally commissioned by Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and composed by the incredible Anna Clyne. I'm very honored to be working under the leadership of Ben Stevenson, the Artistic Director of the company. I fell in love with the ballet all over again!
Special thanks for Andre Silva and Alexandra Farber for sending me footage from their latest reh!
I'm very excited to be returning to LA Opera for their 2018-2019 season! I'll be opening the season with Don Carlo starring Placido Domingo, and closing the season with my art deco production of La Traviata directed by Marta Domingo.
The Yellow Room is on a roll!
Excited to be accepted to our sixth festival - Short Waves Festival. The Yellow Room was one of just two American films (both directed by women) selected for the Dances with Camera category. Screenings will take place March 20-25th in Poznán, Poland.
The Yellow Room
Director + Choreographer: Kitty McNamee
Dancers: Jessica Gadzinski + Junji Dezaki
DP: Jim Doyle
Composer: Ali Helnwein
Editor: Arielle Zakowski
Camera Operator: Lachlan Turczan
VERY excited to work with Conductor JONATHON HEYWARD on my upcoming original production of FIREBIRD!
JONATHON is forging a career as one the most exciting conductors of his generation. Currently Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, the young American was also selected to be part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017/18 Dudamel Conducting Fellowship program.
Collaborating with some beautiful folks for our mad take on the eternal Firebird. In addition to the fabulous team at LA PHIL, Cathy Cooper is designing, Conner Marx is our Stravinsky and dancers are Kelsey Landers, Isaac Huerta, Baden Silva, Derek Schiesel and Ty Wells. Hope you can join us for some truly extraordinary music and story.
Saturday, Dec 2 - 11am | Saturday, Dec 9 - 11am
Super excited to announce that NATIONAL SAWDUST, an incubator for contemporary music in Brooklyn, has given us a residency to begin the creation of our new opera EVA.
EVA is a new 75-minute opera scored for five vocalists, chamber orchestra and electronics with a libretto drawn from the recently published Diaries of visual artist Eva Hesse. Thunderstruck with pain, Eva collapses in her loft hurtling us back in time to confront the pivotal artistic and personal moments of her tragically short life.
Composer - Anna Clyne
Libretto - Kitty McNamee and Jocelyn Clarke
Dramaturg - Jocelyn Clarke
Conceived by Kitty McNamee
About NATIONAL SAWDUST
National Sawdust (NS), an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.
In a city teeming with venues, NS is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.