Events

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. 


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.

Kennedy Center...with the Ft. Worth Symphony


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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!

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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
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Short Waves Festival

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

EVA


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.

https://nationalsawdust.org

The Fantasticks at Pasadena Playhouse

I'm happy to announce that I'll be joining an incredible team of artists in bringing a new production of The Fantasticks to the historic Pasadena Playhouse this September. The new production is helmed by a few AMAZING people that i am very excited to collaborate with...

 

David O has long been one of Los Angeles’ most respected musical directors.  His work has ranged from LA’s 99-seat theatre scene to the theaters and concert halls of the Music Center, and beyond to major theaters across the U.S. and around the world.

Seema Sueko was brought on as Director at the Pasadena Playhouse in January 2015 after forging a very impressive career and creating a movement to bring more diversity to the theatre.  As well as diversity in audience members, you'll soon see this reflected on stage in this revamped production of The Fantasticks.

Cast to be announced soon.

Opening night is September 11th and the show will run through October 2nd of this year. 

Entelechy l & ll ...Ariana Delawari's album release

screenings to date:

  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Brooklyn Short Film Festival
  • Boston International Film Festival
  • Deep Focus: Women in Film: Ireland
  • Tokyo LIft-Off Online Film Festival
  • Milan Online Film Festival

entelechy                                                                                             def: the realization of potential

"Musician, filmmaker, and activist Ariana Delawari has announced the forthcoming release of her double album Entelechy I & II due out August 12"                                                                

Entelechy I was produced by Butchy Fuego and Entelechy II is the same collection of tracks presented as acoustic and unproduced featuring Salar Nader - a fellow Afghan-American and a famed virtuoso of the tabla.

i'm excited to announce that the short film i choreographed which accompanies Entelechy, will premiere in the next few months! it's already hit the festival circuit, screening all over the world, the responses have been very positive and heartfelt. the debut of the film will coincide with the release of Ariana Delawari's double album. Thank you to the amazing Nicole Disson for bringing me on board. 

you can listen to the first single from the album here or take a peek at the film's trailer!

 

ENTELECHY...premiere and film festivals

Collaboration is key and one of my FAVORITE aspects of creating work. 

I'm thrilled that the short film I choreographed for Ariana Delawari, ENTELECHY, will be screening at three festivals this spring: cleveland international film festivalboston international film festival, and deep focus: women in film, a new festival in Ireland. 

ENTELECHY is a haunting experimental, docu-musical about global warming and changing the dream. A woman is guided by a dream therapist onto a shamanic journey through the inner and outer worlds of being. Within the dream state she works to shift her dream to a vision of love, and in doing so succeeds in shifting the universal dream as well.

With an original soundtrack by Delawari and Butchy Fuego, from their yet to be released album, the film features Ariana Delawari, Daniel Blinkoff, Bo Foxworth, Lita Albuquerque, Austin Westbay and Lila Danscecs with cinematography by Bérénice Eveno and editing by Mariana Blanco.  A big thank you to producer Nicole Disson for bringing me on board,

dance camera west fundraiser screening

Dance Camera West has created amazing opportunities for local choreographers and companies alike...featuring work by Hysterica, BodyTraffic, Daniel Ezralow, Tony Testa to name a few in curated performances @ The Getty, Music Center and LACMA.

DCW also curates an amazing festival of dance on film from around the globe...come out and support this amazing organization that has supported dance so beautifully!

Tickets: http://www.dancecamerawest.org/BSV

Trailer of film to be screened "Lords of BSV": http://vimeo.com/109958092

support the arts by attending dance camera west's annual holiday fundraiser screening!

Hello Kitty...kitty

I had an amazing time working with Nicole Disson as creative director for Hello Kitty's 40th Birthday Party at The Line Hotel!   So happy that Flux was into adding LA dance to the mix!

it was a friendly, fun and supercute event. We ❤️ Hello Kitty!

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Special thanks to all the amazing talent who helped breathe extra magic into the night:

Marlon Pelayo, Emilie Livingston, Arody Trujillo, Andy Acosta, JM Rodriguez and Zoe Aja Moore

Hip Hop Trio choreography by Arody Trujillo

Trio wardrobe styled by Anthony Garza

Voguing by Derrell Bullock

+ the amazing Future Eyes by Brent Paul Pearson

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training beautiful dancers

i've been fortunate to have had some amazing dancers come through my class and my rehearsals over the years...this is what i see in the best of them:

  • bravery-they are willing to take risks. 
  • passion-their love for dance shines through the pain and sweat.
  • persistence-their passion drives them through the challenging times-never give up.
  • rebellion-the strength to challenge convention separates the great from the good.
  • individuality-my favorite quality! you'll need both bravery and rebellion for this one!

click here for a link to the combo from last Thursday's class @  Edge Performing Arts Center with 2 of my favorite dancers Stephanie Kim and Marlon Pelayo

join me for contemporary class Tues and Thurs 11:30-1 @ the new Edge!

Hollywood Film Festival...screening SLINGSHOT

 

Please join us for a SPECIAL SCREENING of SLINGSHOT at the HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL!    

 

Our feature length documentary focuses on Segway inventor Dean Kamen, his fascinating personal life, what he does for kids, and his 15-year quest to solve the world's water crisis.

 

WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 5:00pm and SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 3:00pm

Q & A with Director/Producer Paul Lazarus after each screening

 

WHERE:    ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD     6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Book your tickets now, these screenings are very likely to sell out.

To purchase tickets:  https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/ticketing/purchase-options/?lid=1001&bid=269644

 

For more information, visit our website:  WWW.SLINGSHOTDOC.COM