contemporary dance

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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oxford international film festival 2018

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...

OXIFF is designed to be an intimate and eloquent filmmaker festival where film enthusiasts can get first hand insights from directors, writers, actors and producers from the premiering films, a style which blends well with the beautiful city of Oxford
— OIFF

this was a good one!

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.

honored to get a good mention....click   here   to read

honored to get a good mention....click here to read

 

Behind the Scenes with dancer Andre Silva...click here to view

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and photos captured by the lovely Suxiao Yang

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

FIREBIRD - redux!!


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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.

Firebird

Saturday, Dec 2 - 11am | Saturday, Dec 9 - 11am

https://www.laphil.com/tickets/toyota-symphonies-for-youth/2017-12-02

 

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

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!

 

refugee

a treasure | a heartache | a challenge | an inspiration : the definition of this piece and of the beauty of hysterica dance co.

i treasured the experience of creating this piece | it unearthed real heartache in all of us | it was a huge challenge for me, i nearly gave up | the music was an epic inspiration

given the subject matter, we were a bit ahead of our time - as usual. it resonated then, and it still resonates now.

"refugee" choreographed by Kitty McNamee | Hysterica Dance Co. Dancers: Nina McNeely, Tara Brook, Justine Clark, Lisa Lock, Dominic Chaiduang, Scott Hislop, Tara Nicole Hughes, Mecca Vazie Andrews -- beautiful costumes by the one and only Ryan Heffington -- big thanks to Yi-Chun Wu for the captivating in-performance photo

photo: yi-chun wu

photo: yi-chun wu

dancescape la

i'm thrilled to be contributing a piece for dancescape, a benefit for art + music education in los angeles. my piece is inspired by the music of missy mazzoli and the talent of my dancers - kenzie mcclure, kelsey landers, baden silva, and derek tabata. the show features work from a plethora of talented choreographers and dancers. don't miss a great chance to see live dance and give back to the community! special thanks to EDGE performing arts center for their generous donation of rehearsal space.

 

dancescape la

sunday, jan 31st - 7pm @ club nokia (one night only!)

click here for tickets and more information


a short glimpse at "door into the dark"

Sylvia

Sometimes you get into a work and things shift...like someone turned the lights out on you...you find yourself searching, reaching for something familiar to hold on to.  Sylvia was one of those pieces. I chose to move forward in the dim, moving only toward the dancers and their experiences. This mystery was a beautiful one to unravel.

thanks to The Antlers for the beauty tune (this was a benefit so we are grateful) and to Edge Performing Arts Center for allowing me to create in their space for all of these years!

beautiful dancers are: Christian Brower, Ty Wells, Toi'ya Leatherwood, Jesse Steidler, Hannah Odgers, Sebastian Mazur and Baden Silva.

photos: Denise Leitner

the observed

inspired by cultural weekly's #DareToDance campaign, i took beauty to the streets with "the observed". the piece was shot in one take in downtown la and brought to life by dancers kelsey landers, kenzie mcclure, derek tabata, + ty wells. music is by the amazing composer missy mazzoli from her record Vespers for a New Dark Age, New Amsterdam Records, with vocals by melissa hughes. a special thanks to jessica heistand for camera op.