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directing and festivals and films - oh my!


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How PERFECT is it that my first short film as a director, The Yellow Room, will have it's World Premiere at the Kerry Film Festival in Co. Kerry Ireland!!!!! The following month it will be screening at the Olympia Film Festival and hopefully more to come!

Happily I had some incredible collaborators on this project including Jim Doyle - my talented DP and co-producer, dancers Jessica Gadzinski and Junji Dezaki, composer Ali Helnwein, and editor Arielle Zakowski

For more details on production and upcoming screenings you can visit The Yellow Room 

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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

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,

#gettyinspired

every time i visit the getty i am overwhelmed by the beauty - the art, the architecture, the garden, the view. a few years ago, dance camera west gave me the opportunity to create a piece specifically for the outdoor space. inspired by the interplay of water and architecture, it was a joy to choreograph three dances for such an iconic la landmark. i am honored to be featured on the getty's website for their #gettyinspired campaign: http://www.getty.edu/inspired/kitty-mcnamee/ please take a moment to check it out!

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

lost the plot

happy new year! flashing back to this beautiful piece i choreographed for director miles crawford and artist nicole turley of amoureux. working with reshma gajjar and hunter hamilton continues to be an enormous source of inspiration. i'm looking forward to creating more beautiful work this year!

hysterica OG

ok...these beauties make me so happy. it may seem counter-intuitive but watching this madness makes me very calm. i knew my choreography was in such good hands with these fine folks (hunter hamilton, austin westbay, tara brook, andy acosta, lou becker, stephen hernandez and the remarkable nina mcneely) that i could try just about any crazy thing and it would be stunning on them.

ryan heffington and i created "crust" together for hysterica dance co. (the pieces in the link below were choreographed by me). he worked some incredible magic with the costumes and styling and was the ultimate collaborator.

i'll never regret the blood, sweat and drama that went into creating with hysterica...ultimate risk and ultimate fulfillment.

special thank you to baseck for the stellar track, eliot lee hazel for the remarkable images and edge performing arts center for years and years of free rehearsal space.

"crust" in performance @ Bootleg Theater

choreography-kitty mcnamee     design- ryan heffington     music- baseck

 

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: denna thomsen

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: denna thomsen

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: austin westbay

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: austin westbay

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee  hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancers: denna thomsen and austin westbay

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee  hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancers: denna thomsen and austin westbay

take me back to the "funny"

a little throwback to a fun musical i choreographed for Ripfest.

i was lucky to be invited by artistic director david rodwin and teamed up with director sean mewshaw + composer deborah hurwitz for this silly musical "what were you thinking". 

artistic director: david rodwin | director : sean mewshaw | composer: deborah hurwitz | writer: matt prager | choreography: kitty mcnamee

featuring: nanci anderson, jimmy ray bennet, dana snyder

dancers: ryan heffington, nina mcneely, dominic chaiduang, kristen leahy, zac brazenas, chae amando

muse/ique collaboration with dan goods + david delgado

here's a sneak peek...behind the scenes @ muse/ique rehearsals. i'm very excited to collaborate with visual geniuses dan goods + david delgado. it's going to be an incredible show! 

MUSE/IQUE this sat, aug 8th! 

lead dancers: marlon pelayo + chelsea paige johnson

visual artists: dan goods + david delgado

dan goods

dan goods

david delgado

david delgado

JAZZ/GENESIS...dance with Muse/ique!

One of the gifts of my career is creating dance for live orchestral performances!

This summer i've been collaborating with Mike Simpson (EZ Mike) and Muse/ique to create a theatrical dance event for the upcoming JAZZ/GENESIS show. The music, the story, the magic of Mike Simpson's re-invention have completely revitalized me! 

Come see Maestra Rachel Worby, the Muse/ique Orchestra, principal dancers Chelsea Paige Johnson and Marlon Pelayo and the graduating class of Edge Performing Arts Center's nationally recognized scholarship program LIVE on Saturday, August 8 @ 7:30

 

the EDGE

i'm really happy to be sharing the stage with so many amazing choreographers in support of EDGE performing arts center, who has supported me for years. big thanks to bill and randy for all that they've done. get your tickets now, it's going to be an amazing show!

"sylvia" dancers: christian brower, toi'ya leatherwood, sebastian mazur, hannah odgers, jess steidler, ty wells

ACE Hotel...the series - may 30th

hysterica dance co. will perform may 30

 upstairs @ the ACE Hotel as part of the series

"sylvia" in performance

"sylvia" in performance

Austin Westbay

Austin Westbay

Nicole Disson

Nicole Disson

sylvia...new work

experimenting with new construction techniques for "sylvia." many thanks to Axiom Dance Theater for the invitation to show work and to edge performing arts center for letting us rehearse in their beautiful new space! 

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

ariana delawari - the ultimate collaborator

"Art is an investigation" - Twyla Tharp

"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control" - Julia Cameron

just wrapped production on ariana delawari's upcoming short entelechyariana led the way with grace, spirit and above all bravery. she gave us the freedom to discover real beauty in the moment. i'm so grateful to all of the dancers for their open hearts and unrelenting passion.

http://arianadelawari.com

 

our playground

our playground

the dancers

the dancers

nicole + kitty

nicole + kitty

ariana delawari

ariana delawari

austin westbay

austin westbay

sebastian mazur

sebastian mazur

ty wells

ty wells

kristina desjardins

kristina desjardins

paola gamache

paola gamache

naomi pacheco

annick chung

annick chung

baden silva

baden silva

jessica hiestand

jessica hiestand

lydia purves-ware

lydia purves-ware

hannah odgers

hannah odgers

talitha thurston

talitha thurston

jess steidler

jess steidler