super excited to share my new choreography reel!
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!
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!!!
San Diego Opera
BEHIND THE SCENES
the making of LA TRAVIATA
From the first day of taping down the rehearsal space, to costumes, stagehands constructing the set, dancers, singers, to the buzz and excitement of opening night, photographer J Kat documented the behind the scenes experience of the making of La Traviata.
Enthusiastic, creative and energetic, Katarzyna Woronowicz, Kat for short, is a generous collaborator!
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Kat immigrated to the United States in 1983. Clearly grateful to be doing what she loves, her infectious joie de vivre is capturing the moment in a unique and fresh way. Provoking thought. Inciting a grin. Moving the heart. I owe a big THANK YOU to Kat for the warm memories and rare photos of me at work!
Visit Jkatphoto to explore the full photo essay and see more of Kat's insightful work.
My love affair with music continues. Add extraordinary contemporary composers and dancers to the mix and I'm in heaven. Some time ago, feels like just yesterday yet so much has happened since, Dancescape LA asked me to create a piece for a performance benefiting dance education.
How could I say no? Sometimes the work that comes out of giving - no expectation of a gig or external reward - is in the end the MOST rewarding. It takes me back to my roots (Hysterica Dance Co.) and reminds me of why I started making dance in the first place...to generate beauty, connect with my peers and contribute something worthwhile to society. Getting a little heavy here but it's so true.
Thank you, Thank you to the incredible Missy Mazzoli for allowing me to work with her music. And a big kiss to the startling Kelsey Landers, Kenzie McClure, Baden Silva and Derek Tabada for the love and inspiration. Thank you to edge performing arts for allowing us to create in your beautiful space!
music: "a door into the dark" by missy mazzoli + victoire
from the album "cathedral city" http://victoire.bandcamp.com
our AMAZING team...nearly all female created this film celebrating International Women’s Day. She’s Mercedes tells a story of feminine energy and female unity, envisioning a utopian community based on diversity, warm fellowship and a regal attitude, starring Malaysian musician Yuna.
Creative Direction/ Photo Shelby Duncan
film maker Sara Silkin gives us an intimate glimpse into rehearsals for RIFT.
RIFT premieres Aug 5, 2016 @ the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Artistic Director Marin Alsop will conduct.
Anna Clyne - composer/ Kitty McNamee - choreographer
Ty Wells, Derek Nemechek, Baden Silva, Liz Walker, Stephanie Kim and Katherine Cowgill
/filmed in rehearsal @ edge performing arts center, hollywood, ca/
Power & Devotion, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has announced it's Opening Night concert on August 5. The opening will feature the thrilling world premiere of a symphonic ballet titled RIFT. A Festival commission, the work is a collaboration between myself and composer Anna Clyne. I recently visited Santa Cruz to meet with staff and explore staging possibilities at the Civic Auditorium.
Anna and I have been filming during our creative process. We’re sharing our first short video about RIFT, which gives background on the piece, and describes our progress to date. It's a very exciting project, and we are happy to share it with you now!
ok...so it's pretty great to have one of your projects highlighted in Rollingstone! loved bringing the title track of Josh Kelley's highly anticipated new album "New Lane Road" to life in dance with the stunning Kelsey Landers and Derek Tabada.
See Josh Kelley, Katherine Heigl in Dramatic 'It's Your Move' Video
"The artful, dramatic video, which has the couple acting out the roller coaster of emotions that so often accompany a relationship, also features two professional dancers helping tell the true story of a fight Kelley and Heigl had early in their marriage". Rollingstone
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!
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.
"crust" in performance @ Bootleg Theater
choreography-kitty mcnamee design- ryan heffington music- baseck
LA Opera, one of my absolute favorite places to work, has unveiled a new initiative to celebrate it's 30th Anniversary! click below to read about the brilliant 30/30/30 Club, created under the leadership of President and CEO Christopher Koelsch
below is a peek behind the scenes of one of my production of "Romeo et Juliette" starring Nino Machaidze and Vittorio Grigolo
beautiful memories! photos of some of my choreography for LA Opera productions: