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.
excited to have our film in 4 festivals...thrilled for composer Ali Helnwein's nomination for best score @ Kerry Film Festival and honored to receive an award of merit for Female Filmakers from Best Shorts Competition!
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
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
Two short films...both helmed by female directors will be premiering in festivals this month. I have to say that i was inspired by both. Very different experiences, the focus on the feminine experience uniting them both. Thank you to Anna Biani, Thank you Aldona Kwiatkowski. Thank you Nicole Disson.
YES...my love for dance and dancers is well known...especially the unexpected, the unusual.
I started dancing at the very late age of 16. small town ohio. not much dance available and we lived out in the country which made getting to the one class in town challenging. thank goodness for my patient first teacher the amazing Helen Goshinski.
when i was asked to create for this TARGET spot I jumped at the chance... i love this representation of strong! inner and out strength...guts...perseverance....girl power!!!
and my inner teenager relates to and is inspired by the awesome Lizzy Howell - who's passion for dance matches my own.
thank you @Target for bringing me on to work with these beautiful ballerinas! Big shout out to dancers Kennedy Daniels and Liv Mai!
la traviata opened at the san diego opera last weekend! it was a thrill to work with mrs. domingo again. the talent in san diego is outstanding! i was also really happy to work with some of the returning artists such as dancer louis williams, peabody southwell, and brenton ryan.
i was so proud of the dancers, they were gorgeous - louis williams, sergey kheylik, mikaella abitbol, noel dilworth, danielle dorsch, jessica gadzinski, bernadette torres, and susan vishmid.
check out the UCTV documentary below...it's cued up to the dance segment.
opera spotlight documentary...the dance and traviata:
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