Kate Weare Company, “Marksman”
Kate Weare Company, “Marksman”
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2016/2017 Tour Dates
March 22, 2017
Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges
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“Weare’s dancers generate a heat that seems to come from the glide and pressure and quick brush of skin against skin, and against the skein of air between moving bodies.”
– Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal’s Dance Beat
“[Weare] probes deeply into the physical implications of movement, making it uniquely personal and thereby universal.”
– Gus Solomons, Jr., Solomons Says
“Kate Weare creates terrifically satisfying dance phrases. And her fine company brings these steps to full, luscious life. This combination of sophisticated movement invention and high-caliber movement delivery should be pretty straightforward, but it can still be frustratingly difficult for a dance-goer to find.”
– Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
“Every dance by Weare that I’ve seen since she moved to New York eight years ago has stuck in my mind… the four tremendous performers appear to be locked together in a cycle of changing allegiances—always watchful, always aware of one another. If their characters and drives were different, you might imagine you were watching a fever chart of Othello.”
– Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
“The feeling on stage is that of total awareness, like right before an attack when ears are perked, hair stands on end and insignificant sound seems explosive. Even the audience seems to lean in a little closer to make sure they don’t miss it.”
– Emeri Fetzer, Dance Pulp
“What fascinated throughout… was the sense of these people simultaneously being pulled every which way. Weare doesn’t present this issue in terms of resolvable conflicts but as an existential state of being.”
– Rita Felciano, The San Francisco Chronicle
“Kate Weare…shone with an intense emotional brilliance and crisp physicality that marks her as a risen star on the national dance scene.”
– Jonathan M. Stein, The Broad Street Review
Weare’s latest dance explores the nuance and precision we use to intuit one another on a magnetic level. Featuring an original score from composer Curtis Macdonald and set design by artist Clifford Ross, Marksman acknowledges the beauty and futility of our own willfulness. Weare draws inspiration from Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, “The [master] marksman aims at himself…”
Kate Weare Company is a New York contemporary dance group known for its startling combination of formal choreographic value and visceral, emotional interpretation. As Artistic Director, Weare cultivates the individuality of her dancers to unleash a chemistry onstage that is heartfelt yet precise and bold. Weare’s dances deal with intimacy, power, identity, gender and the body’s brilliant capacity for truth telling.
Kate Weare Company has been presented nationwide by Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, ArtPower at UC San Diego, Ringling Museum of Art, Dance Celebration Philadelphia, Spring to Dance St. Louis, Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota, and Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, among many other venues. In New York the company has been presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, Fall for Dance at New York City Center, The 92nd St. Y, Symphony Space, The Skirball Center, Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub, Dance Theater Workshop, and Danspace Project.
Kate Weare, Artistic Director of Kate Weare Company, is committed to creating dances that explore a contemporary view of intimacy – both stark and tender – through the power and clarity of the moving body. Raised by a painter and a printmaker in Oakland, California, Weare draws on visual art sources, language, poetry, contemporary music and psychology in her work. After earning a BFA from California Institute of the Arts, she danced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Belgrade and Montreal before settling in New York.
Celebrating her company’s 10th Anniversary Season at BAM Fisher, Weare is honored to receive the White Bird ‘Barney’ Creative Prize in 2015, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014, the Inaugural Evelyn Sharp Summer Artist-in Residency at CalArts in 2014, the Inaugural Artist-in-Residency at BAM Fisher in 2013, Joyce Theater Creative Residencies in both 2014 and 2011, and a Princess Grace Fellowship for Choreography in 2009. She’s currently developing new work co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater and American Dance Festival to premiere in 2016. Dance companies worldwide have asked Weare to travel and set work on their dancers, and she enjoys sharing her work with students most recently as Guest Faculty at Princeton University as well as The Juilliard School, NYU/Tisch, Virginia Commonwealth University, Keene State University, and Marymount Manhattan, among others.
Fascinated by collaborating with living composers, Weare has commissioned original scores and her company has performed live with extraordinary musicians such as NY-based composer Katie Down; Michel Galante and NYC’s Argento Chamber Ensemble; SF-based violinist David Ryther; SF-based old time band The Crooked Jades (Jeff Kazor & Lisa Berman); composer Barbara White of Princeton University; Brooklyn-based indie band One Ring Zero (Michael Hearst & Joshua Camp); electroacoustic cellist/composer Christopher Lancaster; and saxophonist/composer/producer Curtis Macdonald.