KDNY creates rich theatrical experiences that celebrate, through craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor and beauty, the deep and powerful imagery of women. Based in New York, the all-female company led by Kathleen Dyer, has been described as “clean and sharp, sleek and stoic. a thrill to watch.” (Dance Magazine) At times athletic or vulnerable, graceful and empowered, Dyer’s dynamic choreography takes inspiration from the potent stories of women from the historically significant to the everyday encounters. Through a fusion of technical virtuosity and idiosyncrasy, the multifaceted nature of the female spirit is vigorously unearthed.
Since 1997, KDNY has performed a vast repertory of works that combine live original music with a movement vocabulary that is charged with athleticism and grace. In addition to annual New York seasons, KDNY has toured to Illinois; Connecticut; Washington, DC; Texas; and Canada. The company has also performed in popular festivals including the NY International Fringe Festival, Joyce SoHo Presents, DanceNow, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Kathleen Dyer, Artistic Director, has had her works presented in many US venues including Dance Place in Washington, DC, the State Theater in Austin, TX and internationally at the fFida Festival in Toronto, Canada and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Ms. Dyer is originally from Alabama and received a BA in Dance from Florida State University. She danced as a member of the Nikolais/Louis Dance Company while pursuing her own choreography and founded KDNY in 1997. Ms. Dyer has received several artistic awards including an Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. She has taught master classes and repertory workshops in Washington, DC, Texas, Virginia, and Connecticut and has had her works staged on the Huntsville Ballet and Moving Current Dance Collective.
“KDNY offered wit and substance…Attending Kinneely was certainly quirky… they gathered in formation with big sweeping movements. Complex and layered images erupted at surprising moments.”
- Margaret Putnam, Dallas Morning News
For more information about the company, visit: http://www.kdnydance.com/
Navigating the Hallway, a seventy-minute, site-specific dramedy that captures the exhilarating pace and proximity of urban living through a collision of live and projected high-energy dance. This group work for five dancers uses a set of area rugs to represent ‘rooms’ of those living in close proximity, though isolated by their adjoining walls. Performed to an explosive percussion score by PJ Merola, Navigating the Hallway explores the interactions, questions, and inspirations that can occur while sharing small spaces.
Going Program - All of us recognize that we are mostly going. While we may not know the path or always reach our intended destinations, no one misses the fact that our lives are spent going. In a repertory evening of four group pieces, KDNY celebrates the most important and engaging elements, our relationships and our journey. This repertory program includes three works to original scores composed by Juilliard Alumna, Cristina Evergreen, From, and Wide Asleep, and Formula with music by Zoe Keating.
For more information about the repertory KDNY is currently touring, including descriptions and video clips from Navigating the Hallway click here
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KDNY offers residency packages with master classes, repertory workshops and often opportunities for local dancers to perform as guest artists in a company work. Repertory and master classes are led by choreographer Kathleen Dyer and as many as four KDNY dancers. KDNY also provides educational outreach programs which include lecture-demonstrations and community focused workshops. KDNY is on the Artist Roster of Young Audiences of Connecticut and gives performances and workshops at K-12 schools throughout the state.
Examples of their youth education programs:
Daily Life in Art (Grades 3-12) Max: 250 students
What inspires a choreographer to make a new dance? How do they express a story or emotion through movement? Many things in our daily lives can inspire a dance: where we live, people we know, places we have been, music we hear, images that we see. KDNY’s “Daily Life in Art” program introduces live modern dance as a means of self-expression and discusses how daily life influenced the creation of the rooms and characters of Navigating the Hallway and paintings and movement in nature inspired Blade of Grass.
Navigating the Hallway –”What’s your room like?” “Who are you?”
This workshop led by choreographer Kathleen Dyer and KDNY dancers builds on the concepts discussed during the performance program. With the idea that choreography can be developed from daily life, each of the groups’ movement gestures are put together into short phrases and then performed by the KDNY dancers at the end. In this exercise, we establish unique “rooms” created by the students through a community effort of cooperation and teamwork. (Maximum: 30 students per workshop).
Dance, Music, History and Social Sciences, Language Arts
KDNY Season in DC
The Kennedy Center
KDNY NY Season
Mew York Live Arts, New York, NY
|SEP 19, 2012||Pentacle/River City Artists Independent Showcase
Performing Arts Exchange Conference
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL
|OCT 1, 2012||Pentacle Gallery Showcase
Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York, NY
|JAN 13, 2013||Pentacle’s APAP Gallery Showcase
Ailey Studio 5B, 405 W. 55th Street @ 9th Ave., New York, NY
7:00 – 8:45 pm
KDNY: 7:36 pm
|MAY 2-4, 2013||KDNY 2013 Season
Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York, NY