Peter Kyle Dance is a New York City based contemporary dance company founded in 2006 to further the art of dance and all the arts through collaboration. Creating innovative performances, education and outreach programs the company celebrates a fundamental belief in the power of the imagination and the beauty of humans in motion. In the short time since its formal launch at the historic Abrons Arts Center / Henry Street Settlement, Peter Kyle Dance has performed at venues throughout New York City including Joyce SoHo, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, One Arm Red, DNA, Symphony Space, Chez Bushwick, and Triskelion Arts among others. The company has also performed and/or conducted creative and teaching residencies, often at colleges and universities, across the United States and internationally in Scotland, Poland, the Netherlands, Norway, and China. The company’s superlative dancing and rousing, innovative choreography appeals to seasoned audiences as well as to those who are brand new to the art form. Artistic Director Peter Kyle’s choreography has been called “vibrantly rich” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), “proficient and engaging” (Las Vegas Weekly), and “beautifully choreographed” (Time Out New York). He has received numerous awards from Concours Internationale de Danse de Paris, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Washington State Arts Commission and the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, among others. Forging new collaborative territory with creative partners in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, sound design, digital and video art, the company has quickly become a vibrant new voice in the international dance and performance community.
Peter Kyle is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Peter Kyle Dance, which he founded in 2006. His critically acclaimed choreography has been commissioned/performed across the United States and internationally in Scotland, Norway, Germany, Cyprus and China. In New York City his company has performed at One Arm Red, Abrons Arts Center, Chez Bushwick, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, DNA, 3LD Art & Technology Center and the 92nd Street Y, among others. Kyle toured as a soloist with Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance between 1992-1999, and has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Gina Gibney Dance, Works/Laura Glenn Dance and P3/east, among others. He teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, Sarah Lawrence College, HB Studio, in the Nikolais/Louis Summer Dance Intensive, and conducts residencies and workshops internationally. His ongoing Tiny Dance Film Series (www.tinydancefilms.com) has been installed internationally since 2006, most recently during a 2010 tour to Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangzhou, China.
For more information go to www.peterkyledance.org
Knowone (2010) is an evening-length work (60 minutes) for seven dancers with live music by Michael Bellar and the As-Is Ensemble, marble sculpture and video animation by German artists Venske & Spänle.
Nearer (2007) is a 20-minute quartet with live percussion and keyboard score by Brad Wentworth.
Four Solos on the Divide (2007) is a 23-minute quartet in three sections, inspired by Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! with electronic sound design composed by James Bigbee Garver.
Near-Far (2006), a 6-minute duet with live percussion score by Brad Wentworth.
Chamber Dance No.1 (2008), an 8-minute solo with live electronic sound design by James Bigbee Garver.
Yepikhodov’s Dance (or Twhenty-Two Disasters) (2005) is a 5-minute solo set to music by Donizetti.
Return: In Parts (1993) is a 15-minute solo with live vocal score by Peter Kyle (sometimes performed as a duet or trio).
Lune (2003), a 30-minute solo – choreographic musings on the geometry of the sphere, with live music by cellist Lori Goldston.
Frail Demons (1984/2006) is a 14-minute solo by Murray Louis with original score by Alwin Nikolais, revived by Peter Kyle and Murray Louis in 2006.
Polyphony (2008) is a 16-minute group dance in three sections with music by Chopin, Lauridsen and additional rhythmic score by Peter Kyle (12-16 performers, can include dancers from host institution/community).
In 5… and 7 (2006) is a 14-minute sextet in three movements with music by Richard Huntley & Nikolaj Hess .
Our programs include master classes, lecture-demonstrations and workshops for dancers, actors, performers, or for any other kind of student, regardless of skill level or age. Drawing on more than fifteen years of teaching experience, Peter Kyle and his company are willing partners with schools, presenters, museums, artists, arts service organizations, companies, and individuals in the design of outreach projects and concept-oriented curricular initiatives tailored to meet the specific needs of each population. Particular emphasis is placed on drawing connections between disciplines so as to expand appreciation and understanding between the arts and other areas of study.
Contemporary Dance Technique – expanding on the teachings of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis this class offers tools for the technical and creative exploration of the body in motion with particular attention paid to increasing efficiency, functional alignment, balance, and expressive range in performance. Class includes floor work, center work, and dynamic locomotion in space. Emphasis is on applying fresh perspective to facilitate individual development and continued exploration of technical and creative concepts.
Improvisation – drawing on the teachings of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis this class provides students with skills for unleashing creative potential through invention and exploration of movement concepts that are designed to increase physical intelligence and expressive versatility. Concepts explored include time, space, shape, motion and dynamics. Initial focus on basic principles of immediacy, decentralization, and totality facilitate growth toward more elaborate improvisational scenarios. Students will work individually, in duos and as a group to develop sensitivity and responsiveness within a broad range of creative work.
Slow Tempo – based on the work of noted Japanese theater director Shogo Ohta, Slow Tempo is a slow movement practice that emphasizes the moment-to-moment fact of one’s “being here.” Through this work students develop improved concentration, sensitivity to the totality of thought and motion, and greater impact in performance. Each class begins with a thorough, full-bodied warm up, followed by exercises that address technical challenges of moving slowly, including balance, focus, and efficiency. Structured improvisations allow for free exploration of the aesthetic principles of moving in extreme slowness, where Ohta believed “we find fresh expression to defamiliarize our daily experience – to look again.”
Contemporary Partnering Skills – this class addresses elements of partnering (including counterbalancing, weight exchange, lifting and ensemble work) with the knowledge that by understanding basic laws of physics and biomechanics anyone can be a successful and dependable partner in dance and other forms of performance
Composition – this class focuses on helping the individual develop a personal practice for exploring possibilities in choreographic structure and form during the creation of new dances
|SEP 28-OCT 1
Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
|JAN 8, 2012||Pentacle’s Gallery Showcase
The Theater at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
120 West 46th St (bet 6th and 7th Aves)
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Peter Kyle Dance: 9:48 pm