In her WinLab 2017 Artist Talk, K.J. Holmes shares from her background and current practice in dance and theatre, touching on themes as diverse as madness and the character of the fool, the pelvis, the endocrine system, and the ‘fine line’ between the performing and healing arts. She weaves the conversation with humour and insight, also sharing images and short film extracts from her work.
K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, poet, actor and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. K.J. has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational and somatic practices, collaborating with forerunners Simone Forti, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton. She continues to push into new frontiers of dance and theater with her love of research and experience. Her dance/theater pieces have been presented in NYC at the Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, Movement Research at the Judson Church, D.T.W., Dixon Place, University Settlement, Warren Street Performance Loft, The Present Company, The Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, the Joyce Soho and the Vision Jazz Festival, as well as nationally and internationally.
K.J. attended the certificate program of The School for Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (1995-1999); is a graduate of Satya Yoga, studying with yogi Sondra Loring (2007), the 2 year Sanford Meisner acting training at the Esper Studio NYC studying with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker (2009), and has an Ayurvedic certification training under the mentorship of Dr. Naina Marballi. The play between these studies is essential to her current practices.