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Joanna Kotze

Brooklyn, NY            

Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher who has been part of the New York dance community since 1998. She was awarded the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. 

Her choreography has been presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Velocity Dance Center, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, American Dance Institute (ADI), Bard College’s Fisher Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at Judson Church, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y, WAXworks, Lu Magnus gallery, Soho20 gallery, Show Room Gowanus gallery, Industry City and the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (WI).

Joanna has had commissions to create new works on Gibney Dance Company (NYC), Toronto Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury (Salt Lake City), Zenon Dance (Minneapolis), and the James Sewell Ballet (Minneapolis). She has also created original works on students at Barnard College, Eugene Lang College (The New School), Purchase College, Long Island University, Ohio University, Southern Utah University and Miami University (OH).

She has had two recent residencies at The Bogliasco Foundation where she was the inaugural Van Cleef and Arpels Fellow, and The Yard (Bessie Shönberg Fellowship). She is a recipient of two Process Space residencies through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and was a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has had residencies at Milvus Artistic Research Center (Sweden), Jacob’s Pillow, Bennington College, Sedona Arts Center, Marble House, The Camargo Foundation (France), The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Djerassi, Gibney Dance Center (boo-koo residency), and Mt. Tremper Arts. Joanna was a 2012 Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab and has participated in Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot, a web-based solo performance relay.

Joanna danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010, performing throughout New York City (including twice at BAM’s Next Wave Festival) the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. She is currently dancing for Kimberly Bartosik/daela, and Kota Yamazaki and has worked with Stacy Spence, Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop and others.

Joanna is on teaching faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance. She has taught at Barnard College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts, Long Island University, Southern Utah University, Ohio University, Miami University Ohio, Salt Dance Fest and the American Dance Festival. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University. www.joannakotze.com

FIND YOURSELF HERE (4-minute excerpt)

FIND YOURSELF HERE is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between three dancers, three visual artists and a composer using movement as a potent form of communication across disciplines. The performers and the composer, who mixes live for each performance, use movement and sound as dynamic, immediate forms of dialogue between bodies and disciplines, highlighting the boundaries and shared concerns of visual art, music and performance and the forums for presenting each. Composer: Ryan Seaton

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Premiere: Danspace Project May 30 – June 1, 2013, IT HAPPENED IT HAD HAPPENED IT IS HAPPENING IT WILL HAPPEN is a trio that confronts the seductiveness of classifying, ordering, and structuring, while attempting to hold onto the character of the unnameable, vulnerable, and imaginable. The sound of silence alternates with distant music, each acting as a backdrop for stomping, clapping, slapping, and breathing bodies. The audience sits on three sides, simultaneously containing the space, the dancers and themselves. Composer: Dave Ruder

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