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Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part

Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part is a new work by choreographer Kathy Westwater that explores pain and the body, including the pain of others.

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Posted on January 22, 2020 by Kathy Westwater

If you didn’t get to see the reprisal, here’s our trailer… the next best thing.

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Thanks for coming

Posted on January 22, 2020 by Kathy Westwater

It was such an amazing opportunity to reprise portions of Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part at the Live Artery Series at New York Live Arts last week. Sold out houses, no less! THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME


Bessies Awards Ceremony Tickets Now Available

Posted on August 16, 2019 by Kathy Westwater


NY DANCE AND PERFORMANCE AWARDS: THE BESSIES 2019 takes place on October 14 at 7:30pm at NYU Skirball. Tickets to the Bessies are now available. Go here to purchase https://tickets.nyu.edu/10398/10399?

Bessie Nominees

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Kathy Westwater

Honored that Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part is among so many works I admire. Here’s the entire list of this year’s Bessies nominees: http://bessies.org/2019-nominees/

See you at the ceremony in October!!

Music of Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part receives 2019 Bessie Nomination

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Kathy Westwater

…kind of blurry but the nominating citation for outstanding sound design/musical composition reads: “Joseph Kubera and Adam Tendler for interpretation of music of Julius Eastman and M. Lamar for original composition inspired by Eastman for Rambler, Worlds World A Part by Kathy Westwater at New York Live Arts”. So very proud and grateful. Congratulations and thanks to these three magnificent artists of Rambler, and to all who made it—Joseph, Adam, and Lamar M Lamar , and also Ilona Bito, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Alex Romania, Rakia Seaborn, Paul Singh, Stacy Lynn Smith, Melanie George, Roderick Murray, Jae Lee, and especially Julius Eastman. And thank you Bessies Selection and Steering Committees.


In her latest evening-length work, Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part, Kathy Westwater, “an unconventional choreographer now experiencing a surge of recognition” (The New Yorker), explores pain and the body, including the pain of others. Having begun this exploration 20+ years ago, in this latest investigation Westwater invites dance artists in the work to consider their personal experiences of pain and trauma. While contemplating if it is possible to fully express the experience of one’s own pain — and its opposite, bliss — or to fully grasp that of others, the cast of dancers responds to and celebrates the profound music of post-minimalist composer Julius Eastman.

Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part is commissioned by Lumberyard, co-presented by Lumberyard and New York Live Arts, and premiered at New York Live Arts (NYLA) February 14, 15 & 16, 2019.

Rambler, … features dancers Ilona Bito, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Rakia Seaborn, Paul Singh, Stacy Lynn Smith, Alex Romania, and Westwater. It also features live piano by Joseph Kubera, a longtime collaborator of Julius Eastman—as well as of Merce Cunningham and other iconic experimental artists—and the “exuberantly expressive” (Los Angeles TimesAdam Tendler, plus a special appearance by musician and composer M. Lamar, playing an original composition in tribute to Eastman with his characteristic “visionary verve” (New York Times). Lamar’s work crosses opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becomings. As a contemporary composer, the aesthetics and concerns of Julius Eastman – a black, queer, avant-garde artist – are central to Lamar’s work as well. Additional collaborating artists are architect Seung Jae Lee as set designer, lighting designer Roderick Murray, and dramaturg Melanie George.

With Ramber… Westwater and her collaborators illuminate the subtle and intangible as well as the pronounced and visible demarcations within and between worlds.

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Kathy Westwater, 2017 recipient of the Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, is a New York-based choreographer who has pursued experimental dance forms as a dancer and choreographer since 1985. Described by Dance Magazine as “bloodless and fascinating” and by The Brooklyn Rail as “at the limits of the human,” her work responds to the…


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