Choreographer: Kim T Davis
Artist Statement/Philosophy/Mission Statement:
I believe in the process of creating in a space with other artists that I have grown to trust over the years that have a powerful connection to me as a person. Authentic and true to my own emotional intentions abstract or other brave through my work with integrity. Utmost to the process is the repect for the individual dancer who sacrifices and gives unconditionally to the process…I treasure this exchange! This exchange partnered with my desire to create is a gift that I am honored to give and receive with such humility.
Short Artist/Company Bio:
Kim T. Davis is an artist who continually seeks to bridge the daily chaos that has potential to hinder the artist and the timeless journey that a vision needs to be nurtured, embodied, and shared. Ms. Davis’ interest of artistic vision has always been founded on the respect of the individual dancer’s growth and value that can be brought to any given new work. KTdavisdance was established in New York in 1994 with a group of professional dancers’ who all had a great respect for one another as people and artist who believed in the work that Kim T. Davis was creating. The company performed throughout New York City with other working artist such as Arthur Aviles (Bill T.Jones), Lucia Horn (Nicholas Leicther Dance), and JoAnna MendleShaw. In 1995 as a “Young Choreographer” Kim premiered a new work at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Most recently the company has spent the last 10 years creating work in San Jose and Modesto California. This past summer KTdavisdance completed a 3 week residency at San Jose State University specifically creating new work for the SB-Adapt Festival. Ms. Davis received her BA in Dance from UCSB and MA in Dance from CSULB. Ms. Davis is also a dance educator who advocates for the student in training. Currently Ms. Davis is a Professor of Dance at Modesto Junior College. Ms. Davis teaches throughout California as a member of the San Francisco Dance Alliance and a member of the American College Dance Festival Association. Kim has taught at ACDF at Arizona State, Sacramento State, San Francisco State and the University of Maine.
Describe some of your achievements over the course of the last five years:
Kim T. Davis has been invited to as a guest instructor at San Francisco Dance Center to work with the “Lines Training Program” students. KTdavisdance has performed over the past 5 years at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco for the “Vision Series Dance Festival”. Guest Artist in residence at Cypress College, University of the Pacific, Central West Ballet 1996 and 1999, Adage School of Performing Arts 1999-2005, Choreo Projects Festival at San Jose State, Eveoke Dance Festival San Diego, UCSB Student Company Guest Choreographer(1994 and 1998), Resident MJC “Off-Balance” Dance Company Choreographer and Co-Director.
What do you hope to gain from the experience of participating in this festival?
I hope to gain an insight to a new perspective of artistry, a different way of envisioning the craft of choreography. I believe a festival such as this that embraces dance and physical theater has the potential to provide a professional platform for each artist to bring to the table an authentic view filled with integrity, passion and strength. Possibilities of expanding upon many different threads of ideas only refresh and rebirth our own internal voice and journey.
Have you participated in other festivals or showcases?
If so – what were elements you enjoyed and what areas do you think could have been improved on?
I very much enjoy the diversity of artistic aesthetic and vision that can be experienced by attending a festival. I greatly desire a professional exchange that is able to take place between those artists’ that are performing for the community. I have found that dance festivals that don’t establish time and space for all gathering participating artist to have a verbal exchange have left me unfulfilled.
What Kim will be bringing to the Festival
Number of performers: 6
Brief Description of the Work: Unraveling of an experience between a community of people who have a past of ever changing relationships.