Artist Statement (Dance Maker)

current as of April 18, 2022 @ 7:57 AM EST

 

Katherine Desimine makes experimental dance, with elements of song, voice, theatre, comedy, and performance art. She enjoys working collaboratively  and non-hierarchically. This means she isn’t a “choreographer” or “director” of work, but a facilitator and co-collaborator.

 

Katherine thinks of herself as a child scientist; exploring and playing are intrinsic parts of her making. She is interested in how process connects to subject matter, and in connection between content and form. She loves touch and partnering, and works with these elements often. She develops practices that prepare collaborators for performance. While preparing for performance is important, visible effort, mess ups, and honesty are also some of Katherine’s deep interests. She encourages her collaborators to find looseness, freedom, and joy, both in process and performance.

Past Artist Statements, archive

Projects

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Dance/sing (working title)

In collaboration with Rodney Murray, Tori Breen, Lilly McGonigle, Maddy Mikami, and Katherine Desimine AKA Darling Performance Group

Premiering in September 2022 at Cannonball Festival, Philly

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folded in synchronicity

Choreographed collaboratively by Katherine Desimine and Sydney Donovan

Premiered August 2019 at KYL/D's InHale performance series, Philly

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An Ornate Hiding Place

Facilitated by Katherine Desimine

Premiered November 2018 as part of The University of the Arts School of Dance Festival of Senior Works

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HAPPY HEALING OR SECRET EYE CONTACT LANGUAGE OR PUSH + PULL ATTENTIVENESS OR...

Facilitated by Katherine Desimine

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