K.J. Holmes

K.J. Holmes

K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, poet, actor and director based in Brooklyn, New York. Holmes’ training began as a child with ballet, modern dance and musical theater as well as judo and fencing. This blend of approaches to movement was a basis for her eclectic and non-traditional search for means of expression and art making. Her studies of Ideo-kinesis at the New School for Social Research and then with Andre Bernard in New York City from 1980 - 83 led her to improvisation and new dance techniques that were being explored there at that time. Holmes has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational practices. She continues to push out into new frontiers of dance and theater with her love of research and experience.

K.J.’s performance work has been presented in New York City at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Place, 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 and the Joyce Soho. She presented her new piece This is where we are (or take arms against a sea of troubles) at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, N.Y. in March 2011.

K.J. is a graduate of the 2 year Sanford Meisner acting training at the William Esper Studio in New York City (2009), a certified yoga teacher (2007), and a graduate of The School for Body-Mind Centering, BMC tm (1999). As a sought after teacher of contact improvisation, somatic approaches to dance, theater and voice, composition and other improvisational devices, her teaching is also informed by Authentic Movement, Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques, Ideo-kinesis, Tuning Scores of Lisa Nelson, Martial dance, world vocal studies, writing from the body, and contemporary and traditional dance and theater.

K.J. has been an adjunct professor at New York Univeristy/Experimental Theatre Wing since 2001 and has been teaching through Movement Research (www.movementresearch.org) for over 20 years. She has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration and offers private movement tutoring and yoga sessions. She travels throughout the world teaching, performing and directing at universities, festivals and venues that range from theaters to site specific public spaces to living rooms. She makes solos, duets and ensemble pieces that push the edge of dance and theater. Her commitment to the collaboration between dance and music continues to inform her art making, and she has worked alongside many brilliant dancers, musicians, vocalists, poets including trumpeter Dave Douglas, vocalist Lisa Sokolov, poet Julie Carr and dancer Steve Paxton, as well as being a performer in works of such singular artists as Ann Bogart, Ann Carlson, Allyson Green, Meg Stuart and Cathy Weis, among many others.

K.J. is currently developing and performing a new dance piece under the direction of choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People which will premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in September 2012. She is also co-curating, with dancer/yogi Sondra Loring, the Movement Research Festival Fall 2011, the 20th year celebration of what began as Improvisation Festival/NY, which will take place at the Judson Church, Danspace Project and other venues in New York City this November.

K.J. Holmes has been collaborating with Julie Carr on dance and poetry for over twenty years. Their recent collaboration in K.J.'s piece This is where we are (or take arms against a sea of troubles) will be performed as an excerpt at the Poetry Off The Page symposium at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in May 2011.


Photograph by Ryutaro Mishima
Arizona Board of Regents