Kate Weare Company is an New York-based contemporary dance company known for its startling combination of formal choreographic values and visceral, emotional interpretation. Weare’s dances explore contemporary views of intimacy, both tender and stark, by drawing on our most basic urges to move and decode movement. Established to showcase Artistic Director Kate Weare’s intimate, raw and intense choreography in 2005, the company celebrates its 10th Anniversary this 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of new work and restaging of select excerpts from the past decade.
The company’s working method stems from a close communion in the studio that mines the body’s innate capacity for truth-telling: our need for safety, our longing to connect, our desire to be seen, our irrepressible intelligence about who we are as individuals. Kate Weare cultivates the potent individuality of each of her dancers to unleash a chemistry onstage that is both heartfelt and seductive.
The company has been presented nationwide by Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, ODC Theater, ArtPower at UC San Diego, Ringling Museum of Art, Dance Celebration Philadelphia, Spring to Dance St. Louis, Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, among other venues and festivals. In New York, the company has been presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, Fall for Dance at New York City Center, The 92nd St. Y, Symphony Space, The Skirball Center, Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub, Dance Theater Workshop and Danspace Project. Company teaching residencies have included NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Long Island University, Marymount Manhattan College, Brockport College, Bates Dance Festival and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Kate Weare Company has also been supported through artistic residencies awarded by the Joyce Theater Foundation and Joyce SoHo Residency, BAM, Dance New Amsterdam’s A.I.R. Program and ODC Theater. The company has commissioned original music from One Ring Zero, Argento Chamber Ensemble and The Crooked Jades, and performed live with both Argento (Danspace) and The Crooked Jades (The Joyce Theater). Major support has been received through private foundations such as The Greenwall Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Manhattan Arts Community Fund, The Hellman Foundation, American Music Center Live Music for Dance, The O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, NYSCA, New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD and NEFA’s National Dance Project.
BAM first presented Weare’s work, Dark Lark, in Next Wave Festival, awarding Ms. Weare the inaugural Artist Residency at BAM Fisher in 2013. BAM also selected the company for its Professional Development Program, which aims to instruct arts organizations to implement better practices in development, marketing and more. The program culminates in Kate Weare Company’s 10th Anniversary Season at BAM in February 2015.