Kate Weare Company : My First Show at Dance Theater Workshop

My First Show at Dance Theater Workshop

12/16/2014


The first time I caught a break in New York was in 2003 when Craig Peterson saw me dance a solo I’d just made called Approach and Retreat at WAX in Williamsburg. He came up afterwards to talk about an opportunity to show my work at Dance Theater Workshop. A newbie to the city, I impulsively hugged him when I realized what he meant! He invited me to his office the next day and I remember being terribly nervous, scared actually, to go meet with him. But he offered me a fully produced half-evening (shared with Karl Anderson) in 2004 with a commission fee, and I thought, “This is it! I've made it, I'm being presented at DTW!!!”

In that early meeting, Craig warned me not to relax at this point - that I needed to work to promote this opportunity to presenters, and while it was a first step, there was still a long road ahead. He wanted me to know that I’d be responsible for getting influential people in the door, and that, ultimately, everything depended on that. I think he recognized that I didn't have a clue about the scene, and he was right. I didn’t have the foggiest idea how to pursue his advice!

After that series of performances, Cathy Edwards offered me a split-bill at DTW again (shared with Ivy Baldwin) for 2006. It was then I formed the first iteration of a dance company (though I wasn’t yet aware I was doing it) to create a 50-minute quintet called Wet Road. I had three marvelous dancer/friends on board committed to undertake the research I was obsessed with.

Wet Road by Kate Weare Company

Painstakingly and with no small amount of shame, I wrote my first fundraising letter to friends and family. I was thrilled to raise $7,000 along with so much genuine encouragement. I will always be so grateful for my first wave of supporters - they launched my first and fragile stepping-out-dreaming-big moment!

Consequently, Wet Road cost $7,000 which was a vast fortune to me then. I was in night school at Swedish Insititute for massage and working during the day in the wonderful Stephen Petronio's office as an administrative assistant. I’m really not sure when we managed to fit in all those endless rehearsals - maybe weekends? It’s a beautiful thing to look back and see what can be accomplished when you don’t know any better.


Kate Weare Company is celebrating its 10 year anniversary, February 19-22, 2015. Our BAM performance season will feature past favorites as well as the world premiere of Kate's Unstruck. Learn more and buy tickets at bam.org/kateweareco10 

Photos of Wet Road by Schreiber
Dancers: Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Adrian Clark, Leslie Kraus, Jason Marchant






2007: Drop Down, Intimacy is Hard Work

12/16/2014

2007: Drop Down, Whittling Movement Down to Its Essence

12/16/2014

2006: Wet Road

12/16/2014

2007: Drop Down, The Psychology of the Individual

12/16/2014

2006: Wet Road at Dance Theater Workshop

12/16/2014

Juilliard School Dance Division In The News

12/16/2014

Announcing our Fall 2014 NEA Art Works Grant

12/16/2014

Just Awarded Touring Grant by New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project

12/16/2014

Choreographing for Juilliard Dance Division's New Dances: Edition 2014

12/16/2014

Kate Weare Receives The Joyce Theater's 2014 Creative Artist Residency

12/16/2014

Inside the Evelyn Sharp CalArts 2014 Summer Choreographic Residency

12/16/2014

Back in the Studio at CalArts

12/16/2014

Kate Weare Company Inaugural BAM Fisher Artist-In-Residence

12/16/2014

Kate Weare Company and The Crooked Jades bring you the Bright Land Album

12/16/2014

Scottish Dance Theatre Performs Kate Weare's
Lay Me Down Safe at American Dance Festival
June 22-23, 2012

12/16/2014

Kate Weare Company Welcomes Dancer, T.J. Spaur

12/16/2014

An Extraordinary Partnership

12/16/2014

Kate Weare Company Welcomes New Dancer Luke Murphy

12/16/2014

Kate Weare Company Welcomes New Dancer Bergen Wheeler

12/16/2014

Kate Weare Company says a fond farewell and thank you to Adrian Clark, founding dancer and rehearsal director

12/16/2014