KATE WEARE is recognized as a preeminent American choreographer whose dances are lucid, layered and visually sophisticated. Raised by a painter and a printmaker in Oakland, CA, Weare draws on visual art sources, language, poetry, contemporary music, psychology and nature in creating her work. Called by Dance Magazine,“the voice of the it’s complicated generation,” Weare celebrated her Company’s 10th anniversary season at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in the 2014⁄2015 season. Weare’s recent awards include: North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship (2018), Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund (2018), National Dance Project (2017); Aninstantia Foundation Award (2017); The DANCEworks Fellowship (2017); The Guggenheim Foundation, Fellowship (2014); White Bird Barney Creative Prize (2015); The Inaugural BAM Artist Residency (2013); The inaugural Evelyn Sharp Summer Artist-in-Residency at CalArts (2014); The Joyce Theater Mellon Foundation Awards (2011, 2015); The Princess Grace Fellowship in Choreography (2009). Weare’s 2016 work, Marksman, was co-commissioned by American Dance Festival and The Joyce Theater.
Companies worldwide have commissioned Weare to set work on their dancers, including Scottish Dance Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, The Limon Dance Company and The Juilliard School in New York, Cleveland’s Groundworks Dance Theater and ODC Dance⁄SF (where Weare is Resident Artist) in co-commission with White Bird’s Barney Creative Prize. Weare has acted as Guest Faculty at Princeton University, and taught in residence at The Juilliard School, NYU’s Summer Residency Program, Gibney Dance Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Keene State University, Marymount Manhattan, ODC’s Summer Program, among others.
Fascinated by collaboration, Weare has commissioned original scores from and performed live with many artists including composer Michel Galante of NY-based Argento Chamber Ensemble; the experimental violinist David Ryther; SF-based old time band The Crooked Jades (Jeff Kazor & Lisa Berman); opera composer Barbara White, Princeton University; Brooklyn-based indie band One Ring Zero (Michael Hearst & Joshua Camp); NYC electro-acoustic cellist/composer Christopher Lancaster; and Canadian jazz saxophonist and composer Curtis Robert Macdonald. Weare has collaborated with visual artists Kurt Perschke and Clifford Ross for set design in her dances: Lean-to (2009) Garden (2011) Dark Lark (2013) and Marksman (2016).