Kate Weare Company : Blog

The Making of Giant with San Francisco's ODC Dance


I bring a specific goal into the studio for commissions, generally some notion about how to advance my craft. But when I encounter a lively group of dancers, I instinctively zero in on them, listening to their voices in a dynamic conversation. I set up improvisational prompts to hunt for ideas, leads and chemistries. My process is based on experimenting and trust-building, which I love to do with dancers. Giant emerged from just this sort of investigative flux-and-flow. The individuals in the room help form meaning: how they shine through, what special qualities they offer, what energy rises when they move, or interact with each other.

In Giant, I was playing with ideas of heroism, singularity, power-play, grandiosity. Giant works with formal scale, and a scale of human will as well. There are motifs dealing with spatial issues: how huge does the space get, or the body itself, how tiny, bent or pressed? How do people contain or shape space, each other? Who gets to shape space? I use a lot of soloists in this piece, individuals pitted against a group, or groups pitted against each other.

Giant has a sort of comic-book structure; one character predominates, hero-like, and then another. I don’t hook the sections into any narrative but let them bump up against each other for texture and contrast. Each section explores human will, while my set & lighting designer, Matthew Antaky, frames the action in outsized visual scale - rendering humans tiny in a vast universe - whether or not we think we may be Giants.

2007: Drop Down, Whittling Movement Down to Its Essence


2007: Drop Down, Intimacy is Hard Work


2006: Wet Road


2007: Drop Down, The Psychology of the Individual


2006: Wet Road at Dance Theater Workshop


Juilliard School Dance Division In The News


My First Show at Dance Theater Workshop


Announcing our Fall 2014 NEA Art Works Grant


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


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


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


Inside the Evelyn Sharp CalArts 2014 Summer Choreographic Residency


Back in the Studio at CalArts


Kate Weare Company Inaugural BAM Fisher Artist-In-Residence


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


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


Kate Weare Company Welcomes Dancer, T.J. Spaur


An Extraordinary Partnership


Kate Weare Company Welcomes New Dancer Luke Murphy


Kate Weare Company Welcomes New Dancer Bergen Wheeler


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