LONG DISTANCE DANCE DIALOGUES is a series of exchanges between Joanna Kotze and 12 dancers/choreographers around the world and throughout the United States between January–December 2021. Each exchange begins with a video interview that will be archived online and shared with the public once a month beginning in March 2021. The discussion is followed by sharing 1 minute or less of movement, as a relay, from one dancer to the next, linking us together through the making, learning and documenting of dance. Each relay of movement will also be archived and shared online in its intentionally raw, unpolished form, once a month. At the end of the year, a film bringing together all parts of the relay will be shared as a record of the project.
I often take for granted how deeply connected I feel to other dancers and choreographers who I’ve worked with and known for many years. I wanted to take a step back and look at how those connections are made and strengthened over time, especially after realizing just how important this community is to my personal resiliency and that of the world when going through the health, economic, and social crises of 2020. Through the sharing of personal experiences and movement with each other and with you, I hope we can celebrate our different bodies, choices and experiences and continue to care and show up for each other in the future. With this project I am starting near the beginning with people I have a connection to but want to get to know better. I am excited to see what happens next!
– Joanna Kotze
Exchange #1 with
Omagbitse Omagbemi (Berlin, Germany)
Exchange #2 with
Liyabuya Gongo (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Exchange #3 with
Stuart Shugg (New South Wales, Australia)
are available for viewing!
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About Joanna Kotze:
Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer, and educator who has been part of the New York dance community since 1998. She creates highly physical dance performances through a collaborative, multi-disciplinary process, presenting ways to look at work, humor, violence, unpredictability, and beauty through movement. Joanna received the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer, and her evening-length work, What will we be like when we get there, was nominated for a 2018 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Music Composition and Sound Design by collaborator Ryan Seaton. Her work has been supported by New Music USA, the Jerome, Mertz-Gilmore, and Harkness Foundations, as well as NYFA BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Her choreography has been presented at The Yard, Bates Dance Festival, Stonington Opera House, New York Live Arts, The Wexner Center, Velocity Dance Center, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, American Dance Institute, Bard College, Industry City, Show Room Gowanus, Lu Magnus gallery, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Dance New Amsterdam, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y, WAXworks, Soho20 gallery, and Movement Research at the Judson Church.
Joanna has upcoming residency support in 2021 from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University and the Alan M. Kriegsmann Creative Residency at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. She has had residencies at Dance Program Malmö (Sweden), Loghaven (Tennessee), The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), New York Live Arts, Exploring the Metropolis (NYC), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), The 92nd Street Y (NYC), Milvus Artistic Research Center (Sweden), Jacob’s Pillow (Massachusetts), Bennington College (Vermont), Sedona Arts Center (Arizona), Marble House Project (Vermont), The Camargo Foundation (France), Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), and Djerassi (California). She has had commissions to create new works on Gibney Dance Company (NYC), Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto), Ririe-Woodbury (Salt Lake City), Zenon Dance (Minneapolis), and the James Sewell Ballet (Minneapolis) and has created original works on students at Barnard, The New School, Purchase, Long Island University, Ohio University, Southern Utah University, and Miami University.
Joanna danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and again in 2018. She currently dances for Kimberly Bartosik/daela (2009-present), and has worked with Kota Yamazaki, Stacy Spence, Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop, and others.
Joanna has served on panels for New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks, The Bogliasco Foundation, New Music USA, Marble House, and Dance New Amsterdam and has curated performances for the 92nd Street Y and Sundays on Broadway. She is on faculty at Movement Research and has taught at Amherst College, Melbourne University, Toronto Dance Theatre, Gibney Dance, Sarah Lawrence College, Barnard College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The New School, LIU, Southern Utah University, Ohio University, Miami University, Salt Dance Fest, and the American Dance Festival. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University.
Photo: Maria Baranova
This project is commissioned in part by the American Dance Festival.