photo by Steven Schrieber
I am curious about the body and its desires. To me, dance is a fluid vessel to explore ideas about evolving identities, aesthetics, and ideologies. Collaborations with artists from different disciplines and perspectives combine to create movement narratives that are layered and unruly. As a dance-maker, I want to disrupt binary logic -- drawing on discordant sounds and physical imagery to celebrate queer ideals in excess, multiplicity, empathy, and compassion.
Kevin Williamson is a dance artist and teacher from Los Angeles. He received his BA and MFA in Choreography from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. His interdisciplinary works explore social issues through movement, media, text, and music. As artistic director of KDub Dance from 2008 to 2013, he was awarded grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation (Durfee), residencies from UCLA, and was the recipient of a Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for his debut concert Fruit. His theater-dances have been presented at Danspace Project, REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival, CounterPULSE, Austin’s OUTsider Festival at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre, LA County Museum of Art, Diversionary Theatre San Diego, Highways Performance Space, Diavolo Performance Space, and the Beijing Dance Festival. He has also created original dances for LA Contemporary Dance Company, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles Movement Arts, and American Musical & Dramatic Academy. Kevin recently became a Center Theatre Group Sherwood Award Finalist, PAM Residency and Pennington Space Grant awardee, and received support from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts for his newest evening length solo Still or I've Been Choreographed.
Kevin also creates movement for opera and theatre. Working with director Peter Kazaras, he has created original choreography for productions L'enfant et les Sortileges, I Due Figaro, Down in the Valley, Lucrezia, and Bastianello for UCLA Opera, Cendrillon for the Juilliard School, and Le Nozze di Figaro for Washington National Opera. Collaborating with director Jackson Gay, he co-choreographed Sheila Callaghan's Elevada for Yale Repertory Theatre and Rolin Jones' These Paper Bullets for the Geffen Playhouse and Atlantic Theater Company. Recently he co-choreographed and performed in Elise Kermani’s Iphigenia: Book of Change, a performance project and film fusing literature, puppetry, theater, dance, video art, and music. Kevin has performed and collaborated with distinguished artists and companies including David Rousseve/REALITY, Maria Gillespie's Oni Dance, Kate Hutter and LA Conteporary Dance Company, David Gordon's PickUpPerformance, Julie Taymor and Angelin Preljocaj for LA Opera, Robert Moses's Kin, Stephan Koplowitz, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Kate Hutter, Scott Benzel, Sebastian Prantl, Patricia Noworol, Ryan Heffington, Fatima Robinson, and David Bridel. Recently, he was a soloist in the LA Philharmonic's epic production of Leonard Bernsteins's MASS at Walt Disney Concert Hall, choreographed by Laurel Tentindo and directed by Elkhanna Pulitzer.
Kevin has taught master classes at Jacob's Pillow, CalArts, UW-Milwaukee, UIChampaign|Urbana, Montclair State, and Contemporary Dance Theater-Cincinatti and was previously a lecturer at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. Currently, Williamson is a full time faculty member in the Scripps College Dance Department and member of the theater and television collective New Neighborhood. Kevin is also a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst.