Kate Watson-Wallace

2007 Pew Fellow

Kate Watson-Wallace, 2007 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.

“There’s all this cool stuff that I can do in these spaces that becomes more interesting, because [I] have extra surfaces to work against, all these physical restrictions.”

A 2007 Pew Fellow, Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer and visual artist, and the co-director of anonymous bodies. Described by Philadelphia Weekly as someone who “busts apart classic audience-performer dynamics by framing the action up close […] and bringing art to audiences in common spaces,” Watson-Wallace is known for her small, site-specific works such as House and Car, taking her audiences on intimate, human-scaled journeys. She bucked this trend with her recent Center-supported projects, which focus on online contests, audiences and movement trends. House had a sold-out run at the 2006 FringeArts Festival, followed by a glowing New York Times review.

Watson-Wallace has participated locally in Satores (Bulgaria) Lab/Exchange; Artists U; Dance Theater Camp; and nationally in Glenwood Springs Dance Festival, CO. As a performer, she has danced as part of Jane Comfort and Company, New York; Group Motion, Philadelphia; and Carol Brown, Philadelphia and London, England. In 2006, Watson-Wallace was honored with two professional development grants from Dance Advance and a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council of Arts. She has served as choreographer-in-residence at Susan Hess Modern Dance and performed as a dancer with Headlong Dance Theater.

References

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