Sam Kim: Other Animal – Danspace Project
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Sam Kim: Other Animal

Sam Kim. Photo courtesy the artist.

Thursday, October 31 at 8pm
Friday, November 1 at 8pm
Saturday, November 2 at 8pm

Sam Kim is an experimental choreographer, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn who has been making and performing in dances since the mid 1990s. Her work investigates and occupies the margins of dance while courting the danger inherent in rejecting dance’s legacies. Kim’s first Danspace Project commission, Valentine, was presented in 2002. With Other Animal, Kim incorporates media elements into a dance for the first time––animation by celebrated filmmaker Stacey Steers. Steers is an experimental filmmaker known for her labor-intensive animations. Both artists share a fascination with that which cannot be named, invoking abstraction to capture ineffable experience.

 

Created, performed, and directed by Sam Kim.
Animation by Stacey Steers.
Projection design by Chloe Alexandra Thompson.
Projection design consultation by Max Bernstein.
Lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann.

Sam Kim is an experimental choreographer, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn who has been making and performing in dances since the mid ‘90s.  Her work restlessly investigates and occupies the margins of dance while courting the danger inherent in rejecting dance’s legacies––in other words, her choreographic practice is a means of engaging in a personal game of brinkmanship.

Significant, commissioned works include Procession (Zenon Dance Company, 2018), Fear in Porcelain (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2016), Angle of Incidence (Zenon Dance Company, 2016), Sister to a Fiend (Gibney Dance, 2015), Some Kind of Derelict Telekinesis (Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts, 2014), Darling (PS122, 2009), dumb dumb bunny (The Kitchen, 2007), Cult (Dance Theater Workshop, 2007), AVATAR (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), Nobody Understands Me (Dance Theater Workshop, 2004), Placid Baby (PS122, 2003), and Valentine (Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002).  In addition to the upcoming premiere of Other Animal, she looks forward to the premiere of her project, The Fall, at The Chocolate Factory Theater in ’20/21.  Sam’s work has also been presented by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Galapagos Art and Performance Space, JACK and Movement Research, and nationally and internationally, by Highways Performance Space (LA), Studio 303 (Montréal), the Unknown Theater (LA) and Bryant Lake Bowl (Minneapolis), among many others.

Sam has been awarded grants, fellowships and residencies from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lucky Star Foundation, MAP Fund, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Swoon Art House, Ucross Foundation, Mount Tremper Arts, Yaddo, Bogliasco Foundation, Movement Research, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, MacDowell Colony and Brooklyn Arts Exchange, among others in support of her work.

Sam engages with and is responsive to the NYC experimental dance community through various leadership roles.  Sam has taught classes and workshops throughout LA, Minneapolis and NYC, and frequently serves as a panelist and adjudicator for numerous organizations, most recently for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Movement Research Artist in Residence program, The Bogliasco Fellowship and MAP Fund grant.  She also organized and moderated the feminist Movement Research Studies Project Band of Outsiders: WOMEN (2016).  Sam served on the board of Dance Theater Workshop (2006-2010) and was a member of the Artist Advisory Committee at PS122 (1999-2003).  She has also served as an artistic advisor to residency programs and individual choreographers.