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Kate Weare Company in Residence at HWS

Kate_Weare_Dance_2Acclaimed New York contemporary dance group, Kate Weare Company, returned to Hobart and William Smith for a dance residency at the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.

Known for its startling combination of visually stunning and formally crafted choreography and the fiercely emotional movement vocabulary Weare creates, the March residency took place from March 17-22.

“Kate Weare is one of the most compelling artistic voices I have seen,” says Professor and Chair of Dance Cynthia Williams who has followed Weare’s work attentively since 2006. “Her choreography has a haunting, visceral and profoundly moving effect on the viewer; a sharp brilliance that takes one’s breath away. Weare’s dancers are phenomenal, and the choreography sets them in relationship with each other in ways that are alternately tender and fierce, compassionate and provocative.”

Several events were planned during the company’s HWS residence at the Gearan Center:

  • Sunday, March 19 at 5 p.m. in Studio 104: Geneva community members observed Weare at work in the informal studio setting. Weare held an open rehearsal with two dancers to make visible her creative process as she works on a new piece.
  • Monday, March 20, 10:10 to 11:40 a.m. in Deming Theatre: A master class in “Modern Dance Technique.”
  • Tuesday, March 21, 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Studio 104: Weare and dancers offered a partnering class.
  • Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Deming Theatre: The residency concluded with a full performance of “Marksman.” The performance was followed by an artist-audience talk-back session in Deming Theatre.

Kate_Weare_Dance_1In describing the company’s newest piece, “Marksman,” which premiered at The Joyce Theater in New York City, where it was well received, Weare says: “Exploring weight and energy is intrinsic to dance, but in ‘Marksman,’ I allowed myself to explore the interstices, the spaces between what forms and what reacts. I was driven by a feeling that we are always forming while being formed, playing while being played, aiming while being aimed. As human beings we practice willfulness and seek control, but nature pours through us still, seeking its own balance.”

The Kate Weare Company residency was supported by grants from the New York State DanceForce, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Dance Department.

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