While in residence, the company offered master classes in contemporary dance fusion technique and dance composition, and spoke with students in the class “Introduction to Japanese Anthropology.” The residency culminated in a dance concert on Friday, Sept. 14 in Deming Theatre in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.
Kizuna Dance is a repertory company that celebrates aspects of the Japanese language and culture by blending elements of breaking, house dance and capoeira with contemporary sensibilities to create works that resonate with physicality, humanity and intricacy.
McKinney, who serves as the artistic director of Kizuna, has received many awards and honors for his choreography and research. He was recently named a participant in the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab, and has been awarded an Individual Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council for his studies on the intersections between Butoh and streetdance. McKinney’s choreography has been commissioned by numerous festivals and institutions, including The Dance Gallery Festival, Men in Dance Festival, SUNY College at Brockport, the Joffrey Ballet School, Long Island University and the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, among others. Currently a faculty member at Gibney Dance Center, McKinney is joining the faculty of the Tennessee Dance Festival in September.
In the four years since its founding, Kizuna Dance has presented work nationally and internationally at prestigious institutions and festivals including The Japan Society, Performatica, the LDIF Festival, Movement Research, Middlebury Institute for International Studies, Triskelion Arts and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Kizuna Dance features a company roster of professional educators, and has led workshops and residencies in 11 states and internationally in Japan, Mexico and the UK.
For more information about residency activities, please contact Professor of Dance Cynthia Williams at (315) 781-3495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos provided by Kizuna Dance.