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Kyle Marshall Choreography in Residence

The HWS Dance Department was delighted to present Kyle Marshall Choreography, a New York City-based contemporary modern dance company on Nov. 4-6. KMC is a Marshall Kyle Dance Class 259dance company that sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration. Dancer and director, Marshall is a 2018 Juried Bessie Award winner and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellow. The residency was supported by NY State DanceForce, in partnership with NYSCA and the Juried Bessies Award project.

On Monday, Nov. 4, KMC taught two master classes, “Modern Dance Technique” and “Dance Composition.” Marshall was also a guest speaker in other HWS classes in Africana Studies, Media and Society, and met with students through the Office of Intercultural Affairs. The culminating event of the company’s residency was its performance of Marshall’s piece “Colored,” on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Deming Theatre in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.

Colored navigates the beautifully twisted spectrum of blackness that dancers Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Kyle Marshall and Myssi Robinson regularly embody. As three black dancers from varied backgrounds, their work together in the studio led to conversations on tokenism, appropriation, stereotype and representation. Colored is a filter for those thoughts and a celebration of cultural variation,” says KMC, describing the Bessie Award winning piece. The dance featured original music by Matt Clegg and was commissioned in part by “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair Dance Festival, EMoves: Harlem Stage, and Jersey (New) Moves at NJPAC.

The KMC residency was supported in part by New York State DanceForce, a NYSCA Partner. For more information, please contact Professor of Dance Cynthia Williams at

General admission to the performance was $5 and HWS student admittance is free of charge.