Firehouse Theatre and K Dance have announced that K Dance will be a company-in-residence at Firehouse.
The residency will provide K Dance with a permanent home after more than 20 years of being nomadic, according to a press release, while Firehouse "gains unique and high quality dance programming that fits its mission to be an artistic home for performing art/artists from all disciplines." The residency was made possible by a grant from CultureWorks.
K Dance is a small contemporary dance/theatre non-profit company with big ideas, says artistic director Kaye Weinstein Gary, by email. It has worked project to project producing in different venues since its founding in 2000. Under her artistic leadership, the company serves as a vehicle for creative projects for its artistic director as well as other artists both locally and nationally.
According to the press release, "core components of the residency include co-producing two of K Dance's signature programs at Firehouse -- the YES Dance Festival (a showcase of work by some of the hottest contemporary choreographers/dance companies) and SHORTS (a program of one-acts that integrate choreography into the storytelling), and creating new educational and performance programs with K Dance's Artistic Director Kaye Gary that focus on dance/movement theatre."
"We've had wonderful experiences with K Dance during the past two years that we've been the site of their dance and one-act festivals. Kaye's expansive and energetic artistic vision will make a valuable contribute to Firehouse's activities." says Firehouse’s Producing Artistic Director Joel Bassin in the release.
K Dance's Artistic Director Kaye Gary added "this is an exciting opportunity that will help me advance my artistic vision in a permanent space and build K Dance's institutional capacity with the administrative and production support of Firehouse."
This upcoming season the YES Dance Festival will be Friday Dec. 20 at 8pm and Saturday Dec. 21 at 3pm and 8pm. SHORTS 2020 will be in April.