Kimberly Bartosik / daela

Bessie Award-winning performer Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative choreographic projects that are built upon the development of a virtuosic movement language, rigorous conceptual explorations, and the creation of highly theatricalized environments. Her work, which is deeply informed by literature and cinema, involves complex plays on space, time, and audience perspective, dramatically illuminating the ephemeral nature of performance. Bartosik’s work has been commissioned and presented by New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory (2016), Abrons Art Center (2015); The Yard (2015), Danspace Project, French Institute Alliance Francaise’s Crossing the Line Festival, Festival Rencontres Choreographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis (France), Mouvement sur la Ville (France), Artdanthe Festival (France), BEAT Festival, The Kitchen, La Mama, Mount Tremper Arts, Barnard College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Arizona State University, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, and Movement Research at Judson Church. 

In 2005 she founded the organization daela, to facilitate the development of her artistic work. Bartosik has received support for her choreographic work from the Jerome Foundation; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International; New York Foundation for the Arts through Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD); MAP Fund; American Dance Abroad; New Music USA through Live Music for Dance; and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists (nomination only). Bartosik is a 2010 and 2012 FUSED grantee (French-US Exchange in Dance), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts in partnership with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French American Cultural Exchange. She is a 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. Bartosik’s current project, Ecsteriority4 (Parts 1&2), will premiere at the Chocolate Factory in 2016. Ecsteriority4 (Part2) will premiere at Abrons Arts Center in May 2015 and will be presented at the Yard in June. 

She has been in creative residence at Choreographique Centre Nationale de Franche-Comté à Belfort, France (FUSED); New York Live Arts as a Studio Series artist, Governor’s Island through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Program; Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University; Mouvement sur la Ville (France); Joyce Soho Artist Residency Program; La Guardia Performing Arts Center; Jacob’s Pillow; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center; Mount Tremper Arts; White Oak Plantation; and Movement Research. Bartosik received her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, and MA in 20th Century Art and Art Criticism from The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Research of the New School University. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for nine years, where she created over 19 original roles and toured extensively around the world. She performed in the 2011 restaging of Robert Ashley’s 1967 opera, That Morning Thing, at the Kitchen (NYC) as part of Performa. She was a guest artist/faculty at University of North Carolina School for the Arts (2013), Arizona State University’s Hergberger Institute for Design and the Arts (2014), Purchase College (2014) and Colorado College (2014). daela.org

Press Quotes

“dense in a wonderfully woozy, mysterious way… Ms. Bartosik creates relationships that slip out from under themselves, transforming before you can name them.” —Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
"Kimberly Bartosik is one of the most intriguing descendants of Merce Cunningham."
Dance Magazine, February 2010
"Kimberly Bartosik's Ecsteriority4 (Part 2) is an extreme landscape of desperate people in desperate relationships, violent, lightning-streaked, but somehow remarkably humane. Bartosik's own scoring for the work blows the roof off, an industrial heavy metal concocting a scabrous, oppressive storm that envelops the performers. This is a meticulously crafted, chilling and at times, scary piece of work."
–David R White, Artistic and Executive Director, The Yard, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Ecsteriority4 (Part 1&2)

Ecsteriority4 (Part 2) premiered at Abrons Art Center in May 2015 as part of Laurie Uprichard's Travelogue Series. It subsequently played at The Yard, curated by David White, in June 2015, and MASS MoCA in October 2015. Ecsteriority4 (Parts 1 & 2), the full length work, will premiere at the Chocolate Factory in September 2016.

Support: Ecsteriority4 (Part 2) is made possible, in part, through creative development residencies at Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and Centre Choreographique Nationale de Franche-Comté à Belfort, France through FUSED (French/US Exchange in Dance), a grant supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French-American Cultural Exchange; funding from Abrons Arts Center and The Yard.

Additional support for Ecsteriority4 (Parts 1 & 2) include a creative development residency and commissioning funds from the Chocolate Factory.

Recent Events

You are my heat and glare

New York Premiere: New York Live Arts
February 26–March 1, 2014


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