Kathleen Hermesdorf: A night of solo work
Kathleen Hermesdorf is a San Francisco-based dance artist known for a sensate, feral and mercurial style of motion, creation and performance as well as depth, presence and range in the collaborative company work of her mentors - Margaret Jenkins (1993-99/1999 IZZY Award), Sara Shelton Mann/Contraband (1994-present) and Bebe Miller (2002-present/2006 Bessie Award). Accompanied by musician Albert Mathias, together they are Motion-Lab.
A night of solo work performed by Kathleen Hermesdorf accompanied by Albert Mathias
MOTIONLAB, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf and musician Albert Mathias in San Francisco, California, is a process/performance vehicle and training laboratory with a mission to create work of deeply integrated dance and music that is vigorously investigated and viscerally transmitted. Its directors are committed to collaboration among mediums and artists locally, nationally and internationally, with the mission to bridge art forms and communities and to bring the fruits of these connections to San Francisco. MOTIONLAB produces events for the stage, club and studio and has presented 7 performance seasons, released 8 CDs by Mathias and toured nationally since 1998. The company has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and CASH/Theatre Bay Area, and redently finished a 2003-08 Artist Residency at ODC Theater. Hermesdorf and Mathias have been on the faculty of ODC School and guest artists at studios, universities and festivals throughout the country since 1996.
KATHLEEN HERMESDORF has been dancing in San Francisco since 1991. She has worked with Sara Shelton Mann/Contraband since 1993, been a member of Bebe Miller Company since 2002, receiving a 2006 BESSIE Award, and collaborated with Stephanie Maher in Berlin since 2000. She co-directed Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells, sharing a 1994 GOLDIE Award, and was a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, receiving a 1999 IZZIE Award with the ensemble. She is the recipient of a 2005 CHIME Grant, with Brenda Way (via the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company), a 2006 San Francisco Arts Commission/Cultural Equity Grants/Individual Artist Commission and continuing support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Hermesdorf holds a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Dance Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Illinois. She teaches, creates and collaborates throughout the USA and Europe.
ALBERT MATHIAS has been creating music in San Francisco since 1991. His work encompasses composition and sound design for dance, audio and film, as well as performance solos for the stage. He was nominated for a 2000 IZZIE Award for Original Sound Score for BLUE 2000 by MOTIONLAB, and created the sound score and design for Artists in Exile, a documentary on Bay Area dance by RAPT Productions. Mathias joined Bebe Miller Company in 2003, receiving a 2006 BESSIE Award for his contribution to Landing/Place, and was a member of Contraband from 1995-97. He was the percussionist for LiveHuman with bassist Andrew Kushin and DJ Quest from 1998-2008, releasing 4 critically acclaimed records. He trained at California Institute for the Arts in traps, tabla, voice and accompaniment with Amiya Dasgupta, John Bergamo and Leonice Shinneman, and has had the honor of private study with Pandit Swapan Chauduri, Sri Ravi Bellare and Tony Williams.
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