Joanna Kotze received the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Her choreography has been presented at Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Dance Institute (ADI), Danspace Project, Bard College’s Fisher Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, New York Live Arts Studio Series, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y, WAXworks, Lu Magnus gallery, Soho20 gallery, Show Room Gowanus gallery, Industry City and the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (WI). This year, Joanna has created new works on Zenon Dance and James Sewell Ballet, both in Minneapolis, as well as on students at Eugene Lang College (The New School), Barnard, Purchase College, Southern Utah University and Miami University (OH). She has upcoming commissions from Toronto Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury. In February 2016, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa will present Kotze’s evening-length piece It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen.
Joanna has received support from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation (2015), Harkness Foundation for Dance (2015), Jerome Foundation (2014), New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) BUILD (2014), Brooklyn Arts Council (2014), Yellowhouse (2013), and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants (2010, 2013). She was a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a recipient of a 2014 Process Space residency through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). She has had residencies at The Camargo Foundation (Fall ’15), Jacob’s Pillow (Spring ‘15) Baryshnikov Arts Center (Fall ’13), Djerassi (Fall ’13) and the Bogliasco Foundation (Spring ’13). Joanna was a 2011-2012 Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident and has worked in residence at Mount Tremper Arts. She was the Fall 2012 boo-koo space grant recipient at Gibney Dance Center and has participated in Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot, a web-based solo performance relay. She was a 2010 Choreographers’ Project Fellow at Summer Stages Dance, setting an original work on Summer Stages Dance students at the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art and has also choreographed several works for Miami University’s Dance Theatre.
She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010, performing throughout NYC (including twice at BAM’s Next Wave Festival) the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. She has also worked extensively for Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Netta Yerushalmy and Sam Kim. Since moving to New York, she has also danced for Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera (including their works by Doug Varone), Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop (including a solo role in an opera performed at the National Theater in Belgrade and at BAM’s Next Wave Festival), Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, and Company Appels.
Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance in New York City. She has taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts, Long Island University and the American Dance Festival. She has studied Klein technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003, is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University (’98).
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