Dates Available for Touring
Performers: 7 dancers
Artistic/Administrative Staff: 1-2
Production Staff: 1
Repertory Available 2017/18
K+C Celebrate Bernstein
Music: Leonard Bernstein
K+C joins the worldwide Centennial Celebration of composer Leonard Bernstein with a program that features a selection of memorable musical compositions, including “On the Town -Suite” and “On the Waterfront.” The company’s prodigious virtuosity and Keigwin’s keen musicality blissfully come together in a fitting and exhilarating tribute to one of America’s most beloved cultural icons. The program can be performed to live or recorded music.
Places Please (working title)
Music: Adam Crystal
Places Please! is a zany trip with Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott through the final moments before the curtain goes up. The audience will witness the anxiety and playfulness of life behind the scenes as if observing from backstage. The program celebrates and extends the creative relationship that served as KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s foundation during its burgeoning years. Presented as dreamscape and sonic collage, the evening explores the parallel and intersecting paths of a dynamic creative process and relationship.
Music: Maurice Ravel
Inspired by Maurice Ravel’s iconic score, Bolero incorporates a cast of 50-75 community members and dancers into a tableau of a specific region, examining and deconstructing local traits and stereotypes. Bolero is the centerpiece of K+C’s community outreach efforts and a collaborative process allows participants to reflect on their lifestyles and capture the uniqueness of each locale. Bolero has been done in 13 communities across the country including Santa Barbara, New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, Akron, Norfolk, and Denver, among others.
Inspired by Maurice Ravel’s score, Bolero is the centerpiece of K+Cs community outreach efforts. This two-week residency project incorporates a cast of 50-75 community members in a 15-minute original dance piece.
“Let’s Make a Dance” Community Workshop
Aimed at community members/non-dancers, this workshop guides participants through a choreographic process with Keigwin and his dancers using games and guided improvisation to enable individuals to discover their own creativity and physicality and transform themselves into performers. The goal for Let’s Make a Dance is to harness the group’s collective enthusiasm for dance through a combination of movement and imagination.
Classes are offered in modern dance technique, repertory or composition for intermediate/advanced dancers. Classes combine the athleticism and virtuosity of Artistic Director Larry Keigwin’s work. With a sense of play, students are encouraged to discover authentic movement while fine tuning technique. All company members are highly skilled teachers.
Student Performance/Schooltime Matinee
Contact Sport: A program for student audiences that can be geared to younger or older students and captures K+C’s signature theatricality and athleticism. Contact Sport explores a range of different relationships between friends, siblings and teammates. The program includes performances of Boys (12 min), Girls (10 min) and Love Songs (18 min), and features music by Eartha Kitt and Frank Sinatra, among others. This 50 minute program led by Keigwin or a senior K+C member includes a demonstration and short Q&A session with company members. Study Guides available to teachers.
Pre- and post-show discussions available upon advance request.
About the Company
Founded in 2003 by artistic director Larry Keigwin, KEIGWIN + COMPANY creates and presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance. KEIGWIN + COMPANY reaches national and international audiences and invigorates diverse communities with dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Its education and community projects seek to physically engage audiences and aspiring dancers in movement and the choreographic process. Since KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created 35 dances, including the acclaimed large-scale community project Bolero, which has been commissioned in 12 communities nationwide; Runaway (2008), a fashion-inspired choreographic ride, and Canvas (2013). Over the past decade, KEIGWIN + COMPANY has presented performances at venues including the Kennedy Center, Summerdance Santa Barbara, New York City Center, the Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, and others. Most recently the company was invited by DanceMotion USA to travel and perform in Africa. The company will be performing in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia from February – March in 2017.
KEIGWIN + COMPANY is committed to engaging individuals in movement and the creative process through community-based work and outreach, as well as education programs for aspiring dancers. KEIGWIN + COMPANY invites community members with little to no dance experience into the creative process. The company’s “Let’s Make a Dance” workshop, based on artistic director Larry Keigwin’s collaborative style, guides participants of all ages, levels, and demographics through a choreographic process using games and guided improvisation. In the company’s education programs for young dancers, individuals are encouraged to to discover their own creativity and authentic movement while fine-tuning technique under the guidance of the company’s highly skilled teachers.
Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director
Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. Since he founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003, he has created dozens of dances for his company, as well as for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard School, Vail International Dance Festival, and many other organizations. Keigwin’s work in musical theater includes choreography for the off-Broadway production of Rent (2011 Callaway Award), and the Broadway musical If/Then (2013) starring Idina Menzel. As a dancer, Keigwin has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Julie Taymor’s The Magic Flute, in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (earning a 1998 Bessie award for his performance in Dream Analysis), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve. He appeared on Broadway in Dance of the Vampires, and off-Broadway in The Wild Party. He also danced in Julie Taymor’s Oscar-nominated film Across the Universe. Keigwin is co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region as well as provide creative residencies to young and emerging choreographers.
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