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Kate Weare is recognized as a preeminent American choreographer whose dances are lucid, layered and visually sophisticated yet speak with emotional clarity to a broad swath of viewership. Raised by a painter and a printmaker in Oakland, California, Weare draws on visual art sources, language, poetry, contemporary music, psychology and nature in her work.

Called by Dance Magazine, “the voice of the it’s complicated generation,” Weare just celebrated her Company’s 10th anniversary season at BAM. Recent awards include: The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014; Inaugural BAM Fisher Artist-in-Residency and Commission Award in 2013; White Bird’s Barney Creative Prize in 2015; Inaugural Evelyn Sharp Summer Artist-in-Residency at CalArts in 2014; Joyce Theater Creative Residency Awards in both 2014 and 2011; Princess Grace Fellowship in 2009. Weare’s 2013 debut in Next Wave Festival led to her Company’s 2015 season at BAM Fisher as part of the BAM/DeVos PDP.

Her newest work is co-commissioned by Joyce Theater and ADF and slated to premiere at both venues in 2016. Companies worldwide have askedWeare to travel and set work on their dancers; upcoming commission include Cleveland’s Groundworks Dance Theater and ODC/San Francisco. Wearealso enjoys working with students, most recently as Guest Faculty at Princeton University as well as The Juilliard School, NYU/Tisch, Virginia Commonwealth University, Keene State University and Marymount Manhattan, among others.

Fascinated by collaborating with composers, Weare has commissioned original scores and her company has performed live with extraordinary musicians such as Michel Galante and NYC’s Argento Chamber Ensemble; SF-based violinist David Ryther; SF-based old time band The Crooked Jades (Jeff Kazor & Lisa Berman); composer Barbara White of Princeton University; Brooklyn-based indie band One Ring Zero (Michael Hearst & Joshua Camp); electro-acoustic cellist/composer Christopher Lancaster; and most recently saxophonist/composer/producer Curtis Macdonald.

Kate Weare Company has been presented nationwide by Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, ArtPower at UC San Diego, Ringling Museum of Art, Dance Celebration Philadelphia, Spring to Dance St. Louis, Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota, and Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, among many other venues. In New York the company has been presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, Fall for Dance at New York City Center, The 92nd St. Y, Symphony Space, The Skirball Center, Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub, Dance Theater Workshop, and Danspace Project.

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