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Sam Kim presents "Sister To A Friend"

Sam Kim presents "Sister To A Friend"


Gibney Dance


Studio C at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, NYC


Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:30pm
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30pm



Gibney Dance

Sam Kim
Sister to a Fiend
Wednesday, March 4 – Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 pm
Studio C at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

Sister to a Fiend, performed by Amanda Kmett’Pendry, Joanna Kotze, and Sam Kim, is a new, ritualistic dance that reveals the mysterious rites of three powerful women and the psychic landscape they occupy. Situated in the round with lighting by Joe Levasseur, sound by Bryce Kretschmann, and visual design by Sam Kim, viewers become voyeurs as they witness these illicit acts executed with intimacy, ferocity and transgression.

Since 2002, Sam Kim has created several, long works presented as seasons in NYC: Darling (Performance Space 122, 2009), dumb dumb bunny (The Kitchen, 2007), Cult (Dance Theater Workshop, 2007), AVATAR (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), Nobody Understands Me (Dance Theater Workshop, 2004), Placid Baby (Performance Space 122, 2003) and Valentine (Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002). Kim has also created several shorter works since 1997. She recently premiered Some Kind of Derelict Telekinesis for Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts, November 2014, and showed her latest evening-length work in development, Fear in Porcelain, at JACK, July 2014.

Kim has received commissions for original work from The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Barnard College, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Mulberry St Theater and Performance Space 122. Kim’s work has also been presented by other progressive venues such as Highways Performance Space (LA), Studio 303 (Montréal), the Unknown Theater (LA), Bryant Lake Bowl Theater (Minneapolis), the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Galapagos Art and Performance Space, JACK and Movement Research, among many others.

Kim’s work has been supported by grants from organizations such as the Lucky Star Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation/MAP Fund and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. Kim was a Spring 2010 Dance Theater Workshop Outer/Space Creative Resident, a 2007-09 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Dance Artist-in-Residence and a 2004-05 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has also received space grants from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center.

Kim has been awarded residencies at Movement Research (2013-15), New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013-14), Baryshnikov Arts Center (Fall, 2013) Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2013), Baryshnikov Arts Center (Spring, 2013) and The MacDowell Colony (2012) to develop her latest evening-length works, Sister to a Fiend and Fear in Porcelain. She is honored to be a recipient of the Bogliasco Fellowship for Spring 2015.

Kim has been deeply engaged with and responsive to the NYC downtown dance community through various leadership roles. She served on the board of Dance Theater Workshop (2006-2010). She was also a member of the Artist Advisory Committee at Performance Space 122 (1999-2003). Kim was a panelist for Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks numerous times, as well as for Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange dance and theater residencies, among other programs.

In addition, Kim is a certified hatha yoga instructor and founder/facilitator of Real Feedback, a workshop devoted to examining choreography through a contemporary, critical lens. She has taught classes and workshops in LA, Minneapolis and NYC through organizations such as Movement Research and CLASSCLASSCLASS. She has also served as an artistic advisor to residency programs and individual choreographers. In 2005, Kim attended the third annual Balkan Dance Platform in Skopje, Macedonia as an invited guest of Dance Theater Workshop with funding provided by The Suitcase Fund.

From 1995-2005, Kim had the honor of performing with numerous companies and choreographers, including downtown experimentalists Jennifer Monson, Susan Rethorst and DD Dorvillier (she was a principal performer in Dorvillier’s 2002 Bessie-awarded Dressed for Floating). Kim was also a member of Sarah Skaggs Dance (1999-2001) and Li Chiao-Ping Dance (1999-2000), and was invited to apprentice with Elizabeth Streb and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

In 1991, Kim moved from St. Paul, MN to NYC to attend Barnard College, Columbia University where she earned a B.A. in English summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1995. Kim began making dances at 19. She has been committed to the dance form ever since and now lives and works in Brooklyn as a choreographer and performer.

Sister to a Fiend was created with commissioning support from Gibney Dance.

Photo by Ryutaro Mishima.

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