Ken James CV

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Research

Site Specific Performance: The heterotopic nature of site performance and the liminality of the audience. Researching the intersections of realities created in site specific performance and psychological leaps of the audience to this dissonance. Both written and performed research, including a performance in New York City in August.

 

Virtual Dance: Finding human interactions in virtual performances. Creating and researching installation and screen dance work in relation to site specific performance to enact moments of direct audience interaction and connection with virtual installation.

 

Feldenkrais: Integration of Feldenkrais somatic methods into contemporary dance technique class to examine habitual body movement patterns and expand range and function of the body.

 

Teaching 2017-18

Iowa State University, Ames IA Guest Artist Commissioned work

DSM Danzarts level 7/8 Contemporary Dance Classes, Des Moines, IA: Praxis class incorporating somatics and contemporary technique, 28 weeks

Iowa State University, Guest Artist, Ames IA, Feldenkrais based partnering class

 

Choreography – 2019

Durational Objects, Site specific works,  Des Moines, IA Janurary, solos

 

Choreography – 2018

A Good Night for Ghosts, Warner Theater, Ames, IA, February, group piece

Queens for a Day, INSITU site specific dance festival – Queens, NY, August, group piece, deferred

Warning Signs, Dumbo Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY, October, duet

 

Choreography – 2017

the melting frozen walk of dared-to-embrace stone, Lescher Theater, Iowa State University, IA

Nice of You to Have Come to My Funeral (with apologies to Charles Mingus), danceLAB, Milwaukee, WI and Margaret H’Doubler Theater, Madison, WI, solo

Dental Hygiene, Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI, duet

 

Performances – 2017-18

Warning Signs, Choreographed Ken James, DUMBO Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Marching Backwards, choreographed by Cynthia Adams, Lescher Theater, Iowa State University, IA, Margaret H’Doubler Theater, Madison, WI

SNAP, choreographed by Cynthia Adams, Lescher Theater, Iowa State University, IA, Margaret H’Doubler Theater, Madison, WI and Iowa Dance Festival, Autumn Festival, Des Moines, IA

 

Technical Work – 2017-8

Landed, TD, LD, PM, SM, Video editing. Choreographed by Li Chiao Ping, Lescher Theater, Iowa State University, IA, and ODU University Theater, Norfolk Virginia.

Awards

San Francisco Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) for choreography

for The Adventures of Cunning & Guile, 2007

Distinguished Graduate Student Fellow, 2018-19 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Peck School for the Arts.

 

Affiliations

Fellow Travelers Performance Group, Co-artistic director since 1992

DSM DanzArts Studio, instructor 2017-present

 

Boards and Panels Served

Board of Directors, Dancer’s Group, San Francisco, CA

Ohio Arts in Excellence Award Panelist

Djerassi Artist in Residency Program Dance Panel

Board of Directors, San Francisco Butoh Festival, San Francisco, CA

Board of Directors, Fellow Travelers Performance Group

 

Teaching

Commissions, Residencies

Li Chiao Ping Dance- Summer Dance Workshop, The Farm WI June 2018

Iowa State University, Ames IA Guest Artist Commissioned work, 2017

Iowa State University, Ames IA Guest Artist Commissioned work, 2016

Iowa State University, Ames IA Guest Artist Commissioned work, 2014

Ashby Stage, Berkeley, CA, Guest Artist, Adventures of Cunning & Guile, 2012

Li Chiao Ping Dance- Summer Dance Workshop, The Farm WI June 2012

CCRMA Summer Concert, composer Sueng-yon Seny Lee, Stanford University, CA 2007

Djerassi Winter Residency, February 2006

Cabrillo College, Cabrillo CA repertory work for students, Fall 2005

University of Wisconsin, Madison, repertory work for students, Spring 2005

Li Chiao Ping Workshop / Residency at The Farm, Oregon, WI June 2004

Verge Residency, ODC Theater, 2004

Djerassi Artist in Residency, August, Ken James, 2004

Art Farm Residency, Ken James, acceptance for September 2003

ODC Choreographers Residency, ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA, August-September 2002

Djerassi Artist in Residency, Ken James, February 2002

Djerassi Artist in Residency, Ken James, May 1999

Hollins College, Roanoke VA, Commission, Glossolalia: dances of the night October 1992

 

Lectures, Workshops, Teaching

DSM Danzarts level 7/8 Contemporary Dance Classes, Des Moines, IA 2017-present

The Farm workshops, Madison, WI 2018

Iowa State University, Guest Artist, Ames IA 2010 -2018

DSM Danzarts partnering workshops, Des Moines, IA 2015-2016

American College Dance Festival, Makato MN 2013

The Farm, Li Chiao Ping, Oregon, WI June 2012

Mills College, Visiting Artist, Spring 2007 – 2008

Mills College, Guest Artist, September 2006

Cabrillo College, Guest Artist, CA Fall Semester 2005

University of Wisconsin, Madison Guest Artist, Spring Semester 2005

The Farm, Li Chiao Ping Workshop / Residency, Oregon, WI June 2004

Center Street Studio, Creating Movement? Workshop, May 2002

Firehall Arts Centre – Vancouver, BC – Master Class for Dancing on the Edge Festival 1997

Wesleyan College, Master Class, November 1996

San Jose State University, Master Class Graduate Students, 1994

Tuesday Art Series, Barnes and Noble, Oakland, CA, October 1994

Hollins College, Roanoke VA – Master Classes, Commissioned work 1992

U.C.L.A. – General Education Modern Dance Technique 1989 – 1991

 

Choreographic work – Festivals

Dumbo Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY October, 2018

August Dance Festival, Des Moines, IA 2018

INSITU site specific dance festival, Queens, NY, deferred, 2018

Somatic Arts Dance Festival, Rochester, NY, deferred, 2018

Iowa Dance Festival, Iowa City, IA, April 2018

The Walking Distance Dance Festival, Willits, CA March 2010

Iowa Dance Festival, Iowa City, IA, April 2010

Art in Odd Places, 14th Street, NYC October 2008

West Wave Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, August 2008

Dance IS Festival, Berkeley, CA March 2008

Timara Festival, Hall Auditorium, Oberlin Ohio May 9-12, 2007

Yerba Buena Gardens Choreographers Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens SF August 20, 2006

West Wave Dance Festival, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA July 2006

Yerba Buena Gardens Choreographers Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens SF August 23-27, 2004

Summerfest Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA July 2004

Yerba Buena Gardens Theater Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens SF   July 25, 2004

Dance Is Festival, Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley, CA January 30, 2004

East Bay Dance Festival, Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley, CA March 28,29,30 2003

House Special, ODC Residency ODC Theater, San Francisco CA September 6,7,8, 2002

Yerba Buena Gardens Choreographers Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens SF   Aug. 19-23, 2002

Summerfest Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA July 2002

National Dance Week, Center Street Studio, Oakland CA April 2001

Oakland Arts Festival – Oakland, CA April 23, 2000

National Dance Week, Center Street Studio, Oakland CA April 2000

National Dance Week Berkeley & Oakland CA May 1999

Outdoor Dance Festival – Emeryville, CA May 1998

Wild Women, Wild Men, Performance Gallery – San Francisco, CA July 1997

Outdoor Dance Festival – Emeryville, CA May 1997

CSUS Festival of the Arts – Sacramento, CA April 1997

Dance Kaleidoscope North – Walnut Creek, CA 1996

Outdoor Dance Festival – Emeryville, CA May 1996

Dancing on the Edge Festival, Vancouver, Canada April 1996

E-Festival, Dancers Group / Footwork, San Francisco, CA January – February 1995

Outdoor Dance Festival – Emeryville, CA May 1995

Summertime Dance Project, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA August 1994

Outdoor Dance Festival – Emeryville, CA May 1994

Outdoor Dance Festival – Emeryville, CA May 1993

 

Production Activities – Lighting design, technical director, and production director

Faculty:

Mills College, 2007-8, Guest Artist, Production and Producing

Technical director:

Dancers Group Studio Theater, 1995-1997

Freelance Lighting Design, 1997- present: Artists Worked with in production:

Dance:

Anna Halprin, Ruth Zaporah, Bob Ernst, Li Chiao Ping, Keith Hennessy, Stephanie Skura, Huckabay McAllister Dance Company, Joanne Nurenberg, Kathleen Hermsdorf, Scott Wells, Onsite, POTRZEBIE Dance Project, Maureen Flemming, John Henry’s Singing Myself a Lullaby, Polly Motley, Sara Shelton Mann, Remi Charlip, K.J. Holmes, David Zambrano, Kim Epifano, Julie Kane, Joe Goode Performance Group, Michelle Ellsworth, 100+ others

Music:

Mobius Operandi, Peter Whitehead, Mark Growden, Miguel Frasconi

Theater:

Deke Weaver, Rhodessa Jones, Pomo Afro Homo, Tim Miller

Festivals:

Tribute to Lucas Hoving, Tribute to Ed Mock, The Edge Festivals 1994-97, The E-Festival 1995, Visceral Video Festival 1996; A Month of Sundays, Women on the Edge 1995-2006

Showings (series):

The Field 1994-1997, The Local 7 series 1994-1997

Artists worked with as Performer

TanzTheater

Fellow Travelers Performance Group (artistic director 1992-present)

The Adventures of Cunning & Guile

Li Chiao Ping Dance

Dziga Vertov Performance Group

Amalgam Dance Theatre

 

Contemporary Dance

Angelia DeAntonis / Dancing in Costume

Chris Black Dance

Chopsticks and Sneakers

Combine

Huckabay McAllister Dance

Kei Takei’s Moving Earth

Lea Wolf

Li Chiao Ping Dance

Onsite Dance

POTRZEBIE Dance

Scott Wells Dance

SITE Performance

 

Aerial Dance

Project Bandaloop

 

Modern Dance

Ellen Webb Dance Company

U.C.L.A. Dance Company – Jose Limon: Missa Brevis reconstructed by Risa Steinberg

 

Screendance, Digital Installation

Douglas Rosenberg

James Campbell

Lorie Ericksen

 

 

 

Education

B.A. Philosophy, Oberlin College 1987, minor in Mathematics

M.F.A. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in progress – completion date Aug. 2019

 

1990   Studied Experimental Dance Film with Alegra Fuller Syder.

1991   Studied in Experimental Video with Max Almy