KJ HOLMES
June 22, 2014

Erasure

Nine performers join K.J. Holmes in making themselves slowly invisible through the act of becoming visible. Engraving themselves in the walls, the hallways, the rooms through writing, sounding, and moving, they undergo a gradual backwards journey through time through a taking off of contemporary wearings to reveal history, or a de-evolution, arriving at a naked revelation (of sorts). Among their traces, the public can see layers of absent others who may have passed through those rooms. Nothing has to be proved.

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K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, poet, and actor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her training began as a child with ballet and musical theater as well as judo and fencing. This blend of approaches is a basis for her consistent expression and art making. Her dance studies at the New School for Social Research and with Andre Bernard (1979 -81) led her to improvisation and new dance techniques that were being explored at that time. K.J. has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational and somatic practices, collaborating with forerunners Simone Forti, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton. She continues to push into new frontiers of dance and theater with her love of research and experience. Her dance/theater pieces have been presented in NYC at the Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, Movement Research at the Judson Church, D.T.W., Dixon Place, University Settlement, Warren Street Performance Loft, The Present Company, The Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, the Joyce Soho and the Vision Jazz Festival, as well as nationally and internationally.