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B.A. Dance, Bennington College, 1965
M.A. Individualized Study, New York University, 1994
Kathryn Posin studied composition with Louis Horst, Anna Sokolow, Merce Cunningham, and Hanya Holm. She has choreographed works for Ballet West; Netherlands Dans Theater I and II; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II; the Eliot Feld Ballet; the Ohio, Kansas City, Sacramento, Cincinnati, and Hartford Ballets; Balletmet; Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah; and the Extemporary Dance Company of London. She was the first international choreographer to stage a work for Cloudgate Dance Theater of Taiwan. Posin is a recipient of American Dance Festival's Doris Humphrey Fellowship. Meet the Composer commissioned her work for the Milwaukee Ballet, Stepping Stones, which has since been performed by five ballet companies. Meet the Composer also awarded her a commission for the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. Posin's Galena Summit was voted Choreography of the Year by The Boston Globe, and her Four World Songs won first place in the Sarasota Ballet's 1996 Choreographic Competition. Her Scheherazade, a box-office hit for the Milwaukee Ballet, was also staged for the Louisville and Sacramento Ballets and Nevada Ballet Theatre. In theater, she choreographed the hit rock musical Salvation with Bette Midler and Richard Gere as well as The Cherry Orchard with Meryl Streep and Raul Julia, directed by Andrei Serban at Lincoln Center. She coached Jennifer Jason Leigh in Al Pacino's production of Salome. For her own company, The Kathryn Posin Dance Company, she has choreographed more than 50 works. In 1999 Posin conceived and designed the Joffrey/New School BFA in Dance and was named founding chair. She writes frequently for Dance Magazine. Learn more about her and her work at www.kathrynposin.org.
Kathryn Posin’s (BA ’94) Dance Company performed from August 14-22, 2020, as a part of the 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival with free, virtual performances available on YouTube.
In September, Kathryn Posin's dance troupe, The Kathryn Posin Dance Company, premiered three new works at the 92nd Street Y as a part of the Dig Dance series. Pointe Magazine reviewed the works in "Kathryn Posin's New Ballet Explores the Letters of Charles Darwin."
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AWARDS AND HONORS
The Kathryn Posin Dance Company received a National Endowment for the Arts ART WORKS grant and had three performances produced by 92Y in September 2019. The works were Triple Sextet to Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet and Evolution: The Letters of Charles Darwin. The Darwin correspondence Project supported this performance as well as the Bennington College Alumni Fund.
View an excerpt of Kathryn Posin's Climate Control 2, using the password PosinDance.
View Kathryn Posin's Scheherazade, using the password PosinDance.
Learn more about her work at www.kathrynposin.org.
Professor Kathryn Posin has created a new dance based on Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, Double Sextet.
In February 2018, Posin made a new work for Milwaukee Ballet 2 called Climate Control 2, an activist dark comedy on climate change. On February 16, 2016, The New York Times reviewed the work of Posin and her company, the Kathryn Posin Dance Company, in "'Climate Control,' Where Hot and Cold Mix It Up in a Pas de Deux.
Posin’s ballet, Scheherazade, will open the season for the Milwaukee Ballet and run from October 21-23, 2016.
At the invitation of the 92nd Street Y, Professor Kathryn Posin’s eponymous dance company opened the Harkness Dance Festival 2016, presenting “The Kathryn Posin Dance Company with Live Music by Meredith Monk.” The Kathryn Posin Dance Company was awarded a 2016 grant from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.