“(Infinity Dance Theater) is the embodiment of Lunn’s conviction that the spirit of dance can be just as elegantly expressed in different forms.” – WE Magazine, March 1997, Randy Blaun.
Infinity Dance Theater is committed to expanding the boundaries of dance by featuring dancers with and without disabilities and changing perceptions of what a dancer can be. The company was founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Kitty Lunn, who began her study of ballet in New Orleans at an early age. This led to a scholarship to the Washington Ballet. While preparing for her first Broadway show, she slipped on ice, fell down a flight of stairs, and broke her back. Now a paraplegic using a wheelchair, Ms. Lunn works diligently on behalf of performing artists with disabilities.
Notable Infinity performance appearances include the 1st Cultural Paralympiad at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, GA; the Festival of Wheelchair Dance in Boston, MA (1997); the 1999 VSA arts International Art & Soul Festival in Los Angeles, CA and the 2004 International Festival in Washington, D.C.; the John F. Kennedy Center (2000 and 2004); and New York City’s Joyce SoHo (2004, 2006, 2009), Judson Memorial Church (2012), and Theater for the New City (2013); with overseas performances and educational programs in Italy (1999-2001, 2010), as well as in Scotland (1996, 2002).
Infinity is one of very few companies that has developed a transposition technique for dancers using wheelchairs based on classical ballet and modern dance. Educational activities include a local/national teacher training project currently funded by the NEA, master classes, apprenticeships, a summer intensive, weekly classes, community workshops, and lecture-demonstrations.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Infinity Dance Theatre