“As a dancer, Ms. Kotze possesses such clarity of intention that even when she’s losing her balance in an off-kilter position, her body has a natural way of organizing itself. There’s a bit of Lucinda Childs in her coolly beautiful, aristocratic exterior.” – Gia Kourlas, The New York Times (2013)

Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Durban, South Africa. As a choreographer and performer, Kotze’s goal is to engage in a shared experience with an audience by rigorously investigating movement, practicing performance and its possibilities, and challenging expectations and engaging in a collaborative process with dancers and artists of other disciplines. Her choreography has been presented at the National Arts Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY; American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD; Danspace Project, New York, NY; Fisher Center, Bard College, Red Hook, NY; Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Becket, MA; and New York Live Arts Studio Series, New York, NY. Kotze’s commissions include Toronto Dance Theatre, Zenon Dance Company, and James Sewell Ballet. Her awards include a Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer (2013). Her residencies include The Camargo Foundation, Marble House, Jacob’s Pillow, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Movement Research. Kotze holds a B.A in Architecture from Miami University, Ohio.

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