Kathy Westwater is a New York-based choreographer and, since 2001, faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College, where she received an M.F.A. in 2001. After receiving a B.A. in Economics at William and Mary in 1985, Westwater moved to New York to dance. Drawn to pedestrian movement and cross-disciplinary approaches to making, in the late 80s and 90s she studied with postmodern dance pioneers, most notably Simone Forti, Dana Reitz, and Sarah Rudner. In 1991 she performed in Forti’s seminal dance construction Slant Board (1961) at Lincoln Center, and recently again in 2011. Since 1996, Westwater has collaborated with visual artists, architects, computer programmers, composers, and poets to create works that inhabit a gap between dance and performance. Her work has been presented in venues like Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Franklin Furnace, Performance Space 122, Brooklyn Museum, 92 Street Y, Movement Research at Judson Church, and RAW: Geographies Festival in Portland, OR. Her work is archived in the Walker Art Center’s Mediatheque Archive, and has been cited in The Drama Review and The Guerilla Guide to Performance Art. Most recently, she locates her performance research in Fresh Kills, NY, once the largest landfill in the world.
During her Swing Space residency, Westwater will be working on the artistic material that resulted from fieldwork done during her 6-month residency at Fresh Kils Landfill, and how that material can be adapted further, to this new built site/environment.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist