Bessie Award-winning performer Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative choreographic projects that are built upon the development of a virtuosic movement language, rigorous conceptual explorations, and the creation of highly theatricalized environments. Her work, which is deeply informed by literature and cinema, involves complex plays on space, time, and audience perspective, dramatically illuminating the ephemeral nature of performance.
Bartosik was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for nine years (1987-1996), where she created over nineteen original roles and toured extensively around the world. In 2005, she founded the organization daela to facilitate the development of her artistic work. Bartosik’s work has been commissioned and presented by BAM Next Wave (2018), Wexner Arts Center (2018), LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts (2018), New York Live Arts, American Realness festival, Dance Place, American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Gibney Dance, Abrons Art Center, The Yard, MASS MoCA/Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, and many others.
She received her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, and MA in 20th Century Art and Art Criticism from The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Research of the New School University.
Bartosik came to NCCAkron in September 2017 for the inaugural Dancing Lab residency. She, along with Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem, NC) and Kate Wallich (Seattle, WA), were selected from a pool of nearly 50 female choreographers to come explore, experiment, and dialogue with one another and artists from Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC. In Summer 2018, Bartosik returned to NCCAkron for a full Production Residency, partially subsidized by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Dancing Lab: Female Choreographers Artist (2017)
Production Residency Artist (2018)