Kaley in Residence with Repertory Dance Theatre

After winning Repertory Dance Theatre’s choreographic competition Regalia earlier this year, Pruitt traveled to Salt Lake in October to create her newest work entitled, Hold.  The work is for the full company of eight dancers and is set to the iconic American score, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber.  Hold will premiere in Repertory Dance Theatre’s EMERGE concert January 7th-8th, featuring choreography all set to music from the 1930s and 1940s.

Pruitt’s work Hold Premieres in RDT’s Emerge Concert in Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, January 7th – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 8th – 2:00pm
Saturday, January 8th – 7:30pm

ABOUT THE PROCESS: I began the process for Hold by sharing my personal experiences during the pandemic and motivations in making a work that would reflect this moment of shared experience.  I communicated my driving motivation to create a dynamic rehearsal space of healing, learning, and connection to each other and our present history.  I welcomed that this latter priority would shift our “product” in a direction that I could not foresee nor take sole ownership of.  The gift of working collaboratively with RDT’s amazingly talented and generous dancers in a rehearsal space unmasked, physically connecting after a year and a half of distanced, masked, and often digital interaction was not lost on us.  The process that unfolded was cathartic.  We explored the thin edge between our most personal experiences and the universal experience of the global pandemic.  The creative process provided a space for reflection, embodied conversation, and liberating expression.  I believe the finished work reflects a deepened sense of community and empathy, and I’m thrilled to share it with audiences in Salt Lake and those streaming from afar in January. -Kaley

KPD Performs in Chicago Friday September 10th

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Kaley Pruitt Dance has been invited to perform in Simantikos Dance Chicago’s Choreo Kick-Off Festival Friday September 10th 7:00pm at Ruth Page Center for the Arts.  Pruitt’s duet Of Nearness will be danced by Rich Ashworth and Kaley Pruitt.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and free for students and children.  We hope you can come out to see us, and support live dance performance coming back in Chicago!

ABOUT THE PIECE: Of Nearness explores the embodiment of power dynamics and psychophysical connection between two people.  The work probes the relationship between movement and time, as it molds the audience witnessing as a catalyst for empathy.  Bringing the audience into the dancers’ experience both mentally and physically, a sound score of recorded narration functions to offer an unknown witness’s inner monologue of personal reflection about the relationship as the work unfolds.  The piece encourages a psychological connection between audience and dancers in addition to the kinetic connection to explore new ways of watching and engaging with dance.

Pruitt’s Dance Film STRATA in the Milwaukee Fringe Festival

Pruitt’s dance film “Strata” is a part of the Virtual Milwaukee Fringe Festival this year!  You can enjoy this show from home on your own schedule between August 20th – 28t.  Pruitt’s film will be shown alongside this great line up of virtual performances.  If you’re in the Milwaukee area, check out their live live festival at Peck Pavilion Stage.  Tickets are $8 and go on sale Thursday August 12th.

ABOUT THE FILM: “Strata” is a dance film exploring use of layered camera work to choreograph close spatial proximity of dancers not physically possible during COVID-19. The film was shot with no more than two dancers on set at one time, and one dancer was filming remotely in another state.  All proximal spatial relationships of the dancers’ bodies were “choreographed” in the editing process with frame layering. The film medium allowed Pruitt to explore spatial relationships digitally which are unable to exist live due to social distancing. The work explores the tension in being separated physically and emotionally from others while imagining a world of closeness and shared spaces of memory.

Kaley Wins Regalia 2021!

Pruitt wins Regalia 2021
RDT company members reveal Pruitt as the winner of the 2021 Regalia Choreographic Commission

Repertory Dance Theatre Selects Kaley Pruitt as their REGALIA Choreographic Competition Winner

Artistic Director, Kaley Pruitt was selected as a finalist choreographer for Repertory Dance Theatre’s annual choreographic competition, Regalia. Kaley was one of four finalists who each created a new work in just one, 4-hour Zoom rehearsal, with no prior contact with the dancers. During online viewing and voting February 22-27, 2021 her work “Seeing Wider Still” got the most viewer votes, and she was awareded a full company comission! Pruitt will be going to Salt Lake City to set a full new work on Repertory Dance Theatre in October 2021, and the new work will premiere in January 2022.

Repertory Dance Theatre Selects Kaley Pruitt as their REGALIA Choreographic Competition Winner

Repertory Dance Theatre's REGALIA 2021

Artistic Director, Kaley Pruitt was selected as a finalist choreographer for Repertory Dance Theatre’s annual choreographic competition, Regalia. Kaley was one of four finalists who each created a new work in just one, 4-hour Zoom rehearsal, with no prior contact with the dancers. During online viewing and voting February 22-27, 2021 her work “Seeing Wider Still” got the most viewer votes, so she was awareded a full company comission! Pruitt will be going to Salt Lake City to set a full new work on Repertory Dance Theatre in October 2021, and the new work will premiere in January 2022.

KPD Touring to Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin

  • Pruitt’s duet “Of Nearness” was selected to be performed at the American College Dance Association North-Central conference in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University March 2020. This was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Kaley Pruitt Dance will travel to Texas to perform the same duet in the Austin Dance Festival (originally planned for April 2020, but postponed for Spring 2022.  Follow the festival on the Austin Dance Festival website or follow them on Instagram.
  • KPD was also selected to perform “Of Nearness” in WIM Dance Festival in Sheboygan Wisconsin in May 2020. This was shifted to a virtual dance festival which featured Pruitt’s work in June 2020.

Performances July 19th & 20th – Premiering “Of Nearness” in Milwaukee

DANCEMAKERS 2019

Kaley Pruitt Dance  |  Of Nearness (premiere)

Each summer the Peck School of the Arts MFA in dance draws top talent from around the country, from modern/contemporary dance artists and hip hop/funk performers to established movement artists from theater and site-specific dance backgrounds.  Dancemakers is a shared evening of dance featuring the work of current MFA candidates Rich Ashworth, Winter Bosanko, Maggi Dueker, CarliAnn Forthun, Kaela Norwood, Kaley Pruitt, Morgan Mackay Teel, and Esrom Williams, Jr.

Friday July 19th & Saturday July 20th  |  7:30pm

Peck School of the Arts  |  Mitchell Studio 254
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

Pruitt premieres “Swept Up” at Illinios State University

Pruitt’s new quartet involving the unlikley props of 4 haridryers on 50′ long cords to music by Canned Heat, Van Morrison, Snake Wind, and House of Pain premieres in April!  The work has been set on dance majors at Illinois State University’s School of Theatre & Dance.  Join us in Normal, Illinois at the Westhoff Theatre for some laughs and great dance moves!"Swept Up" Photo by Pete Guither

Dixon Place presents Kaley Pruitt Dance in Fast Forward Split Bill Series February 12th

Pruitt’s Through All This & You premiered in July 2017 in KPD’s NYC season at Triskelion Arts.  We’re thrilled to be bringing this work back presented in a split bill series alongside MJM Dance at Dixon Place February 12th.  The piece will performed by Cassandra Bowser, Ashley Ervin, Robert Perales & Kaley Pruitt.

Through All This & You is a fun, light-hearted suite of dances that reveals the subtle, often attempting to be hidden, nuances in human relationships.  Not to be taken too seriously, this dance has luscious moments of ridiculousness and awkwardness.  The piece explores the many forms of love, play, competition, care, voyeurism, and how those can meld together and trigger the each other.

Tuesday February 12th  |  7:30pm

161A Christie Street New York, NY 10002

 

Pruitt’s “Limitless” Premieres at Illinois State University

Pruitt’s newest creative project is a 14 minute group work for 7 dancers to George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”.  The work has been set on dance majors at Illinois State University’s School of Theatre & Dance and premieres in their Fall Dance Concert November 30th – December 2nd.  Concerts are at the Center for Performing Arts in Normal, IL 7:30pm nightly with an additional matinee Saturday at 2:00pm.  If you are in the Chicago area, check out the show!