Simantikos Dance Chicago Performs Pruitt’s “Readiness” June 18th

Kaley Pruitt was commissioned by Simantikos Dance Chicago to create a new trio titled Readiness.  This piece will premiere this Saturday June 18th at the Athenaeum Center in Chicago.  Performances are at 3pm and 7pm.  Readiness will be performed by Simantikos dancers Kalina Bartlett, Marissa Kaufmann, and Megan O’Toole.

Simantikos Dance Chicago
New & Found  |  Saturday June 18th
Athenaeum Center
2936 N Southport Ave. Chicago, IL
Performances: 3pm & 7pm
Tickets: $24

See KPD Perform “Of Nearness” in the Mark De Garmo Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change Thursday May 12th 7:00 ET / 6:00 CT

Mark DeGarmo Dance continues its transcultural transdisciplinary Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change 2022 to an international audience on Zoom with performances featuring global performing artists: Alfonso Cervera (Seattle, WA), Aishwarya Madhav (New York City), Kaley Pruitt (Bloomington, IL), and Angela Stoecklin & Peter Pierhosseinlou (Zurich, Switzerland and Tehran, Iran) on Thursday May 12th at 7PM ET. Each performance is curated and includes audience response supported, encouraged, and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo.

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.  

Virtual Watch Party for “Hold” Saturday 2/19, 8pm EST

THE PLAN:
1) Purchase your virtual ticket to RDT’s Emerge Concert
2) Log Into Zoom on Saturday 2/19 at 8pm EST
3) Hear Kaley discuss her process and inspirations
4) Watch the streamed concert
5) Log back onto Zoom for a Q&A with Kaley and to share you thoughts
6) Hang out and catch up (it’s also Kaley’s birthday!)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Tickets $20

By purchasing a ticket, you will have access to the performance for up to two views until March 6, 2022. 

If you already had tickets purchased from the cancelled live performances in January, you should have received a separate email with a link to the performance. If not, contact rdt@rdtutah.org

Pruitt’s newest work, Hold, emerged from reflecting on what is personal but also universal to each of us.  The pandemic has brought on a shared global experience that is unprecedented.  The work looks at how this upheaval has allowed us to de-center our own narratives and realize our impact on the larger communities around us.  Set to Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Hold leaves space for doubt and hope simultaneously.  The piece asks what it means to not defeat something, but instead transform ourselves for the better because it remains.  Hold orients us inside this present moment with attuned awareness of our humanity and greater connections. 

ACCLAIM FOR “HOLD” IN THE UTAH REVIEW

“The rhythmic foundations shift as the music builds an arch and Pruitt replicates this with impressive effect in the dancers. The dance artists open up the movement space, replicating clearly the crossovers suggested in the music. Pruitt succeeds at heightening the already profound emotional foundation of the music, most notably at the melodic peak of the music where the bass line has been stripped out and the movement takes on a near-ethereal floating sensation. The company responded fully to the poignant demands of this outstanding interpretation.” – Les Roka of The Utah Review 

Photo by Sharon Kain

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

Press for Pruitt’s “Hold” Premiering in Salt Lake City January 2022

Read about Pruitt’s process and the inspriations for the other works in Emerge in the recent articles in The Utah Review by Les Roka and in Salt Lake City Weekly

“Thinking about the movement for the composition, Pruitt says she focused on the simultaneous presence of doubts, fears and hopes while finding an opportunity to appreciate a joyous moment of life at least for the moment without the regret of thinking too far ahead. Indeed, she says it is meant as a healing moment, an opportunity to rebalance ourselves — dancers and audiences included.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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.