Kate Weare Company Intensive:
Sensing Space Within

August 21 – 25 / 12:00 – 4:00 pm Daily
All Inclusive Fee: $200

Drop-In (12:00 – 2:00 pm): $20.00


Delve into the energetics of listening with Kate Weare Company’s Associate Director Douglas Gillespie, assisted by KWCo company members. Offering principles and insights from Weare’s creative process, Sensing Space Within focuses on the sensations that inform our survival, such as peripheral awareness, reflex, synchrony, magnetism, and an ongoing desire for intimacy. During the intensive participants are guided through specific company repertory, specialized partnering practices as well as exercises in kinesthetic and choreographic problem-solving. Encompassing all body types and experience levels, this intensive provides a lively, challenging framework toward self-awareness and sensitivity in partnering. Some of the repertory material is based from Weare’s recent work, Marksman, co-commissioned by American Dance Festival and The Joyce Theater. “Many images came to mind during the performance, including a baptism, an exorcism, a creature mothering its young and a wild beast being tamed. The amazingly limber dancers undulated, bounced, spun and fell, often in slow motion, indicating consummate control of every muscle.” – Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer

Douglas Gillespie (Associate Director and Dancer) is an originating member of Kate Weare Company’s first decade. As the Company’s Associate Director, Gillespie assists Weare on commissions, sets and re-stages repertory, facilitates outreach and teaching, oversees touring and is integral to the company’s creative spirit. He teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program, Gibney Dance Center and National Taiwan University of the Arts. In February 2017 Gillespie premiered his first professional group work, Bellonas, premiering in Florida by Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Gillespie’s first solo project was performed in Taiwan in November 2015 and had its U.S. debut in April 2016. He has also created student commissions for Cleveland State University, University of Florida and Santa Fe College; two of his most recent works have premiered at American College Dance Association. Gillespie was a performing member of Punchdrunk Emursive’s Sleep No More and Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell. Gillespie, born in San Diego, raised in Jacksonville, Florida received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2005. Gillespie has been described in Weare’s work by The Village Voice: “…he hurls himself into complicated connections the way an Olympian runs into his pole vaults.”

Kate Weare Company just celebrated its 10th Anniversary Season at BAM. Artistic Director Kate Weare’s recent awards include: White Bird’s Barney Choreographic Prize; The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award; Inaugural BAM Fisher Artist-in-Residency and Commission Award; Inaugural Evelyn Sharp Summer Artist-in-Residency Award at CalArts; several The Joyce Theater Creative Residency Awards; The Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship. KWCo’s 2013 debut in BAM’s Next Wave Festival led to the Company’s 2015 season at BAM Fisher as part of the BAM/DeVos PDP. Weare’s newest work for KWCo, Marksman, is co-commissioned by American Dance Festival and The Joyce Theater and will premiere at both venues in 2016. Recent company teaching includes: Guest Faculty at Princeton University; Artistic Residencies at The Juilliard School, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University.