Kimberly Bartosik Community Engagement Practice (Jan. 21, 2019)

Torn Space Theater

612 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo NY 14212

Kimberly Bartosik

During her CAI Residency in Jan. 2019, Bessie Award-winning performer Kimberly Bartosik offered a free Community Engagement Practice at Torn Space Theater. 

This set of practices, is designed to experientially introduce the public/participant/audience member to the process of creating I hunger for you (1-2), allowing for deeper engagement if/when they see the work, and inspiring conversation around the project’s themes. It involves a shared doing of physical prompts which open the body to sensory experience and the themes defining the piece: faith, violence, life force, and compassion. The practice involves physical and imagistic exercises that encourage an encounter with and connection to one’s body, history, memories, each other, the palpability of time passing, and the immediacy of being alive. These practices are responsive to who is in the room. Any age, race, gender, or ability can be accommodated.

Images from Community Engagement Practice

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’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, French Institute Alliance Francaise’s Crossing the Line Festival, Festival Rencontres Chorégraphique Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis (France), Artdanthe Festival (France), BEAT Festival, The Kitchen, La Mama, Mount Tremper Arts, Princeton University, Barnard College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Arizona State University, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, and Movement Research.