Katie Faulkner

Originally from North Carolina, Katie Faulkner received her MFA in dance performance & choreography from Mills College in 2002. Since graduating from Mills, Faulkner has performed the works of  Bill T. Jones, Randee Paufve, Stephen Petronio, June Watanabe, Victoria Marks, Abigail Hosein, Kim Epifano and Ann Carlson. She has worked with several of these choreographers as a dancer with AXIS Dance Company, with whom she performed both locally and nationally from 2003-2007. She has enjoyed teaching students of all ages and abilities around the country and at institutions such as Santa Clara University, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center , Marin Ballet, and Mills College, and she is currently on faculty at the University of San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley.

Faulkner’s choreography and film work have been presented by the Renaud-Wilson Dance Festival, the WestWave Dance Festival, Hampshire College, Motion Pictures, the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts’ Dance IS Festival, the Oakland Dance Festival, 8x8x8, ODC Theater and the Monterey Dance Festival. She has been commissioned to choreograph works for the Mills College Repertory Company, Kate Mitchell & Dancers, AXIS Dance Company, the University of California, Berkeley, the Erika Shuch Performance Project, and the University of San Francisco Dance Ensemble and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Theater Bay Area CA$H Grant. She has been awarded residencies with the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Marin Headlands, and will be in residence at ODC Theater from 2009-2011. She was an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) nominee in Visual Design with collaborators Benjamin Goldman and JC Earle for her 2008 trio, The Dry Line, and she received a Special Izzie Award with Benjamin Goldman for her 2008 dance film LOOM . She was nominated for an Izzie in the category of Music/Text/Sound for her musical performance in Manuelito Biag’s 2009 Terra Incognita.

Choreographic Fellow | December 5-19, 2010

We Don't Belong Here

In residence, Faulkner explored specific strategies to integrate video, choreography, and community into her site-specific work, We Don't Belong Here. Incorporating video, interactive sound, and live performance, Michael Trigilio, a seasoned and prolific filmmaker, composer, media artist, and professor of Media Arts at UC San Diego assisted with investigation and development of the work. One of the ideas being explored in residence was the contribution of community-generated media as content for the work, either in real time (using flip phones, text messages, email, etc.) or in advance of the performance.

With the help of the Center for Creative Research, Faulkner and Trigilio engaged with Ann Carlson and Mary Ellen Strom for a Skype session during the residency to help inform their working process.

  • Faulkner, Das, Funsch and Trigilio rehearse <i>We Don't Belong Here<i/>.
  • Das and Funsch rehearse <i>We Don't Belong Here<i/>.
  • Filmmaker Michael Trigilio works with Das, Funsch and Faulkner.
  • Das and Funsch rehearse <i>We Don't Belong Here<i/>.
  • Faulkner and Funsch talk with FSU Dance Students during a Choreographic Workshop.
  • Faulkner and Funsch talk with FSU Dance Students during a Choreographic Workshop.
  • Faulkner, Das and Funsch talk with FSU Dance Students during a Choreographic Workshop.
  • Janet Das and Christy Funsch in MANCC Choreographic Workshop.

Collaborators in Residence: Janet Das, Christy Funsch [performers], Michael Trigilio [collaborator/filmmaker]. Slideshow photos by Chris Cameron and Bayard Stern.

Featured Artist

Faye Driscoll

February 22 - 24
Carolina Performing
Arts, UNC Chapel Hill


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