The North Door
"...During the few moments when the dancers moved synchronously in Kathy Dunn Hamrick's newest work for her company of nine, they weren't a bunch of people doing the same thing; they were individual artists, humans, each telling a uniquely gripping version of the most common of stories. The dance, Hamrick told us, was inspired by our fixation with "truths" – the truths we create and the truths we seek and, sometimes, learn..."
"...With typical candor, Kathy Dunn Hamrick admits that when she began to create her newest piece, "murmur," for Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's SummerDance concert, she faced her dancers at the first rehearsal not knowing what the dance would be. She had only the title, a mysterious, cooing word that imparts softness and comfort..."
"...Choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick invited the Dallas-based Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, a youthful troupe that has appeared at Hamrick's Austin Dance Festival, to share the program for her company's winter show. For the first half of the performance, Hamrick's company presented her new The Four (3) Seasons, danced to a recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons as recomposed by Max Richter..."
"...I've seen perhaps a dozen dances set to recorded excerpts of Steve Reich's Drumming, but until Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's More or Less, with choreography by Hamrick and Drumming performed live by line upon line percussion (the trio was fleshed out by nine guest musicians), I hadn't heard the piece performed live in its entirety. In a world that is increasingly a sea of extracts, wholes are more significant and wondrous than ever..."
"...Kathy Dunn Hamrick isn't going to let just any dance troupe share a bill with the company that bears her name. Her decision to include Chaddick Dance Theater and Armstrong/Bergeron Dance Company in the program An Evening of Contemporary Dance, running this week at Ballet Austin's AustinVentures StudioTheater, was made with the deliberate care of a designer or, as she herself puts it, a curator..."
"...The Big Small, a dance choreographed by Kathy Dunn Hamrick and performed by her company last month, might be understood as a performance of memories. Its vignettes seem to be the crystallized, mind-made recollections of experience..."
"...Kathy Dunn Hamrick was reading a dance review when a phrase caught her eye: "multiple cuppings of dipped heads." Huh? She had seen the show, too, but the reviewer's description left her baffled. What was a cupping? How many cuppings were there? And did she somehow miss them all? She stood up in her office and began dancing out whatever came to mind -- "funny, bizarre images" -- trying to re-enact the vivid and peculiar phrase..."
"...The strikingly lovely Kathy Dunn Hamrick, who has been creating dances with the company that bears her name for the last eight years and devising dances in Austin for considerably longer than that, greets me in a hushed tone. "There's a class going on in there," she says, pointing to a door in the corner of the tiny, bright room, "And we don't want to disturb the energy."..."
"...That is how choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick tackled one of her newest pieces, "City Scenes," set to a glorious Gordian knot of a score by New York percussionist and composer Darren Castello. Loving the challenge of constantly changing meter, Hamrick deconstructed the movement patterns while pursuing the elusive beginning of the piece..."
"...Some things, it seems, are meant to be. In 1981, Kathy Dunn Hamrick needed to replace a dancer for her first professional dance concert, and the person who came to her rescue, at the suggestion of a friend, was named Kate..."
"...Any list of our city's playful choreographers would be woefully incomplete without Kathy Dunn Hamrick. She has, after all, been responsible for dances based on peculiar phrases from dance reviews and the structure of games..."
"...Spring is a time for renewal, for fresh perspectives, for rebirth and rejuvenation, so it's appropriate that each spring Kathy Dunn Hamrick and the dancers in her company premiere a new piece. If you're a dance neophyte, like me, or just a plain couch potato, you might ask, "So what? Why should I make the effort to go out and try something new?"..."
"...Leave it to Kathy Dunn Hamrick, choreographer of resonant dances and developer of a solid audience base for her own 17-year-old company, to streamline the contemporary dance festival into a one-day, gem-studded event. Tickets are cheap for three carefully curated programs – just $40 for a day pass or $15-25 each – that balance emerging artists with established ones, from near with far...."
"...What's new: Tapestry's original take on the holiday staple, Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker, Dec. 10-20, at the Long Center Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company..."
"...Don't expect to see sweet little dances if you go see Kathy Dunn-Hamrick's Close Ups. Just because they're in the informal studio space of Cafe Dance doesn't mean that her dances are at all intimate or quaint..."
"..."When you're creating, the studio just throbs with energy," says dance company director and choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick. "But when you're trying to bring a piece back, it's like doing math homework." If her tone sounds a little spent, that's because Hamrick is smack-dab in the middle of a yearlong effort to restage samples from a decade of her work, and a quadruple bill of excerpts is scheduled to open on Feb..."
"...For some Austin choreographers, however, the impulse toward fusion isn't always consciously directed. Kathy Dunn Hamrick, artistic director of the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, acknowledges fusion as part of her choreographic work but maintains that "for me, it is more of a subconscious fusion..."
"...In the process of finding creative freedom, choreographers also try to innovate, pick, and choose from their own tradition to capture their own moment of creative balance. Kate Warren found that balance through choreographing Fugue State, a solo featuring Kathy Dunn Hamrick..."
"...Dance Concert Dancestry, Shay Ishii Dance Company The Graham Reynolds Project, Ballet Austin Edge of Grace, Blue Lapis Light In Your Shoes, Tapestry Dance Company True Story, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company The Warriors, Arcos Dance..."
"...The word came right from the artistic director herself: In the dance we were about to see, there was nothing to "get." No weighty symbols, no coded messages. Just bodies moving through space in a movement exercise that she – Kathy Dunn Hamrick – had undertaken with four other choreographers to shake up her usual creative process..."