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Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's True Story
In Kathy Dunn Hamrick's new dance, communities, like truths, were fluid and the movement was incomparable
Arts Review  December 10, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company
In making her new dance, Kathy Dunn Hamrick kept turning things upside down
Arts Story  June 17, 2011, by Dawn Davis Loring
"...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..."

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's Disrupted
KDHDC and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance used classical music to launch into playful patterns and absurd rituals
Arts Review  December 8, 2016, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

More or Less
Kathy Dunn Hamrick's dance, performed to Steve Reich's Drumming in its entirety, had rhythms moving the dancers and moving through them
Arts Review  May 26, 2016, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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 Dance Company
The local choreographer chooses carefully two troupes to dance with hers
Arts Story  June 18, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company
An impossible symphony and a manipulated dance challenge our experience of time and memory
Arts Story  July 26, 2013, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Speaking of Dance
The difficulty of describing dance inspires choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick to create an ingenious 30-minute dance out of phrases from dance reviews.
Arts Story  April 25, 2003, by Sarah Hepola
"...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..."

Energy Abounding
Few words better encompass what the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Company is all about
Arts Story  July 7, 2006, by Barry Pineo
"...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."..."

Moving Backward to Go Forward
The opening of its fourth season finds the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company moving backward in order to go forward.
Arts Story  April 26, 2002, by Dawn Davis Loring
"...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..."

'Double Step'
Kathy Dunn Hamrick and Kate Warren bring their dance companies together, but they've been in step for decades
Arts Story  June 7, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Pun de Deux
Kathy Dunn Hamrick gives the lowest form of humor a lift in The BarreTenders
Arts Story  February 8, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Breathe, Fall, Suspend
Kathy Dunn Hamrick explains what modern dance is and why she keeps making it
Arts Story  April 30, 2004, by Barry Pineo
"...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?"..."

2016 Austin Festival of Dance
The second round of Kathy Dunn Hamrick's streamlined contemporary dance festival is as carefully curated as the first
Arts Story  March 3, 2016, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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...."

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
Arts Story  December 3, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz and Robert Faires
"...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..."

Ready for My Close Up
Dancing Where the Audience Can See Everything
Arts Story  November 7, 1997, by Stephanie Beauchamp
"...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..."

Retracing Their Steps
Two choreographers explain why it's tough to get old dances back on their feet
Arts Story  February 6, 2009, by Jonelle Seitz
"..."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..."

Sharing the Dance
A new generation of Austin choreographers is expanding our concept of dance through the combination of movement styles and traditions from across the globe, and Barbejoy Ponzio talks to them about the part fusion plays in their work.
Arts Story  January 21, 2000, by Barbejoy A. Ponzio
"...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..."

That Better Place
Choreographer Kate Warren and Her Crystal Eyes
Arts Story  August 14, 1998, by Barbejoy A. Ponzio
"...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..."

All Over Creation: Come and Don't Get It
You already have a job; no need to make another one out of figuring out art
Arts Column  June 25, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Royal Pair: Games We Play
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's latest offering, Royal Pair: Games We Play, offered abstracted versions of popular children's games with subtle humor and playfulness, yet the production's lighting and electronica-style accompaniment conflicted with the choreography in what seemed a friendly battle, for center stage.
Arts Review  May 11, 2001, by Dawn Davis Loring
"...The inspiration for Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's latest offering, Royal Pair: Games We Play, sprang from a quote from Cyrano de Bergerac ("No more wonder than getting a royal pair in a hundred casts of the dice"), Hamrick leash-training her dog, and the structure of games. A video introduction by Julia Halperin visually juxtaposed kids playing tag and red light/green light against snippets of dancers abstracting the movement in rehearsal and Hamrick running with her dog -- or should I say, her dog running with Hamrick holding on for dear life..."

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