Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Sam Kim

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Brooklyn
MacDowell fellowships: 2012

Born of compulsion and curiosity, Sam Kim's dances inquire into the very nature of what dance is. They often focus on the margins of culture and behavior, valuing the edges, while courting the danger inherent in rejecting dance's heavy legacies. At heart, Sam considers herself an outsider working in an outsider's form -- her choreographic practice is a means of deeply engaging in a personal game of brinkmanship.

Since 2002, Sam has created several, long works: Darling (Performance Space 122, 2009), dumb dumb bunny (The Kitchen, 2007), Cult (Dance Theater Workshop, 2007), AVATAR (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), Nobody Understands Me (Dance Theater Workshop, 2004), Placid Baby (Performance Space 122, 2003) and Valentine (Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002). All of the above works were commissioned and presented by the premiere venues. Sam's work has been supported by awards from organizations such as the Lucky Star Foundation, the MAP Fund and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation.

Sam has been awarded residencies at MacDowell (2012), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2013), Baryshnikov Arts Center (Spring and Fall 2013) Movement Research (2013-14) and New York Live Arts (2013-14) to develop her latest evening-length work, “Sister to a Fiend” (working title).

Studios

Nef

Sam Kim worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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