ARTIST STATEMENT (2015)
I trust dance as a revelatory vehicle for being and becoming.
A love for the hairs that rise on the back of the neck. Desire as motor and as edit. A cultivation of corporeal trust, disbanded politeness, and direct choice-making without disguise. A love for the sublime and too much sweat. The absent and unseen as visible and voiced. An erasing of the fanfare. Electrified listening. Evocative events, charged sound, and all things visual.
I desire the action of doing over predetermined displaying, and I test my philosophies by inventing and re-considering methods of making. I am intrigued by intuition and the drive of curiosity. I seek to thwart habit and unsettle a fixed aesthetic. Body, coincidence, eccentricity, mistake, and love serve as gorgeous and grotesque ready-mades for poetic physics and social activisms: dance as voice for a cultural/personal/poetic archive.
I am an NYC-based maker, teacher, and performer. The projects I take on are primarily dance works; drawing heavily upon my visual art practice and transdiciplinary research in mathematics, science, and somatics. I am from Ohio, coming up through the Ohio State University, where I received a BFA with Honors in Dance. I moved to NYC-then-Boston-then-back to NYC and on to Illinois for an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I have had the fortune of promoting dance works in diverse ways from San Diego to Salzburg, Dushanbe to Athens (Greece, Georgia, and Ohio) via BAND, an 8-year tenure with David Dorfman Dance, Vanessa Justice Dance, Lisa Race/Race Dance, Sara Hook, Alexandra Beller Dance, Nicole Wolcott Dance, and numerous guest artist residencies. In addition, I have held faculty positions at Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morrris Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, and Peridance. My work, housed under the moniker BAND (BAND|portier, BAND|kp), has been presented throughout the East Coast by multiple venue;, earning the Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Residency (ME), Harkness Choreographer in Residence (NYC), Tisch Dance Space Residencies (NYC), Mary Elizabeth Hamstrong Award (IL), and the Wand M. Nettl Prize for Choreogprahy (IL). Currently, I am hustlin' in and between NYC and DC as faculty at Gibney Dance Center (NYC), Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland, and in-process with my new work Burnish (Magenta #2).
Founded 2012, New York City: Dance works by Kendra Portier and a magnificant BAND of prolific beings:
Anna Adams Stark, Edward Rice, Simon Thomas Train, Aya Wilson, Sydnie Liggett, Christina Jane Robson, Laurel Snyder, Molly McSherry, Katie Stehura, Sara Gibbons, Jasmine Hearn, Emma Judkins, Tristan Koepke, Patrick McGrath Needham, Maryanne Lachman, Meg Madorin, Dante Brown, Marcos Duran, Rebecca Lubart, Megan Adele Bascom, Meghan Frederick, Morgan Griffen, Theresa Elwell, Madeline Wilcox, Courtney Drasner, Jenna Reigel, Annie Kloppenberg, Michael Ingle, Leah Wilks, Kaitlin Fox, Alexis Miller, Phoebe Ballard, Lindsey Jennings, Mary Kate Ford, Natalie Stehly.
MUSIC + DESIGN
Super-heroes Mike Wall\SoundFORmovement and Albert Mathias, on COSTUMES we have had Casey Loomis and Delaney McDonough, and with endless support and PHOTOS we have Marisa Jane Gruneberg/Rockpaper Photography.