ARTIST STATEMENT (2015)
I trust dance as a revelatory vehicle for being and becoming.
I make dance in an attempt to authentically respond to the surreal nature of being. Dance has helped me make sense of the world and myself in it. It carves what does not easily land in direct translation, theme, or meaning into a sharable experience. Dance constantly reminds me to fully consider context- to value deep listening- to be patient- always try - and be fluid, specific, bold, and generous at the same time.
I am haunted by basic human themes and attracted to concepts often considered metaphysical and/or transdisciplinary. This leads me to explore concepts, such as family histories, Color Theory, ambition, the physics and psychics of magenta, and smog. This work requires me to shift perspective, thwart habit, unsettle any fixed aesthetic, and reconsider my philosophies. It is meant to be shared - experienced and tested together.
I do this work because I value the body and intuition. I am motivated by desire and curiosity. I trust the hairs that rise on the back of the neck and the ways we listen, see, and feel. I create poetic, full-bodied, live-performance experiences built upon social/personal advocacy. I strive for every movement, sound, design, image, class and drop of sweat to attest to these values.
Portier is an NYC-based maker, teacher, and performer. The projects she takes on are primarily dance works; drawing heavily upon her visual art practice and love for mathematics, science, somatic curiosities, and music. Originally from Ohio, Portier trained at BalletMet and received a BFA with Honors in Dance from the Ohio State University. She relocated to NYC-then-Boston-then-back to NYC and on to Illinois for an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has had the fortune of promoting dance works in diverse ways from San Diego to Salzburg, Dushanbe to Athens (Greece, Georgia, and Ohio) via her tenures with David Dorfman Dance and Vanessa Justice Dance. She has also performed in the work of Lisa Race/Race Dance, Sara Hook, Alexandra Beller Dance, Nicole Wolcott Dance, among others. Portier has held numerous guest artist and faculty positions, including those at Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morrris Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, and Peridance. Her work, housed under the moniker BAND (BAND|portier, BAND|kp), has been presented throughout the East Coast by multiple venues, receiving awards such as the Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Award (ME), Harkness Choreographer in Residence (NYC), Tisch Summer Festival at New York University Space Residencies (NYC), Mary Elizabeth Hamstrong Award (IL), and the Wand M. Nettl Prize for Choreography (IL). Currently, Portier is 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 her 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.