MK Ford in  Burnish , photo by Natalie Fiol

MK Ford in Burnish, photo by Natalie Fiol

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 artistic philosophies by inventing and re-considering methods of making. I am intrigued by intuition, and the athleticism of curiosity as it climbs through an Expressionist terrain. 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 archive.



KENDRA PORTIER (1978,Columbus, OH) is a maker, teacher, and performer. Her work has been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam’s obJECT/OBject (NY), Triskelion Arts (NY), Hunter College (NY), Gowanus Art+Production (NY), Dixon Place (NY), Dancing Literate Project (NY), Arts By The People (NJ), Dance New Amsterdam’s Splice (NY), RoofTop Dance (NY),  CRAWL (NY), the Duets Project (NY), Zenon Dance Company (MN), and additionally presented by Center for Performance Research (NY), Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Green Street Theatre (MA), Massachusetts Dance Festival (MA), 92 Street Y’s Fridays at Noon (NY), A.U.N.T. S (NY), Chez Bushwick (NY), WIREDarts (NY), and World Dance Alliance Summit in Angers (FRANCE). She was awarded the Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Residency (ME) and has been a Guest Artist at Salem University (MA), Bates College (ME), Colby College (ME), the University of Utah (UT), the Ohio State University (OH), Hunter College (NY), Pennsylvania State University (PA), Nebraska University at Lincoln (NB), New York Summer Dance Intensive (NY), Dancewave (NY), the nEW Festival (PA), Performance Projects at Dance New Amsterdam (NY), Peridance Capezio Center (NY), Broadway Dance Center (NY), the College at Brockport Summer Intensive (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), Oakland University (MI), New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (NY), University at Buffalo (NY), and Dance Education Laboratory (NY). Kendra is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2018), a member of David Dorfman Dance (since 2010), and on faculty at Gibney Dance Center.       .


BAND|portier (2012, New York City, NY) is a moniker for the dance, installation, and visual work(s) Kendra makes with the band of courageous beings she creates with. Past performers and collaborators include: 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, and Michael Ingle. MUSIC has included Super-heroes Mike Wall\SoundFORmovement and Albert Mathias, on COSTUMES we have had Casey Loomis and Delaney McDonough, and with endless support and PHOTOS...Marisa Jane Gruneberg/Rockpaper Photography.