KM Dance Project presents evening of dance featuring the works of three emerging New Orleans choreographers—Kesha McKey, Jarrell Hamilton, and Catherine Caldwell.
These bodies of work encompass the exhibition of the African American female body image and the establishment of European ideas of black female sexuality, emotional challenges, and physical manifestations in relationship to survival instincts, the body and soul of mother-daughter relationships, and all nationalities of people immersed in love through the power of music and social dance.
Presented with support from the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans' performance support program. This program is presented in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans, and supported by an Artistic Assistance Project Development Grant administered by Alternate ROOTS.
ABOUT KM DANCE PROJECT
KM Dance Project (KMDP) aims to present progressive choreography and innovative multi-disciplinary works that provide social commentary on issues. It is their intention to enhance the public’s appreciation of dance rooted in social justice, and promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora, while exposing deeply-rooted issues of community responsibility and empowerment.
As leaders in the New Orleans dance community, part of their goal is to provide professional dancers with choreography, performance, and overall artistic growth opportunities. They serve as a creative outlet for minority dance artists and are also committed to encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance as well as empowering youth with crucial leadership and development skills that facilitate achievement and success in the world of dance and everyday life.
KMDP's productions are focused on historical and socially conscious material which is staged and designed to move and inspire an audience. Birthing from the jazzy rhythm and blues, and funky second line rhythms, meaningful gestures are fused with abstract movement and codified technique to create narratives deeply rooted in historical journeys. Serving as a catalyst for a connection to community and cultural history, the work of KM Dance Project delves into the interdisciplinary realm, synthesizing elements of dance and theater to investigate truth, passion, spiritual joy and cultural identity
ABOUT KESHA MCKEY
Founder and Artistic Director, Kesha McKey, established KM Dance Project to provide professional performance and choreography opportunities for dancers in the New Orleans community a well as a platform to artistically present commentary on social justice issues. Her previous works, which earned Big Easy Classical Arts Award nominations, include Taken (2013) and Distorted Images (2012); addressing violence in African American communities as well as the growing absence of chief males in the African American family; and a personal outlook on self image—truth, discontent and the unrealistic expectations of female body image created by the media.