anonymous bodies || art collective is an interdisciplinary performance company co-directed by Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, based in New York and Philadelphia. As a collective, the two co-directors create work independently and collaboratively, creating an array of art projects, that range from solo performances in gallery settings, to larger performance installations on-site. It is a project-based company that collaborates with a diverse group of dancers, visual artists, musicians, stylists, and DJs. It draws upon the traditions of visual art, post-modern dance, site-specific study, conceptual and performance art, audience participation and public spectacle. Known for their creative use of ordinary space, anonymous bodies “has a gift for making pockets of space feel infinite. Wild imagination ruled.” (The New York Times)
anonymous bodies have been presented by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Harlem Stage at The Gatehouse, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Dance Place, ODC Dance, The Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, Velocity Dance Center, DanceBoom at the Wilma Theater, PIFA/Kimmel Center, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series, and Philadelphia Dance Projects. The co-drectors have been guest artists at colleges including University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Drexel University. The company has received funding from The Map Fund, a program of Creative Capital, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Independence Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PennPAT, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The company is on the PennPAT touring roster.
Kate Watson-Wallace (co-director) is a choreographer and visual artist. She has received numerous awards for her choreography including: A Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Choreography, two Map Fund Grants and a Doris Duke Exploration grant through Creative Capital, multiple grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The PA Council on the Arts, The Independence Foundation and Penn PAT. She has choreographed music videos for: Black Dice and Animal Collective. Recent Commissions include: new works for ballet companies Ballet X and Meredith Rainey/Carbon Dance Theater, and commercial commissions for: Hotel Monoco/Kimpton Hotels and RedBull Art-of-the-Can.
The company has shown work at venues nationally, including: The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance Place, ODC Dance, Velocity Dance, Movement Research at Judson Church, and Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Kate creates site-based installation in our everyday spaces. Works include HOUSE, a performance for 15 audience members inside an abandoned row home, CAR, an audience for 4 audience members who sit inside a moving vehicle, STORE, a performance installation inside an abandoned mega-store, Everywhere, a participatory on-line dance experience, and contest, and a flash mob for 100 community members at the Kimmel Center’s International Festival of the Arts, Her most recent work, Mash Up Body, a new installation under the mentorship of Miguel Gutierrez, premieres at Pittsburgh’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater in spring 2013, where she is in residence for the year. Visit: www.katewawa.com for more information.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (co-director) Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a producer, curator, poet, choreographer, and performance artist. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as a part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and an inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University.
Rooted in a creative mission to push history forward, Kosoko’s work in theater and dance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. His new solo performance work entitled other.explicit.body. premiered in April 2012 and is currently touring nationally. As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater among others. Kosoko’s poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, and Silo, among other publications. In 2011, Kosoko published Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor: Poems for Detroit (Old City Publishing). He is a contributing correspondent for Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), and Critical Correspondence (NYC). Visit: www.philadiction.org for more information.