KT Niehoff is an omni-disciplinary generative artist. Her mediums include choreography, music, film, space, design and building communities programs. She has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Performance Wing where she began building and directing her own work.
In the early 90’s she moved to Seattle, WA to perform with the Pat Graney Company, touring throughout the US, Europe and South America performing Ms. Graney’s seminal work, Faith. Simultaneously she was a founding member of the D-9 Dance Collective, a cooperative of nine women that commissioned, produced and performed new dance works by local and national choreographers.
In 1996 KT narrowed her focus to pursue two, parallel paths – 1) form a company to consistently create and direct her original compositions and 2) found the Seattle based arts space, Velocity Dance Center, with co-founder Michele Miller. During her 10-year tenure at Velocity, KT instituted four instrumental programs to facilitate the growth of the Seattle dance community – Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive, The Guest Artist Series, SCUBA National Touring Dance Alliance and The Bridge Project.
Her career as a generative artist began with a commission from On the Boards in Seattle and by 2006 she had built five evening-length works that toured performance venues and colleges throughout the US and in Japan, Canada, Germany and Ecuador.
In 2006 she left her post at Velocity to pursue her creative works full time. It was at this point her focus shifted to audience/artist proximity, resulting in the majority of her work happening outside the proscenium. Her wide-ranging training and experience facilitated her growth from a collaborative choreographer to an interdisciplinary creator designing every aspect of her work – audience integration, music, design, movement, and choice of space, food and drink elements. Her works have evolved to be immersive, multi-sensory, multi-dimensional pieces, embedded into theaters, city streets, books, images, films, dinner tables, bars, private homes, mailboxes and conversations.
As an educator, KT has built three pedagogical systems that she has taught and refined for 20 years. Reinvent Your Eye – Tools for Abstract Composition, Physical Practice, a daily training class for professional dancers and her dance/film workshop Frame by Frame. She has taught at numerous festivals and universities including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Oberlin College, Cornish College of the Arts, Texas Christian University, Mt. Holyoke, The University of Washington, The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts and the SNDO, Amsterdam.
Notable fellowships, awards, articles and grants include:
New Filmmakers NYC Official Selection (’15), Miami Short Film Festival Official Selection, (14’), MAP Fund recipient (’12-’13), Cover Feature City Arts Magazine (’13), Cover Feature Dance Teacher Magazine (’12), Artist in Residence ACT Theatre, Seattle (’10 & ’12), San Francisco International Dance Film Festival Official Selection (’10), The National Performance Network (’06-’12), Dance Magazine’s “International Women in Dance” featured artist (’08), MANCC Fellow (’06), The Stranger Genius Award for Velocity Dance Center (’05), The National Endowment for the Arts (’05, ’06), The National Dance Project Creation Award(’05), The National Dance Project Production Award (’03), Arts International (’03), Artist Trust Fellow (’01), Meet the Composer (’99) and multiple awards from King County’s 4culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and The Bossak/Heilbron Foundation.
In March, 2017 KT completed her newest immersive performance titled Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds, using live dance, music, an installation of floating star-like objects hovering at neutral buoyancy, an interactive audience environment and Virtual Reality Video. The show was based on four individuals with extraordinary relationships to their bodies – Soyeon Yi (astronaut), Maurice Hall (in-line speed skater), Shevanthi Daniel (near death experience survivor) and Michael Grady (para-rower). The piece will be installed at the IMAGINE Film Festival at Earthdance in MA the fall of 2017.
KT is the proprietor of 10 degrees, her art+event space opened in 2011, which she designed and built. 10 degrees is a commerce driven venture that supports the philanthropic artistic mission of the space through private event rentals.