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Mission Statement

Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin, KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C) creates and shares provocative, witty, and engaging dances. Combining physicality with theatricality, K+C’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance samples a variety of mediums and, ultimately, fuses art with entertainment. K+C’s commitment to variety encourages harmony between professional & amateur and high-brow & low-brow, allowing for cross-pollination of audiences. Community projects seek to physically engage audiences in movement and the choreographic process, and bring new opportunities for individuals to become more invested in dance.

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Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin, KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C) creates and shares provocative, witty, and engaging dances. Since the company’s premiere performance, K+C has created 16 dances, including Natural Selection (2004), a theatrical microcosm of Darwinian theory set to music by Michael Gordon; Love Songs (2006), a romantic and playful series of duets that unfolds to classics by Aretha Franklin and Roy Orbison; and the large-scale choreographic event, Bolero (2007). Now a centerpiece of K+C’s outreach work, Bolero incorporates a cast of community members and dancers into a tableau of a specific demographic or geographical region. Based on the success of Bolero ADF (2007) and Bolero NYC (2007 and 2009), K+C premiered Bolero Colorado at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver in 2009 and developed Bolero Santa Barbara and Bolero Suburbia with audiences in 2010. Recent acclaimed works include Triptych (2009), set to original music by composer Jonathan Pratt and the site-specific Sidewalk (2009), set to Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning "Double Sextet" and commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim. K+C’s most recent dance, Bird Watching (2010) was made possible by the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program and premiered at the company’s first solo week season at The Joyce Theater in New York in March 2010.

Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and graduate from Hofstra University, where he received a BA in dance. Guided by Mr. Keigwin, KEIGWIN + COMPANY has presented performances throughout NYC and nationwide at venues including The John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, The Joyce Theater, Summerdance Santa Barbara, New York City Center, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and annually reaches approximately 25,000 individuals. K+C has received grants and generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, The O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts (BUILD Award), Dianne & Daniel Vapnek Family Foundation, and Royce Family Fund.

In 2004, Dance Magazine named Mr. Keigwin in their annual list of "25 To Watch." Recent commissions have included Works & Process at the Guggenheim, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, The New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The NYU/Tisch School's Second Avenue Dance Company, and California Institute of the Arts. In 2010, Mr. Keigwin was named the Vail International Dance Festival’s first artist in residence. In addition to his work with K+C, Mr. Keigwin has created Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque acts presented by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and by Symphony Space. As a dancer, Mr. Keigwin has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone's Le Sacre Du Printemps and Julie Taymor's The Magic Flute, in addition to his work as a principal dancer and Associate Choreographer with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in Dream Analysis), Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve. Mr. Keigwin has also worked with the pop band Fischerspooner, comedian Murray Hill, and as an Associate Choreographer for both The Radio City Rockettes and the Off-Broadway musical The Wild Party.

In 2006, Mr. Keigwin co-founded the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region, as well as provide creative residencies to young choreographers. In 2009, he joined the Board of Directors of Dance/USA as the Chair of the Artists Directors Council.

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