Katherine G. Moore is a movement and teaching artist whose work spans theaters, outdoor environments, galleries, and community spaces. Her work as a performer and choreographer has appeared professionally throughout the US since 2010, with recent projects exploring transformation and embodiment in relationship to somatic and environmental encounters. As an educator and community arts facilitator, her work encourages individual and collective transformation through personal expression, reflection, and connection across difference.
Among other professional performance credits, Katherine was a company member and teacher with Dances for a Variable Population (New York, NY), a multi-generational dance company, for many years. Throughout her career she has had the pleasure of performing or presenting her own work in venues that include Jacob’s Pillow (MA), Dixon’s Place (NY), LaMama (NY), Center for Performance Research (NY), Movement Research at Judson Church (NY), Dumbo Dance Festival (NY), RADFest (MI), The Flea (NY), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NY), Greenspace (NY), Ohio State University (OH), Urban Arts Space (OH), and the University of Southern Mississippi (MS). Recent and upcoming engagements include a Rootstock Residency at The Croft with collaborator Claire Melbourne (MI, 2021), guest workshops at University of Colorado-Boulder (CO, 2022), the Keshet Maker Space Residency with collaborator Kathryn Nusa Logan (NM, 2023), and a guest workshop at the 2023 Ohio Dance Festival.
Katherine earned her MFA in Dance from Ohio State University (2019) and is the recipient of other awards and grants, including the University Fellowship for Graduate Study (2016-2017) and Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship (2019). Katherine earned a BA in Dance from Hope College (2010), and she is a 200hr certified yoga teacher through the Perri Institute for Mind & Body (2013). Katherine taught on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2019-2022, where she became a Distinguished Teaching Scholar through the Association of College and University Educators and received a Teaching Innovation Mini-Grant (2021). She now resides in Columbus, OH, on the homelands of the Shawnee, Miami, Wyandotte and other Indigenous Nations, and works as an independent artist and educator. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach as an adjunct lecturer at Ohio State University during the spring 2023 semester.
Photo by Tiana Kargbo
As an artist I occupy many roles: choreographer, performer, community facilitator, collaborator, improviser, writer, educator– all of these roles are integral to my artistic process and support my contributions to the field. For myself, and with all the communities I engage, I center movement experience as a site of individual and collective imagining, well-being, and play. My work rests and thrives in collaboration with others, repeatedly revealing how the artmaking process offers me practice for living with cooperation, interdependence, and respect for both human and non-human. While diverse in my creative interests, my research returns again and again to the power of movement as a transformational force for humans and their relationships to the world. My most recent projects have explored transformation and embodiment in relationship to somatic and environmental encounters– the body as “site” and site-based movement experience are ongoing threads in my work.
My practice is primarily rooted in physical investigation that attends to the body's deep responsiveness to both material and somatic states and environments. Drawn towards improvisational modes of working, my work frequently honors the instinctual, the affective, and the often ineffable quality of embodied experience. I am interested in improvisation and choreography as processes of somatic inscription, as methods of creating embodied archives of that which seems uncapturable: memory, sensation, time, place. My persistent aim as an artist is to gather the residues of these physical experiences and reveal them in ways that are visible and felt to my audiences and participants. This work requires that I make work slowly, with care for myself and others. My work lives always in process, inviting space and time for reimagining new practices for living.