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.
Katherine earned her MFA in Dance from Ohio State University (2019), where she received a University Fellowship for Graduate Study (2016-2017) and an Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship (2019). In addition, she has a BA in Dance from Hope College (2010) and 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). Since then, she has relocated back to Columbus, OH, where she works as an independent artist and educator on the homelands of the Shawnee, Miami, Wyandotte and other Indigenous Nations. She is a frequent guest artist and adjunct faculty at central Ohio schools such as Ohio State University, Ohio University, and Ohio Wesleyan University.
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).
Recently, Katherine has held creative residencies at The Croft (MI, 2021), Akron Soul Train (OH, 2023), Keshet Center for the Arts (NM, 2023), and Wildacres Retreat (NC, 2023), and she has also received grant funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council. Katherine is a frequent collaborator with artists Claire Melbourne, Kathryn Nusa Logan, and Jacklyn Brickman.
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.