Photo by Matthew Murphy
Pictured: Jaclyn Walsh, Ashley Browne, Chalvar Monteiro, & Brandon Cournay
Thankful that we can dance whenever and wherever we want (and we do)
Most thankful that we all have our physical and mental health
Thankful for all the support and creative collaborations over the last 10 years
Thankful to be part of an incredible community of wildly talented artists
Thankful for the ability to teach and the ability to learn
Thankful for all the students who inspire
Thankful for the joy we experience when sharing our dance
Thankful for laughter
Thankful for the adventure of travel and connecting with new audiences
Thankful for the gifts we have been given and the future of creating
Thankful to be working with a team of people who understand responsibility and how to have fun
Thankful for the onstage mistakes that remind us how LIVE it is
Thankful for the NOW…
Thankful for you!
People often ask me, “how do you document a dance? Is it written down?” Certainly, in this day and age, video recording is an option, but one of the coolest things about concert dance is that the work is directly passed down through the kinetic memory of individuals. Each generation that is cast in a particular dance will leave their imprint on that dance and then teach it to the next generation.
In our latest #sharethemattress video, K+C dancers Ashley Browne and Matt Baker become the 2nd generation of “Mattress Suite” as taught by Nicole and myself. I feel like a proud parent – so happy with their daring and sensitive contribution. Be the first to see their imprint at The Joyce Theater, Oct. 29 – Nov. 3rd.
Featuring Ashley Brown & Matt Baker; Music by Adam Crystal
Laurel Franchell…Where to even begin with Laurel?
Okay, you may know I started K+C with this incredibly talented and ambitious friend, Nicole Wolcott. We made a duet on a mattress, and, 10 years later, the collaboration and friendship still continues. As you might guess, Nicole got married to Jonathan Franchell, and they had a baby girl named Laurel. Here she is dancing on her mother’s bed. It’s as if she’s created the sequel to our signature work, “Mattress Suite.” Just watch this #sharethemattress video and you will quickly see how Laurel resembles her mother – sassy, smart, sly, and so fun.
Featuring Laurel Franchell with cameo by Nicole Wolcott; Music by Adam Crystal
We all have champions in our lives – people who lift us up, people who believe in us and support us through good and bad. Gus Solomons Jr. is a champion of mine. After my first show, Gus gave me a glowing review, and it was the boost I needed to move forward. I am forever grateful for Gus’ guidance and amazing example as a Dancer, Director, Actor, Teacher, and Writer. I’m also thrilled he agreed to #sharethemattress with K+C for our 10th Anniversary. I will always remember shooting this video in his apartment on Broadway – it was a wonderful morning catching up and creating.
Right after graduation from college, I auditioned for The Paul Taylor Dance Company. I didn’t get the gig, but my friend Michael Trusnovec did. It’s been a joy watching him dance leading roles in Paul Taylor’s works ever since. If you haven’t seem him perform, you should treat yourself!
I have always admired Michael as a mover and occasionally found myself starstruck watching him at barre in ballet class. It’s great fun witnessing a dancer’s career grow, and Michael’s trajectory is truly inspiring. We’re grateful, at this moment in time, for the opportunity to take a peek into his private world in this stunning #sharethemattress video.
Featuring Michael Trusnovec appearing courtesy of Paul Taylor Dance Company ; Music by Adam Crystal
I’m constantly reminded how inspiring the K+C network is as our family continues to grow to include new (and younger) friends…
Denise Dickens, a college friend of mine from 20 years ago, recently introduced me to the most adorable pair – Harper Mates and her one-year-old son, Colson. Harper and Colson couldn’t be more charming – both are delightfully sweet and ready for an adventure at any moment. How could we not feature them in #sharethemattress?
Featuring Harper Mates & Baby Colson; Music by Adam Crystal
Every once in a while, you catch a performance that is absolutely riveting. About a year ago, I caught Ryan Steele’s kick-ass performance in the Broadway musical Newsies – his personality leapt off the stage.
I get the impression that Ryan always gives 110%, and I was reminded of this when I recently saw Ryan grace the Broadway stage again with Matilda. It’s no wonder that he is also making his silver screen debut this week in Five Dances.
I’m incredibly grateful that Ryan made time in his busy schedule to dance on his mattress with us for #sharethemattress. I invite you to participate in the #sharethemattress project too (learn more here), and read on for some inspiring words from Ryan, a A New Yorker for Dance.
Featuring Ryan Steele; Music by Adam Crystal
K+C Warm Up for 10th Anniversary Gala?
Come Dance with KEIGWIN + COMPANY on Oct. 29. to celebrate TEN YEARS!
Video by Kit McDaniel; Featuring Matthew Baker, Ashley Browne, Brandon Cournay, Kile Hotchkiss, Emily Schoen, Jacklyn Walsh; Music by Peter Jurado
About 8 years ago, I made a male trio on my friends Kevin Scarpin, Todd Allen, and myself. Guess what? It was on a mattress! But only because there was a mattress in the studio already….and, to be honest, the studio was actually a garage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Years later, three uniquely talented dancers came into my life….three friends—three fierce, funny, fabulous (and foxy) friends—Matt Baker, Brandon Cournay, and Kile Hotchkiss. In this latest installment of #sharethemattress they recreate the magic of my first mattress trio. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!
Photos by Whitney Browne; Featuring Matthew Baker, Brandon Cournay, & Kile Hotchkiss; Music by Adam Crystal
Sometimes, spontaneous friendships can lead to the most fun collaborations. When my friend Shawn Mahoney sent me an impromptu invitation to go see musician Toby Lightman perform in a downtown club, I never guessed that I would be reacquainted with Toby years later as the star of a #sharethemattress video.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a delightful morning at Toby’s apartment on the Upper West Side collaborating on our newest installment of #sharethemattress. Not only did she dance like a rockstar, but she also gave us a sneak preview of one of her soon-to-be-released songs. I can’t think of a better way to share a morning than with song and dance.
I hope Toby’s playfulness shines through in this video and inspires you to indulge in a little spontaneous play as well.
Photos by Whitney Browne; Featuring Tobey Lightman; Music by Adam Crystal