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1st Winter #KCoIntensive

4 days of Moving and Creating with 30 dancers at Gibney Dance 280 at our 1st Winter Intensive.

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Larry’s summer adventures from End to Beginning. First New Victory Theater, Fire Island Dance Festival, New Zealand and then the Bronx!

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Dancing Through The Bronx

Larry Keigwin and members of KEIGWIN + COMPANY went to three different parks in the BRONX and created three different pop-up dances with members of each community. We performed these dances as a part of Dancing In The Streets’ site specific festival, “Dancing Through The Bronx”.

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#KCoIntensive 2014: Day 1

This is our 3rd Annual Summer Intensive at The Juilliard School. Dancers are dancing with K+C for one week. Taking technique with our dancers, tuning your creative skills with Nicole Wolcott, learning KCo Rep, and making a new dance with Larry Keigwin.

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K+C at Spoleto Festival USA

KEIGWIN + COMPANY toured to Charleston, SC for the 2014 Spoleto Festival. KCo performed audience favorites including “Megalopolis”, “Runaway” and “Lovesongs” as well as “Canvas” and “Seven”.

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K+C at Pocantico

KEIGWIN + COMPANY spent a week at the Rockefeller Brother’s Estate in Tarrytown, NY for a creative residency with Larry Keigwin and the company. Creating and dancing in the Estate’s Carriage House, which is called “Pocantico”.

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NEW MOVES: symphony + dance

Check out the whole behind the scenes story on K+C’s collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra!

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K+C SNEAK PEEK Video: Day 1 of symphony + dance

K+C Dancers talk about Day 1 of the creative process for two new works.
Join us in D.C. for the world premieres!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.

Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 7th, 7pm
Thursday, May 8th, 7pm

Accompanied by the acclaimed National Symphony Orchestra in the inaugural season of NEW MOVES: symphony + dance festival, K+C will present the world premieres of Episodes & Waterfront, set to Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music.



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K+C SNEAK PEEK Video: symphony + dance


Catch the premieres of our two new works!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.

Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 7th, 7pm
Thursday, May 8th, 7pm

Accompanied by the acclaimed National Symphony Orchestra in the brand-new NEW MOVES: symphony + dance festival, K+C will present the world premieres of Episodes & Waterfront, set to Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music.


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K+C SNEAK PEEK: symphony + dance

Photo by Whitney Browne

Photo by Whitney Browne, Dancers: Matthew Baker & Kile Hotchkiss

Stay tuned here for behind the scenes videos of K+C’s latest collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.

Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 7th, 7pm
Thursday, May 8th, 7pm

Accompanied by the acclaimed National Symphony Orchestra in the brand-new NEW MOVES: symphony + dance festival, K+C will present the world premieres of Episodes & Waterfront, set to Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music.


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K+C is Thankful for…


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!

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#sharethemattress – Ashley Browne & Matt Baker

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 TheaterOct. 29 – Nov. 3rd. 

Larry Keigwin 
Artistic Director

Featuring Ashley Brown & Matt Baker; Music by Adam Crystal

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Laurel, K+C Family’s Youngest Star

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.

Larry Keigwin

Artistic Director

Featuring Laurel Franchell with cameo by Nicole Wolcott; Music by Adam Crystal

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#sharethemattress – Gus Solomons Jr.

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.

Larry Keigwin

Artistic Director

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#sharethemattress – Michael Trusnovec of Paul Taylor Dance Company

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.

Larry Keigwin

Artistic Director

Featuring Michael Trusnovec appearing courtesy of Paul Taylor Dance Company ; Music by Adam Crystal


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#sharethemattress – Harper & Baby Colson

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?

Larry Keigwin
Artistic Director

Featuring Harper Mates & Baby Colson;  Music by Adam Crystal

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#sharethemattress – Ryan Steele

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.

Larry Keigwin

Artistic Director

Featuring Ryan Steele; Music by Adam Crystal

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Have you seen…

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

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#sharethemattress – Matt Baker, Brandon Cournay, and Kile Hotchkiss

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!

Larry Keigwin
Artistic Director

Photos by Whitney Browne; Featuring Matthew Baker, Brandon Cournay, & Kile Hotchkiss; Music by Adam Crystal

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VIDEO: #sharethemattress featuring Toby Lightman

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.

Larry Keigwin
Artistic Director

Photos by Whitney Browne; Featuring Tobey Lightman; Music by Adam Crystal

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VIDEO: #sharethemattress featuring Austin Scarlett

One of the great pleasures of living in NYC is people watching. Every now and then, you discover a person in public who is hard to ignore. Austin Scarlett, with his unique sense of style and theatrical flair, is one of these gems. Sure, I’ve seen him out and about in NYC and on Bravo’s Project Runway, but he really made an impression on me when I sat next to him at a small dinner party. As you might expect, Austin is quick with clever conversation and a great storyteller.

Certainly all of this is captured in the fashions he creates, but I hope it is also here, in his #sharethemattress dance filmed in his own bedroom. In public and in private, Austin is an inspiration wherever he goes.

Larry Keigwin
Artistic Director

Photos by Whitney Browne; Music by Adam Crystal; Featuring Austin Scarlett

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#SHARETHEMATTRESS – A Video Project Celebrating 10 Years of K+C

Dear K+C family,

In celebration K+C’s 10th Anniversary, it feels appropriate to start where we began – with Nicole and I pulling the mattress off my bed and creating a duet…Now, here we are, TEN years later (me with a little less hair, and Nicole with a two-year old daughter) – and it feels wonderful to return to the dance, Mattress Suite, that originally cemented our friendship and collaboration.

In the spirit of this work, I am asking people who have been an inspiration to me through the years to create their own mattress dance and #sharethemattress in this special video series that will be released in the weeks leading up to our Joyce season.

And, if you feel inspired, I invite you to create your own #sharethemattress videos to share with us! Be playful, bounce around, express yourself and dance as if nobody is watching.

Post your videos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube with the tag #sharethemattress so we can find, watch, and share.

I hope you can join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary at The Joyce Theater. I love the community that has come together around K+C over the last TEN years, and I can’t think of better way to share this joy than to dance.


Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director

Photos by Whitney Browne; Music by Adam Crystal; Featuring Nicole Wolcot + Larry Keigwin
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Vail International Dance Festival

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Green Box Arts Festival

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Santa Barbara: Where magic happens.

Written by: Brandon Cournay

March 10th, 2013

Rehearsal at the Lobero.

KEIGWIN + COMPANY‘s 10th Anniversary Season continued last month as we found ourselves in warmer weather, (yes, again!) when we embarked on a three-week residency in Santa Barbara provided by the incomparable DANCEworks. The uniqueness of DANCEworks is that they do not just provide space for us to create, but the space given to us is a theater. Creating in a theater is an absolute gift; you have the rare opportunity to craft your work in a space and utilize every tool the theater has to offer. The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara is where the magic happens. K+C, having been in residence there in 2010, was fully aware of this priceless opportunity given to us and jumped right into work. Thanks to the Lobero, DANCEworks, a few rain curtains, and Larry’s guidance, magic happened.

Week 1


Girls, a trio danced by K+C’s stunning female dancers, Ashley Browne, Emily Schoen, and Jaclyn Walsh, was the first piece Larry created while in Santa Barbara. Although, Girls can easily be considered the counterpart to the male quartet, Contact Sport, which Larry choreographed a year ago, Girls stands alone with its own uniqueness and inventiveness. Using four different colored rain curtains that serve as both a backdrop and prop, the girls weave in and out of them, play witty revealing tricks with the audience, and burst through the curtains leaving a shimmering impression on the stage.

Set to timeless Frank Sinatra music, the vibe of the piece is demur yet dignified, classy, and feminine. Choreographically, each of the girls shine in solo moments, which showcases the individuality of each dancer. That flavor is combined with intricate and challenging unison sections that radiates joyous energy. It’s imperative to note that Girls could not have been created without DANCEworks. Having access to the theater and being able to choreograph with the curtains every day was a pure artistic gift.

In the evenings, when the girls and Larry weren’t creating with curtains, they were dancing with members of the Santa Barbara community. After the smash hit of Bolero Santa Barbara during K+C’s previous residency, Larry was inspired to make a (first of its kind) music video staring the Santa Barbara community. After a week of rehearsals, Larry, Ashley, Emily, Jaclyn, and their  cast hit Santa Barbara hot spots like the County Courthouse, Dolphin Fountain, and the Lobero Theatre to shoot their music video. The video opened our show and was naturally titled, Showtime!

Click here and watch K+C’s Santa Barbara community music video… Showtime!

Week 2

Matt biking on the beach.

Matt, Aaron, Gary and myself were so pumped to fly out to join our female colleagues and see what they had been up to. After seeing Girls, we laughed, screamed with pride, and were more excited and inspired than ever to begin creating alongside them; the result being something unexpected and oh, so rewarding. We began our week with a playful dance phrase and ended it with a brand new creation, titled Seven. Set to “No Opera” by Manyfingers, Seven adds a new texture to our repertoire. The movement has unexpected breakouts of dynamic partnering, and a theme of community. Never leaving the stage, we join each other in unison dance phrases, weaving in and out of each other, not unlike a game of human Tetris. The piece is luscious, cyclical, and fulfilling.

After spending our days in the theater, we rallied up enough energy to enjoy so much of what Santa Barbara has to offer. We biked to the beach, took a Zumba class with the music video participants, and performed Love Songs at a DANCEworks fundraiser, Boogie Nights at the Oreana Winery.

Week 3

Diane Vapnek and Larry Keigwin have been friends for over 15 years

The beginning of our final week on the west coast began with a company barbeque to welcome the remainder of the K+C crew arriving for the residency. We were ecstatic to reunite again! After many laughs and lots of catching up, we got busy next morning, putting our program on its feet, which turned out to be one of the biggest in K+C history. We performed our largest works, 12 Chairs, Runaway, and Megalopolis, our Santa Barbara creations, Girls and Seven, as well as Contact Sport, which has been re-titled, Boys. The house was filled with fervent and cheering audiences of new friends and returning fans.

We are indebted to give an enormous THANK YOU to Dianne Vapnek for her continued support and love of KEIGWIN + COMPANY, and for providing us with this one of a kind opportunity, yet again. We would also like to show our gratitude to all of our friends who hosted and welcomed us into their homes for various events so graciously throughout our stay.

Watch this video of our time at DANCEworks. Video by David Bazemore!

Santa Barbara sunset.

Even though we have been avoiding the winter weather past few months, we are looking forward to sending some time at home in NYC! We are rehearsing and gearing up for shows this month in Queens, NY and creating a new Bolero at UNC Greensboro in North Carolina. And, stay tuned for more 10th Anniversary news and events as the year continues. We. Can’t. Wait!


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Mahalo, Hawaii.

February 6, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

Soaking up the Hawaiian sun pre-show.

Tours, Repertoire, Anniversaries… oh my! 2013 is off to an exhilarating start for KEIGWIN + COMPANY, and is gearing up to be one for the record books. We began the year as most dance companies do, getting ready for the annual APAP conference in New York City. APAP always feels like a happy dance reunion, and it was so exciting to share the stage and re-connect with some of the finest dancers and companies around. K+C presented the dazzling Twelve Chairs and Trio at Dance Gotham at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts and New York City Center’s studios.

Immediately after APAP, K+C embarked on a ridiculously awesome 10-day tour to Hawaii. We could not have been more excited to leave the cold winter weather behind and soak up some tropical sun. After our 14-hour travel day, we finally landed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the island of Maui. We were excited to get leid in the dark of the night when we arrived at our hotel, but the anticipation was killing us to be able to see Hawaii in the daylight! We awoke the next morning a bit jet-lagged, but eager to enjoy a day off playing on water slides and eating fresh papaya on an island that was nothing short of paradise.

Having the opportunity to travel the world and dance is one the biggest gifts we are bestowed with. We definitely do not take these amazing opportunities for granted, so we took advantage of everything Hawaii had to offer. We soaked up the sun, tasted the local flavors, snorkeled, paddle boarded, and successfully surfed. (Even though there some wicked awesome local children were showing us up).

K+C in Hawaii

Don’t get me wrong! Our island hopping adventures was not just all play and no work. When it came time to be in the theater, we were enthusiastic and focused. Larry had told us that this was the first time K+C has ever performed the same program consecutively on a single tour, and we were ready to rock the house. We performed a program of K+C classics, Caffeinated, Love Songs, Contact Sport, and Triptych.

We collectively traveled on seven airplanes, rented eight cars, stayed in twenty-one hotel rooms, taught three master classes to local dancers of all ages (lead by Larry and Gary), AND performed to sold out and enthusiastic crowds on three Hawaiian Islands. After our first show in Maui, we were greeting at the stage door by dozens of fans eagerly waiting for us to take photos with them and sign autographs. It was in that moment that we realized our presence in Hawaii was such a special success.  It was a privilege to have had the opportunity to share our work and connect with new fans and friends so far away from home.

Larry teaching class in Hawaii.

Our time in Hawaii was an experience we will never forget, personally and professionally. It had many highs and I would say, only one low…. When we left Ashley’s suitcase at the airport, oops! SORRY ASH.

Believe it or not, K+C wasn’t just taking over Hawaii this month. In addition to our APAP performances and tour of the islands, KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s repertory was being set  across the country. Runaway was being staged simultaneously at Elon University by Kit McDaniel as well as at Lindenwood University by Kile Hotchkiss. Aaron Carr was setting Air at Fieldston School in the Bronx, and I am currently setting Caffeinated at Southeast Missouri State University.

Kile Hotchkiss with the Cast of Runaway at Lindenwood University

Kit McDaniel with the Cast of Runaway at Elon University

January has set the pace for a busy and exciting year for the company. In addition to an anticipated season of creating, performing, and touring…

KEIGWIN + COMPANY is celebrating it’s 10th ANNIVERSARY!

Stay tuned and follow along for updates on upcoming celebrations, and special events to help us celebrate the past, present, and future of K+C.

Next up for KEIGWIN + COMPANY: We are returning to DANCEworks in Santa Barbara, CA for a creative residency and performances on February 9th – March 2nd. Click here for more info about the residency and tickets to the show!

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Bolero celebrates Chicago

September 4th, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

For three weeks, Larry, Ashley Browne, and Gary Schaufeld led more than 60 eager local participants through the magic of creating Bolero Chicago. They immersed themselves into the Chicago culture by going to White Sox games, taking a boat tour on the Chicago river, and teaching master classes to dancers at local studios. But ultimately, their inspiration came from the participants and their stories.  “Bolero captures one very distinct facet of the Festival: to invest in the future of dance by growing audiences. In the case of Bolero, this happens through participation,” Elysabeth Alfano wrote in The Huffington Post. Bolero highlighted the city’s infamous Loop transit system, the Chicago Bulls, and the hustle and bustle of this Midwestern metropolis.

Read Elysabeth’s article in the Huffington Post here..

From the inside, the sense of community created through the development of Bolero is just as rich as the performance itself. I was both excited and moved when reading this quote from an interview with participant Helen Hudson in the Chicago Tribune,  “I love to dance, and, for anyone who does, this is a dream come true.” Check out the full article in the Chicago Tribune which includes a video of Larry in action during a rehearsal for Bolero.

Bolero Chicago. Photo: Cheryl Mann

Donned in red, white, and blue, the dancers of Bolero Chicago anchored the Chicago Dancing Festival performing in the opening celebration at the Harris Theatre as well as the closing night of the festival, under the stars, at the gorgeous Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park. Bolero celebrated the culture of Chicago, and shared the joy of dance with audiences both young and old.

Next up for KEIGWIN + COMPANY: Creative residency on Governor’s Island!

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A tour worth Olympic Gold. K+C at Bates Dance Festival

August 13th, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

KEIGWIN + COMPANY finished up our exciting performance-filled summer this past weekend at Bates Dance Festival. After a quick flight and a scenic drive through Maine, K+C dancers reunited with Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, and Emily Schoen, who were already up at Bates, teaching and creating work with students at the festival. K+C has a long history with Bates. Larry and Nicole met while they were both students there, Larry is a former emerging choreographer at the festival, and this marks the second time K+C has been invited to perform at the festival. We were honored that our final show on Saturday was a Gala Performance to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Bates Dance Festival. K+C presented a dynamic and physical program which included TrioTriptychContact Sport, and Natural Selection.

Schaeffer Theatre at Bates Dance Festival

Throughout the week we rehearsed, presented an educational (and entertaining) lecture/demonstration, and took advantage of the amazing classes taught by the Bates Dance faculty. Our first day at Bates, all of K+C took Larry and Emily’s class. It was so physical and encouraging! Their positive energy was contagious. After jamming with their students, we then split up and explored the remainder of classes the diverse faculty had to offer. Inspiration and investigation was flowing freely with with so many teachers and students from around the world. We danced a ton!

Jackie warming up for Larry and Emily’s class.







Between classes and rehearsals we worked hard, but we played hard as well. We took a trip to the beach, played a ton of games, and watched a ridiculous amount of Olympic gymnastics. (Congrats Gabby!)

K+C cups backstage.

Ashley and Emily at the beach.


K+C also had a lot to celebrate. First of all, baby Laurel, Nicole’s daughter, got her first tooth and stood on her own for the first time! Laurel has become K+C’s biggest cheerleader, she watches us dance with bright eyes, and now claps right on cue when we are finished. We also celebrated Aaron Carr’s 25th birthday while we were at Bates! We had many birthday festivities including a great meal, an outdoor Tie-Dye party, and our evening ended by taking turns hitting a Unicorn pinata in our front yard.

Tie Dye Party!

New wardrobe.

Our week up at Bates definitely ended our busy summer on a high note. We were in the company of incredible dancers and choreographers, had a set of great performances, and got to live in a house all together. After the gala performance, K+C parted ways. Larry, Nicole, and Emily were left in an empty (and quiet) house, where they are staying to teach one more week at Bates and Gary and Ashley flew straight to Chicago to start the creation of Bolero Chicago!

Gary getting ready for the pinata!


K+C has had an amazing summer. We look forward to the premiere of Bolero Chicago during the Chicago Dancing Festival on August 20th & 25th, as well as our residency on Governors Island this fall. Exciting things ahead!

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Summer fun! Bolero Red Bank

July 25th, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

Gorgeous view from our housing.

Last weekend, KEIGWIN + COMPANY rocked it out on the Jersey Shore. We were performing at the beautiful Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. K+C presented an action-packed evening of dance with works including Caffeinated, Love Songs, Triptych, and Contact Sport. Closing out the program was the premiere of Bolero Red Bank!

60 members of the Red Bank, New Jersey community (and a few pets) came together with Larry Keigwin and dancers, Gary Schaufeld and Jackie Walsh, every day for two weeks to create Bolero Red Bank. We sunbathed, danced with towels, and tossed beach balls to create the ultimate Bolero beach party.

Bolero is first and foremost about the community. Each Bolero is created to reflect everyone in the piece, and where they call home. The enthusiasm and buzz around Red Bank leading up to Bolero was both inspiring and electrifying.

Bolero props backstage.


After the final dress rehearsal, we celebrated with a pizza party! While chatting with our youngest cast members (ages 5-13), I realized there are two ingredients that make Bolero magical for people of all ages–being on stage and making new friends. Our youngest dancers told me that they were super pumped to share the stage with their new Facebook friends!

For a peek inside the Bolero creative process, check out this awesome article in The Hub, written by Kristen Dalton.

K+C gives a huge shout out and thank you to everyone involved in Bolero! We are so excited to have made many new friends and had a blast dancing alongside the Red Bank community.

The cast of Bolero Red Bank

Next up for KEIGWIN + COMPANY at Bates Dance Festival in Maine. August 2nd – 4th.

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3-2-1. K+C Adventures

July 11th, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

3 cities. 2 world premieres. 1 forest fire…

June 2012 is one that that will go down in the record books for KEIGIWN + COMPANY.

Our adventurous month began here in New York City where we performed seven shows at the Joyce Theater for full and enthusiastic audiences. Performing in New York is always such a thrill for us; we feed off of the energy from our hometown audience that is filled with friends, fans, and family. We also enjoyed engaging new fans and first-timers to a K+C show… some of which were spotted doing Megalopolis walks down 8th Avenue!

Joyce 2012

The eagerly anticipated K+C world premieres, Twelve Chairs and Contact Sport, were met with celebrated reviews and responses. We rounded out the program with the beautifully cyclical Trio, and audience favorite, Megalopolis.

Read some of our reviews from the Joyce season here: The New Yorker and Off Off Off Dance.

It was a quick turnaround after our closing night at the Joyce. We went home, packed our bags, and reunited the next morning to travel to North Carolina for American Dance Festival. We enjoyed six sunny, summer days at ADF.

Nicole and Laurel at the pool.

We unwound at the pool, took amazing classes, and made friends with dancers from Scottish Dance Theatre, who invited us to watch their rehearsal.

At ADF, we presented all four works from the Joyce program, as well as Natural Selection, which was commissioned by and premiered at ADF in 2004. Natural Selection is physical, raw, and hasn’t been performed since 2009. It was so fun remounting Natural Selection and watching it grow on the company.

After ADF, we headed off to our eagerly anticipated residency at Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. K+C was pumped for outdoor rehearsals, nature, and family style dinners. Unfortunately, our residency was cut short because of the Waldo Canyon Wildfire that ignited during our second day there.

Waldo Canyon Fire

K+C evacuating!

Unpredictably, we were forced to evacuate, so K+C retreated to Vail to escape the danger. Although the K+C Colorado residency didn’t go exactly as we had planned, our spontaneous trip to Vail was an unbelievable adventure that was shared and cherished by dear friends. We were treated with wonderful care, enjoyed the scenery of the Rockies, went to the Vail International Music Festival, AND still had rehearsal!

K+C on Vail Mountain.

We thank everyone in Green Mountain Falls and Vail for the hospitality and care provided for us. Devastatingly, many homes and lives have been lost in the Colorado wildfires and our sincere condolences go out to everyone affected.

K+C is grateful to be back home in NYC, safe and sound. We are back in rehearsals gearing up for our performances next week in Red Bank, New Jersey. Looking for a quick getaway from the city? Next Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th we will be performing K+C favorites as well the world premiere of Bolero Red Bank more than 50 community members. Come join us! For ticket and program info, click here.

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Fantastic Firsts for K+C

June 7th, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

The Cowles Center season program

The past few weeks have been jam packed with lots of firsts for KEIGWIN + COMPANY.

We had so much fun performing and making new friends on the company’s first ever tour to Minneapolis. K+C was thrilled and honored to be the first out of town company to perform in the gorgeous and brand new, Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. We danced an eclectic mix of K+C repertory, as well previewed 12 Chairs for a new audience. As the curtain went up, revealing our newest creation for the first time, we were collectively nervous, eager, and buzzing with anticipation. We were given a wondrous and gratifying response.

Newspaper in Minneapolis

Prior to our trip to Minneapolis, K+C held our first ever summer intensive, Let’s Make A Dance. We spent an intense and inspiring week at the Juilliard School with students from all across the country. We began each day with a group warm up, followed by repertoire and partnering classes led by K+C dancers. The students were then introduced to Larry Keigwin’s creative games.

Led by Larry and Nicole, the students began collaborating and generating pools of material and phrase work, just as he does with the company. The week concluded in a studio showing featuring the two dances Larry choreographed on the students using everything they had created together.

It was so exciting to see the growth and progress made by the students in just one short week. The energy during Let’s Make A Dance was contagious. The company definitely walked away proud and inspired.

Students of Kco's Let's Make A Dance Summer Intensive

Now, we are looking forward to the future. In less than one week, we open at The Joyce Theater. We have an amazing program lined up with an audience favorite, Megalopolis, the beautiful Trio, and the WORLD PREMIERS of Contact Sport and 12 Chairs……This is a show you will not want to miss.

See you at the Joyce!

KEIGWIN + COMPANY will be at the Joyce all next week. June 12th-17th.

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Rehearsal Notes From Larry: Part 3

JUNE 5, 2012

By: Larry Keigwin

What? Really? Opening night is just one week away and with two world premieres, you can guess I’m not sleeping much.

I love putting the final touches on the dance, it really is the icing on the cake. This past weekend we had a sneak preview of 12 Chairs in Minneapolis at the new Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, where we had the chance to add those final ingredients — costumes, lights, action, and attitude. We loved test driving the work for the fantastic audiences in Minnesota and can’t wait to share it with you next week. I couldn’t be happier with how the new dances have developed and the company has never looked better.

Here are five more fabulous reasons to join us at The Joyce Theater next week on June 12-17th.

1. Be the first to see 2 World Premieres.

2. Listen to two completely new pieces of music, one by Jonathan Pratt and one by Adam Crystal.

2. Watch 12 incredible dancers strutting their stuff.

4. Because it’s summer and it’s a night out. (P.S. It’s only one hour long, no intermission, and it’s air-conditioned).

5. Be a part of the discussion – have a thought provoking conversation with your friends, share your opinions, What did you like? What didn’t you like? What did it mean and how did you feel?

There’s a seat waiting for you at the Joyce….


pics by Whitney Browne and Matthew Murphy

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Rehearsal Notes from Larry: Part 2

KICK OFF your summer with KEIGWIN

You know it’s summer when you see seersucker suits and iced coffees on the street. I am always surprised by the unexpected moments of inspiration I often find on the streets of New York. While recently walking around the city, I discovered some costume ideas for our new work Twelve Chairs.  Speaking of walking, I’m happy to have ditched the crutches and boot. Being a pedestrian again feels so great, as does the inspiration that comes with it.  Here are a few pictures I took along the way:

I love these dresses I saw late one night on the UES, but realized later they would be impossible to dance in.

Speaking of costumes – here is a sketch of a few costumes that costume designer Liz Prince is working on for Trio (formerly Balloon Dance).

And if what Liz makes doesn’t work out, I thought I would get these great white shirts. I might get them anyway.

Say goodbye to the boot and crutches. Just in time for the speedo.

This is what happens when you spend too much time in your apartment unable to walk. Kiss those days goodbye! I’m up and about enjoying the first days of summer and ready to rock it at The Joyce Theater on June 12 -17th.

See you there,


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The Dancer Perspective: Twelve Chairs. Part 3

May 24th, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

Week one of rehearsal: “Alright, you guys! Let’s go to position one,” Larry says. We stand up, leave the chair we were just working with, find a new one, and go to position one.

Week four of rehearsal: “Alright, you guys! Let’s go to position one,” Larry says. With ownership, we swiftly cling to the chair we have been working in. We now carry and bring it with us to position one.

Our chair has truly become an extension of our dancing selves. We’ve built such a relationship with these chairs, that leaving your own personal chair just doesn’t seem right. “I felt like I was meeting a new partner for the first time. At this point, I feel comfortable just throwing myself into it,” Kile’s statement reminds me of when Larry tells us to, “Partner your prop!”

Over the past four weeks, Twelve Chairs has evolved from just a single exploratory task to a rich, layered, and compelling work.  After our final sketch was complete, I asked dancers Ashley Browne and Kile Hotchkiss their thoughts on the process from beginning to end. “I did not expect the piece to look like this at all! Out of all the work Larry has created, this has the most focus of intention,” Ashley says.

Kile notes that, “Now that we are looking at the movement more specifically, Larry had brought up the idea of letting the design lead the piece, rather than layering the intention over top of the movement.”

Twelve Chairs adds a fresh vigor to the K + C repertoire. Within the three distinct sections, this piece has plenty of generously striking movement, but subtleties as well.  Kile pulls images from our process as inspiration, “We started out with waiting room ideas, then images of band practice, then this deep idea of a mental institution.”

Putting the finishing touches on the piece has brought up a lot of discussion of personality. Ashley says. “It’s casual. You can be casual with the movement, but there is an orderly fashion about it… We are now trying to find a universal language.”

This past week KEIGWIN + COMPANY concluded the creative process for Twelve Chairs the same way it began, with endless possibilities. While working on the final moment of the piece, Larry Keigwin was having us sit, stand, fall, and face a different directions. What will be the final picture? You’ll have to come to find out!

This process has been challenging in the best ways possible, and the hard work can definitely be seen in the result. I have never been more excited to perform a piece. In just three short weeks, Twelve Chairs will make its debut. Don’t miss out on this exciting new work!

Once again, I asked my colleagues to describe the creative process in one word.

“Particular.” – Ashley Browne “Anticipation.” – Kile Hotchkiss

Check out the premiere of Twelve Chairs at The Joyce Theater, June 12-17.

Photos by Whitney Browne

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