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October. One exhibit opening. Two gallery performances. Blind Contour. 

Blind Contour-Drawing Into Movement

Created by Katie Elliott With the Dancers of SPB. Music: Peter Gregson, Circle Traps. Soundscore Construction: Katie Elliott.

The Process

Blind Contour hand drawingsIn response to the gallery environment that it is performed, this piece is as much about the practice of drawing as it is about dance. Used as a warm-up exercise to build hand eye coordination for visual artists, the blind contour is made by drawing an object, keeping the pen on the paper to create a single-line, at the same speed the eye travels. The intention/task is to develop careful observation of an object rather than producing a pre-conceived image of how one thinks the object should appear. By using this same process in dance we are attempting to find the internal initiation of movement that is task driven rather than the execution of pre-determined steps. With blind contour drawings created by the choreographer and dancers, this piece is a series of studies revolving around the idea of point and line moving through the body as a continuous line. As individual line/movement intersects, duets, trios and larger groups emerge through intersection.

“…visually mesmerizing, a contradictory mixture of clumsy and graceful lines, smears and smudges, all of which ‘speak’, with quiet insistence, about the body that made them: the body in its presentness, leaving marks to indicate its pastness.”—Helen Molesworth on the drawings of Trisha Brown

Blind Contour Video Excerpts, October 2014 SAINT PAUL BALLET

Caroline showing

Saturday, October 4, 6-9pm
Meet Caroline Yang | Short performance 7pm

Grand Central-St. Paul, 1672 Grand Avenue, St. Paul


Saturday, October 18, 7:00, 7:45 and 8:30 pm
American Museum of Asmat Art
Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
$15 Adult, $10 Student/Senior. TICKETS>

PrintFriday, October 24, 7:00, 7:45 and 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 25,  7:00, 7:45 and 8:30 pm
Three Sisters Eclectic Arts, 253 E. 4th St., St. Paul
Tickets $15 Adult, $10 Student/Senior. TICKETS>




September 9-12, 2014 Katie Elliot in Residence

Ms. Elliot was in residence with the SPB company to set her work Blind Contour for the upcoming Gallery Installation in October. 

Unknown-1Katie Elliott’s company is 3rd Law Dance/Theater in Boulder Colorado. She has created, produced and choreographed original evening-length dance/theater works that embrace diverse movement vocabularies, visual styles and musical sources. With her husband and co-director, Jim LaVita, she has constructed works that speak to human universals with a thoughtful and socially aware vision. Through her art she attempts to awaken the widest and most diverse audience to timely issues through original works of dance/theater art. Her major works have addressed issues of migration, age, faith, tradition, personal psychology, and natural disaster.

Her works have appeared on the stage in Colorado, where the company is based, as well as at the International Dance Festival in Hong Kong, in Taipei, Taiwan, at the American College Dance Festivals in Washington D.C. and Tempe, Arizona, on campuses such as Colorado State University, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Colorado, Utah State University and the University of Utah. Elliott has also collaborated on numerous works in different genres including stand alone pieces and site-specific works. She has worked with Grammy-nominated musician Art Lande on an improvisatory music/dance concert in five movements (Objects In Mirror…), with Hannah Kahn Dance Company, with nationally-known jazz choreographer, Nancy Cranbourne, and her company, “40 Women Over 40,” and with companies such as Boulder Ballet and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. This past summer Elliott taught and choreographed for the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and Interweave Dance Company.

Site-specific works and installations have appeared at the Denver Art Museum, SPARK Gallery in Denver, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Colorado Art Institute. Elliott created a work around the Laser Harp, constructed by visual artist Jen Lewin, and for the opening of the visual arts project, The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces, curated by author Jennifer Heath at The Dairy Center for the Arts.

She and her husband and co-director, Jim LaVita, are the recipients of the 2009 Colorado Dance Alliance “Cutting Edge” Award, and, in 2008, in recognition of her art, she received a Neodata Endowment Fellowship for Dance (awarded every three years) for the artistic excellence of her accumulated body of work in dance.

Elliott teaches professional classes in modern dance technique through the company. She has been invited to teach Master Classes in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Denver, and across the country. She began her teaching career as an instructor for the University of Utah Liberal Arts Dance Program and as a guest artist at Utah State University. In Colorado, Elliott has been a faculty member at the School of Boulder Ballet and the Colorado Repertory Dance School, where she taught beginning to professional level modern technique and composition classes.

Elliott graduated from the BFA program at the University of Utah, where she was awarded the Dee R. Winterton Award for outstanding choreography. At Utah she studied with Abby Fiat. She also holds an MFA in Dance from the ADF-Hollins MFA Program, and there studied with Jeffery Bullock.

She trained and performed in London where she was on full scholarship with the London Contemporary School of Dance, and in New York as a full scholarship student with the Jennifer Muller Dance Company, and for two years at the School of the Chicago Ballet. Elliott had also been awarded scholarships to The Graham School and the Cunningham Studio and studied with M. Darvash, at Darvash Ballet Studio in New York, and Finis Young. Previously she trained in Colorado with Barbara Demaree and Larry Boyette at Ballet Arts Studio. A native of Boulder, she returned to the Denver/Boulder area, where she danced with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Colorado Repertory Dance and other independent choreographers before founding 3rd Law Dance/Theater to perform her own work and the work of her collaborators.

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