ABOUT THE COMPANY
Established in 1997 and based in Seattle, Lingo dancetheater is an interdisciplinary performing ensemble, presenting their athletic works of dance theater around the world. International engagements include Canada, Japan, Ecuador, Germany and Cuba. Most notable national performances include OtB, Umass Amherst, Vanderbilt University (TN), Delta State University (MS), The Southern Theater (MN), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Inside/Out, (MA), Evergreen State College, and The West Coast Bagnolet Platform (L.A.) among others.
The company’s artistic integrity has been recognized by such institutions as The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Dance Project, The National Performance Network, Meet the Composer, Centrum, Artist Trust, Seattle, Washington and King County Arts Commissions, Allied Arts, Arts International, The Bossak/Heilbron Foundation and The Jack Straw Foundation.
Following the Seattle premiere, the company will present Relatively Real at St. Olaf (MN), U.C. Riverside and Sushi (San Diego) in the 2005/06 season.
For more information about Lingo dancetheater, visit our website at www.lingodance.com
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER
KT Niehoff received her performance education from such mentors and visionaries as Joy Kellman, Jimmy Tripp, Stella Adler, Lisa Sokolov, Duaine Wolfe, Katie Duck, Laurie DeVito, Daniel Lepkoff and Nina Martin. She holds a B.F.A. in theater from New York University. KT began her dance career in 1992 teaching and performing. She received her teaching certificate in The Simonson Technique and began teaching at Dance Space Inc. in New York City, while simultaneously mentoring with Joy Kellman in her Lewitzky-based technique. In 1992 she re-located to Seattle.
Her first four years in Seattle, KT performed with The Pat Graney Company and began her own teaching practice at Dance Center Seattle, drawing from both Ms. Simonson’s and Ms. Kellman’s methodologies to create her own contemporary technique ideology.
KT began choreographing in the Northwest in 1995, and founded her company, Lingo dancetheater, in 1997. With Lingo, she has created four full-length works and numerous short works. She has been commissioned to create dances for Mt. Holyoke College, St. Olaf College, Cornish College of the Arts and the d-9 Dance Collective.
In 1996 KT co-founded Velocity Dance Center with Michele Miller, which has since grown to be the epicenter of Seattle’s professional dance community, offering over 30 weekly classes and a 99-seat performance venue. Aside from teaching regularly at Velocity, KT has taught technique and composition world wide at institutions including The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, The School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam), Oberlin University (Ohio), Estudio 3 (Madrid) and Evergreen State College.
KT is the recipient of three Seattle Arts Commission Individual Artist awards (1998, 2000 & 2002) and is a 2001 Artist Trust Fellow.