Dancing is a source of transformation, celebration, and affirmation. Choreographers Katlyn Addison and Jennifer Archibald make performances that show us the intricacies of emotional landscapes as they create new forms of dance that merge different vocabularies, including ballet, hip hop, and the art of fencing. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the importance of such creative artists, “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” The University of Utah School of Dance is fortunate to have both Addison and Archibald as guest choreographers working with student-dancers during this 2020-21 school year. On January 19 we will have a rare opportunity to watch recent works by these artists and engage in conversation with them and with Brooke Wertwijn, a University of Utah dancer who performed in Addison’s choreography entitled, Saint-George, The Composer, Fencer, and Creator. Archibald will be sharing her recent screendance called WeAIghT, choreographed by Archibald in collaboration with filmmaker Andrew Cashin, featuring dancer James Gilmer and music by Philip Hamilton. Please join us for an evening of creative brilliance and scintillating dialogue.
Kate Mattingly is an assistant professor at the University of Utah and teaches courses in dance histories, dance criticism, and dance studies. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Dance and Pointe magazines, and academic journals: Performance Research, Mapping Meaning, Dance Chronicle, Convergence, International Journal of Screendance, and Dance Research Journal. Her undergraduate degree is from Princeton University, her master’s degree is from New York University, and her doctoral degree is in Performance Studies from University of California, Berkeley. She has spent close to 20 years addressing and challenging inequities in dance education. In 2019, she received a Dee Grant to organize Dancing Around Race: Whiteness in Higher Education, with colleagues Gerald Casel (UCSC), Rebecca Chaleff (UCSD), Kimani Fowlin (Drew University), and Tria Blu Wakpa (UCLA). In 2020, she collaborated with Brooke Horejsi and Liz Ivkovich of UtahPresents to create Artists Elevated: Discussing Equity and Creativity in the Mountain West.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Katlyn Addison started her professional training at the age of ten with the National Ballet School of Canada and continued her training with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy. She was a member of the Corps de Ballet with Houston Ballet from 2007 through 2011. Katlyn is currently a First Soloist for Ballet West where she has danced since 2011. She made history as Ballet West’s first Black ballerina to dance the role of the “Sugar Plum Fairy” in Frederick Ashton’s “The Nutcracker”. Throughout the fall season of 2019-2020, Katlyn has been a Guest Soloist with Scottish Ballet directed by Christopher Hampson in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2015 and again in 2018, Katlyn choreographed “The Hunt” and “Hidden Voices” for Ballet West’s Works from Within Choreographic Program, and Utah’s Arts Festival in the Summer of 2019.
Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. She was appointed as the first female Resident Choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet’s 40-year history. This season she has created works for Cincinnati Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Ballet West, Sacramento Ballet and Stockholm’s Balletakademien and will create new works for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, BalletX and National Ballet of Canada in 2021. She was the acting Movement Director for Michael Kahn’s The Oresteia at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage and Central Park’s Summerstage Mainstage. Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is a Choreographic Winnings recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. Jennifer choreographed “Seven,” a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, which was commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO Dance Company. Arch Dance Company’s “Chasing Shadows” was remounted for Dallas Black Dance Theater for their 2018/19 season. She was also the 2018-19 recipient’s for the CUNY Dance Initiative Residency.
Archibald is currently an Acting Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama and was appointed as Guest Faculty Lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. She is also a guest artist at several universities including Fordham/Ailey, Purchase College, Princeton, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Florida, Goucher College, Columbia College Chicago, Miami New World School of the Arts, South Carolina’s Governor’s School of the Arts, Ailey Fordham, Boston Conservatory, and Point Park.
Brooke Wertwijn is a 2020 Women’s Artistic Leadership Initiative Fellow and will graduate from the University of Utah School of Dance in 2021 with a BFA in Ballet with a Studio Teaching Certificate and Business Minor. Brooke is currently a member of SALT’s Pre-Professional Training Company. She studied at Ashley Ballet Arts Academy in Minnesota under the direction of Ashley Burkland and received additional training from summer programs at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Boston Ballet School, Ballet West Academy, Dutch National Ballet Academy, Salt Dance Fest, International Ballet Summer Intensive (Korea), SALT’s LINK Festival, and NW Dance Project. Her choreography has been presented at Cathedral Dance Festival, the American College Dance Association’s Northwest Conference, and the University of Utah’s Ballet Showcase. While at the School of Dance, she has performed featured roles in Katlyn Addison’s Saint-George, The Composer, Fencer, and Creator, Rick McCullough’s Preludes, and Susan Jaffe’s Carmina Terra.