Bio & Artist Statement
Kate Hilliard is a Toronto based dance artist with a practice in creation, performance and teaching. Her choreographic works have been presented across Canada and New York City. Most recently she collaborated with Robert Abubo and Jeremy Mimnagh, creating La Jeune Femme et La Mort for Toronto’s Dance Made In Canada festival. Kate has performed with Ottawa’s Le Groupe Dance Lab and toured extensively with Montreal’s Fortier Danse-Création. In 2006 she moved to Toronto to accept a company position with Toronto’s Dancemakers, where she created and danced with the company for four years. As an independent artist, Kate has worked with Susie Burpee, Nova Bhattacharya, Marie-Josée Chartier, Margie Gillis and Tino Sehgal.
Kate teaches contemporary dance technique and creative studies classes to dancers and actors, and has worked with multiple training institutions including The School of Performance at Ryerson University and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Hilliard’s pedagogical inspiration is born from a desire to merge artistic forms. Her workshops have facilitated many cross disciplinary collaborations, such as her 2010 tour of While We Were Waiting, which brought together students from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU and dancers from Arts Umbrella in Vancouver.
Hilliard studies Art History at The University of Toronto. She is embarking on an MFA in Creative Practice with urgent curiosity for the dance community in Canada. Believing that our cross-disciplinary work requires new presentation models, she is interested in movement art that reflects global issues and interests and seeks non traditional performance spaces to encourage the dissemination of this genre. Kate aims to research the continued interaction between dance and the public, committed to finding new measures for its development in contemporary culture.