The intersection between the minutiae of our lives and the unpredictability of our circumstances is a central theme in my work. My continued interest in this collision has found, for me, a natural home for investigation in the body. Themes of longing, loss, hunger, intimacy, vulnerability, desire, loneliness, etc., show up over and over again and often in the context of trying to guard against, cope or bargain with the unknowable and uncontrollable. In addition to the themes listed, I often investigate the ways little (seismic) shifts between us can spark surprising, unalterable sequences of events that change us forever. Nothing that we stand on is truly static. As the world we live in takes shape through its motion, my work seeks to understand the truths revealed in the places where the cracks begin to show.
KATIE FAULKNER, Artistic Director
Originally from North Carolina, Katie Faulkner is a choreographer, performer, teaching artist and the Artistic Director of little seismic dance company. Since founding the project-based company in 2006, Faulkner has received support in the form of numerous grants, commissions, residencies, and awards. She was an Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco's ODC Theater from 2009-2011 and has been in residence at the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Rauschenberg Residency, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She has received two CHIME Grants from the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company enabling year-long choreographic mentorships with choreographers David Gordon and Erika Chong Shuch. Faulkner has also received multiple Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and nominations, the top prize for her work in the Joyce Theater A.W.A.R.D. Show! / San Francisco competition, and the 2010 SF Bay Guardian GOLDIE (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) Award for dance.
In addition to her direction of little seismic, she works as a freelance choreographer developing works for a variety of platforms. In so doing, she has collaborated with composers, animators, filmmakers, writers, fellow choreographers and theater and music video directors. Faulkner has been commissioned to create multiple works for universities, presenting agencies and professional companies throughout the country and enjoys the balance of these projects with those of her company. As a dancer she has performed the works of Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Randee Paufve, Victoria Marks, Susan Rethorst, Alex Ketley, and Ann Carlson. She worked with several of these choreographers as a dancer with AXIS Dance Company, with whom she performed both locally and nationally from 2003-2007. She has been an active educator since 2002 and is currently on faculty at the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley. In January 2015 she received her certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis from the Integrated Movement Studies program.