Sam Kim

Born of compulsion and curiosity, Sam Kim's dances inquire into the very nature of what dance is. They often focus on the margins of culture and behavior, valuing the edges, while courting the danger inherent in rejecting dance's heavy legacies. At heart, Sam considers herself an outsider working in an outsider's form--her choreographic practice is a means of deeply engaging in a personal game of brinkmanship. Since 2002, Sam has created several works: "Darling" (Performance Space 122, 2009), " dumb dumb bunny" (The Kitchen, 2007), "Cult" (Dance Theater Workshop, 2007), "AVATAR" (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), "Nobody Understands Me" (Dance Theater Workshop, 2004), "Placid Baby" (Performance Space 122, 2003) and "Valentine" (Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002). All of the above works were commissioned and presented by the premiere venues. Sam’s work has also been presented by other progressive venues such as Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Studio 303 (Montréal), the Unknown Theater (Los Angeles), Bryant Lake Bowl Theater (Minneapolis), the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Galapagos Art and Performance Space and Movement Research, among many others. Sam's work has been supported by awards from organizations such as the Lucky Star Foundation, the MAP Fund and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. Sam was a Spring 2010 Dance Theater Workshop Outer/Space Creative Resident, a 2007-09 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Dance Artist-in-Residence and a 2004-05 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Sam is the creator of "Real Feedback," a workshop devoted to looking at choreography through a contemporary, critical lens, and was a member of the Board at Dance Theater Workshop from 2006-2010. Sam has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony (2012), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2013), Baryshnikov Arts Center (2013) and NYLA's Studio Series (2013) to develop her latest evening-length work, “Sister to a Fiend” (working title). “Sister to a Fiend” will be a ritualistic work that reveals the secret and magic rites of liminal creatures in exile, obliquely inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and the work of conceptual clothing designer Martin Margiela.