Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
Claire Kendall began her dance training in her hometown of Santa Fe, NM at the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. She attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a Ballet Concentration and went on to receive her BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase College. While at Purchase, she was selected to study abroad at the Korea National University of Art in Seoul, South Korea, where she focused on Choreography and Dance Performance. As a professional dancer, she has worked with the Merce Cunningham Trust, Meow Wolf, Cindy Brandle Dance Company, Nosilla Dance Project, Symbiosis Arts, T2 Dance Company, and Hannah Kahn Dance Company. She is currently dancing with Impact Dance Company in Fort Collins, CO.
Since her choreographic debut in 2015, Claire has premiered numerous creations in New York, Seoul, and Colorado. In 2019, she formed Colorado’s first environmental contemporary dance company, Claire Kendall Creative Projects, as a platform for her work.
Claire was first exposed to the world of Environmental Art while studying at Colorado College in 2016. She has since created several Environmental Art projects with a variety of collaborators; including musicians, photographers, animators, videographers, chefs, poets, and fellow dancers.
Sophomore (Wise Fool)
Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO in March 2019
Solo created for Anna Hooper about the seemingly mundane yet highly frustrating perils of starting adulthood. Could be considered a duet with a skateboard. Music by W. A. Mozart. Lighting by Craig Bushman.
The Gaslamp Killer / A Midsummer’s Nightmare
Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO in March 2018 / Boulder Int. Fringe Festival, Boulder, CO in August 2018
Created at Springbreak Choreofest for T2 Dance Company. A combination of horror and humor. Lighting includes headlamps and a lantern onstage. Music by The Gaslamp Killers. Lighting by Claire Kendall.
Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College in November 2017
Inspired by the book Bee Time, Lessons from The Hive by Mark L. Winston. Created with twelve dancers in collaboration with Jazz Musicians Saul Cosme and Joshua Nelson. Performed with live music and in the round. Lighting Design by Syma Rose.
Union Square, NYC / Purchase College both in April 2017
Site-Specific Dance exploring the importance of Keystone Species created for the event Earth Day NYC 2017 in Union Square hosted by Earth Day Initiative. Later performed on Purchase College Campus for SUNY Purchase Earth Week 2017 with live music by Saul Cosme.
Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College in March 2017
A narrative inspired by the lyrics of folk song Late July written by Shakey Graves. Created with four dancers and actor Gabe Bradley.
Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College in April 2016 / National Theater of Korea, Seoul, SK in December 2016
A memory of love and loss. Created for two dancers in collaboration with singer Alexa Rosenberg and inspired by the libretto of Abendempfindung by WA Mozart. Restaged for the 2016 Seoul Choreography Festival.
Die Halbe Nacht
National Museum of Modern Art Seoul (South Korea) in December 2016
Created by Ja Young Chung in Seoul, South Korea. Dance and New Media/Animation collaboration about the Jeju Ferry disaster of 2014.
Packard Hall Gallery at Colorado College in July 2016
Art Book: using GIS, Dance, and Photography to present data on rates of snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains. Collaboration with photographer Brent Jacoby.