New York City–based dancer, performer, teacher, Limón reconstructor and coach, KRISTEN FOOTE is originally from Toronto, Canada, and joined the Limón Dance Company in 2000 - where she was a principal dancer until 2017 - and Dance Heginbotham in 2011.
Hailed by the New York Times as "marvelously versatile" and "especially captivating", Foote has been recognized by Dance Magazine as a "Featured Artist" during 2011 and 2016, selected as one of the "Most Amazing Performers" of 2010 and one of their "Top 25 To Watch" in 2005.
This year, Foote staged Limón's Missa Brevis on the Limón Dance Company, marking the work's 50th anniversary celebrations. The piece will be performed as part of the Company's 2018 NYC Season at the Joyce Theater.
Ms. Foote has performed as a soloist in roles by many noted choreographers including: José Limón, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Jiří Kylián, Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovitch, Rodrigo Pederneiras, Susanne Linke, Murray Louis and John Heginbotham.
In 2015, she developed a solo dance project, The History of Her, that was lauded as "imposing, musical and subtle". The project had its international premiere in Paris, France and the U.S. premiere at Jacob's Pillow Inside Out Series. She has since performed Lar Lubovitch's solo Scriabin Dances at the Chicago Dancing Festival, American Dance Festival and at Lincoln Center; plus Isadora Duncan's Revolutionary Etude with Catherine Gallant/DANCE at St.Mark's Church. Other solos from the project have been featured at The Joyce Theater as part of the Limón Dance Company's 70th Anniversary Season: Limón International Dance Festival and Dance Heginbotham's NY debut season as well as during the U.S. State Department & BAM's DanceMotion USA tour throughout South East Asia.
She was a Radio City Rockette, has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, been featured as a lead dancer in music videos; was a guest artist with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener's 3D Dance on Film project Tesseract directed by Charles Atlas and was a featured dancer in An Ode To a performance piece created, composed, choreographed and performed by Solange Knowles for The Red Bull Music Academy Festival at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Ms.Foote is a teacher of Limón Masterclasses and Workshops, and re-stages Limón repertory across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
She is attending New York University Tisch School of the Arts for her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance.
Limón Dance Company in Missa Brevis. Photo courtesy of the José Limón Dance Foundation.
Some people believe that only new dances should be supported and seen live. By extension, they question the necessity of reconstructing older works, arguing that they should remain in the vault, or saved for archival viewings.
To some extent, I see their point. Room should be made for new voices and new works.