Kimberleigh A. Holman is an Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance and an artist working interdisciplinarily in dance, theatre and design. Her work gravitates to the exploration of human social interaction and behavior, both real and fictitious, miniscule instances or broad patterns, through comedic, dark, sensory or abstract narrative. As a mover and maker, one of her biggest considerations is authenticity; she hopes to enable those performing her work to find genuine ways to be present in the performance space and hopes to inspire viewers to react in genuinely felt ways of their own. Holman excitedly creates new work around these principles for Luminarium. Since founding the company in 2010 with Merli V. Guerra, Kimberleigh has shown work at venues such as the Boston Center for the Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), UMass Amherst’s Fine Arts Center, mobius, Mount Holyoke College, OBERON and in many more New England spaces, including the company’s recent commission to open TEDxCambridge at the Boston Opera House.
Kim is equally passionate about community-based projects, and coordinates Luminarium’s Arts in Action Project; an annual outreach program across Greater Boston that strives to make social impact through youth arts experiences. Past projects include coordinating programming with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the South Boston Community Health Center, OUT MetroWest, Italian Home for Children, and bringing the company’s free DANCE+ Series across Somerville, Boston and surrounding neighborhoods. Additionally, Kim dreamt up Luminarium’s 24-Hr ChoreoFest in 2012 to demystify the creative process and build and develop community inside and out of Boston’s dance scene.
Besides nearly 80 performances and projects with Luminarium across New England, Holman’s freelance work has included choreographing or directing over twenty theatrical productions for various Boston performing arts organizations, and setting new choreography on dancers across New England. Kim enjoys working with with college students; recent projects include a modern dance/orchestra collaboration with composer Justyne Griffin at Ithaca College, creating work as a guest artist at Providence College and choreographing musical theater at Babson College. She will be making new work as a guest artist at Endicott College in early 2018. A former classical pianist, she also loves collaborating with musicians. In addition to the aforementioned project at Ithaca College, Holman has performed alongside Forbes Graham (trumpet, electronic music), and frequently works with Jenn Allen (trumpet, jazz composer) and Christos Zevos (bass, electronic music, PhD candidate at New England Conservatory). In 2015, Kim was invited to collaborate with Boston's art-rock band Jaggery on a piece as part of a Leonardo da Vinci themed concert at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). She was recently commissioned by Boston New Music Initiative to make a new concert dance work to accompany a musical composition by Hakki Cengiz Eren, both debuted live in April 2017.
Kim is frequently hired as a guest artist, speaks to groups on her career as an arts entrepreneur, and serves on multiple boards of directors in the Boston dance community. Some of her favorite recent projects include a music video she created on Luminarium dancers for Boston band Jaggery, recently screened in Bucharest, a collaboratively-built sixty-minute solo performance piece exploring vulnerability and intimacy, and a research and performance project where she traveled up the Eastern Seaboard, performing in public locations in each of the fifteen East Coast states.
In addition to her professional work, Kim recently made the decision to return to school. As a master’s candidate in Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program she is exploring the intersections of dance, theatre and design, especially through the lens of human interaction.
Based in Boston, MA
Available for hire: Choreography (modern, contemporary, musical theatre), Teaching/Master Classes (modern, contemporary, jazz, composition, production, technical theatre), Lighting Design, Installation/Performance Art, Lectures/Speaking Gigs
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