Kirstie Simson


Associate Professor

Kirstie SimsonKirstie Simson has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called "a force of nature" by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has "immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance," according to Time Out Magazine (London). Simson's eternal subject is freedom, as she dares to go beyond the boundaries of form and structure to create movement out of the rhythm of life itself.

For the past 30 years, Kirstie has collaborated with many dancers and musicians who share an interest in improvisation, including Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Simone Forti, Michael Schumacher, Adam Benjamin, Julyen Hamilton, and Le Quan Ninh. She teaches throughout the world with notable companies, such as Cloud Gate in Taiwan and Sasha Waltz and Guests in Germany, and leads open workshops and classes in institutions of learning, including the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, the Danish National School of Performing Arts, and SNDO in Amsterdam.

Kirstie was awarded a Dance and Performance Award from London's Time Out as "a unique figure in the dance world," and Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times wrote that "Kirstie Simson is justly celebrated in Britain for exquisite, sensuous dancing." She is renowned today as an excellent teacher and captivating performer who is a leading light in the field of dance improvisation, and she has created a film about dance improvisation with filmmaker Katrina McPherson. In January 2008, Kirstie joined Dance at Illinois.

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