Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer, earning distinction from Dance Magazine as an artist with “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality”.
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Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer and director working across media. McNamee earned distinction from Dance Magazine as an artist with “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality.” Kitty began her career as the Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Co., a consistently prolific and creative collective that redefined dance in Los Angeles. Kitty’s work has been enriched by collaborations with composers, filmmakers, directors, and writers on live performance, TV, and film projects.
Recent work includes LA Opera’s La Traviata and Tales of Hoffman, Sense and Sensibility at South Coast Rep, LA Phil’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Target’s “A New Kind of Strong” campaign, Secret Cinema’s groundbreaking live performances with Laura Marling in London and The Fantasticks at Pasadena Playhouse. She has also begun directing, as well as choreographing, short dance films. Her first film, "The Yellow Room", screened at over 24 festivals world wide.
Kitty loves working with actors and is known for her ability to draw out organically nuanced performances. She has created for Paz Vega, Julianne Hough, Margaret Cho, Vanessa Williams, Vittorio Grigolo, Lily Tomlin, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, the boys of 90210 and the ladies of the L- Word. Kitty has loved getting down and dirty choreographing Beautiful and Twisted, Petals on the Wind and Lizzie Borden for Lifetime. She has created movement for music artists Laura Marling, Belly, Fono, Josh Kelley, Kait Weston, Kinky, Hecuba, Nicole Turley, Henry Wolfe and Ariana Delawari.
Commissions include: The Farewell, a work inspired by Agnes de Mille commissioned by SDC’s Abbott Awards; and RIFT commissioned by Marin Alsop and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which was recently performed at the Kennedy Center. She has also created the new ballets Traces and Transit for National Choreographer's Initiative and colony for LA Ballet.
Kitty collaborated with music icon Easy Mike to create a new hip/hop ballet of On the Waterfront for Muse/ique. Opera credits include Tales of Hoffman, Lucia de Lammermoor, Don Carlo and La Rondine for LA Opera, La Traviata for LA Opera, San Francisco Opera and San Diego Opera, Romeo and Juliette for LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has a long and fruitful relationship with the LA Philharmonic, where she has choreographed, directed, and developed new productions including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing. On the commercial front clients include Target, Mercedes, Adobe, FIDM, GreyAnt, Uniqlo, Proactiv, Wynn Hotels, Devlinhair/Novartis, Flash on the Beach, MADD, Hexbug and Magic Sofa.
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Dance Camera West
Los Angeles, California
2018
Best Experimental Film
The Yellow Room
Santa Cruz International Film Festival
Santa Cruz
2018
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Contact Dance Film Festival
Portland, Oregon
2018
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
River Film Festival
Padova
2018
Shortlisted - Best Arthouse Film
The Yellow Room
Fastnet Film Festival
Schull
2018
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Short Waves Festival
Poznán
2018
Nominated for Best Original Score
The Yellow Room
Kerry Film Festival
Killarney, Co. Kerry
2017
WINNER - BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
The Yellow Room
Paris Independent Film Festival
Paris
2017
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Olympia Film Festival
Olympia, Washington
2017
Award of Merit - Women Filmmakers
The Yellow Room
Best Shorts Competition
Semi Finalist
The Yellow Room
Dublin International Film Festival
Dublin
Award Winner
The Yellow Room
WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
Houston, Texas
Current City
Los Angeles
• “An outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality” -- Dance Magazine
• “Her (McNamee's) insights about intimacy proved especially provocative in this depiction of the rootlessness and isolation of contemporary freedom.” -- Los Angeles Times
• “One of LA's most intriguing choreographers” -- LA Weekly
• “Fresh and original, surely “colony” (composed by Anna Clyne) belongs in L.A. Ballet's permanent repertory, alongside Balanchine and Lar Lubovitch.”-- Los Angeles Times
• “Kitty McNamee is a natural” -- Dance Magazine
• “Hysterica was hypnotic…we never wanted it to end” -- New York Magazine
Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer, earning distinction from Dance Magazine as an artist with “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality”.
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