un petit peu plus (commission for Toronto Dance Theatre)
"Kotze is so skilled at drawing the parameters of her off-kilter world, that we come to recognize what can be uniquely funny inside of it."
"Kotze’s work is quirky, exuberant and good-humoured. In fowl-like fashion, dancers flap arms or jut heads. They run, sashay and stomp; none of the angst that too often weighs heavily on Euro-dance."
FIND YOURSELF HERE
"The work lives in real time – and speaks to audiences today who find the charm, lively brightness and vivid beauty, and the unholy mess of their own lives in Kotze’s poetic piece."
"Kotze’s dance is a dance of life, vivid, chaotic, unexpected, moments of subtly and unbridled hamminess, joyful and reserved."
"...examines space as both a performative and a static environment while drawing the audience to come to its own conclusions about the work that rattles expectations about dance and art, collaboration and individuality, harmony and tension."
"Collaborations in Dance often operate on the following formula: Choreographer and designated visual, film and/or sound artist decide to collaborate. They meet, they discuss, they agree on a concept, they work independently for several months. The resulting piece is a dance with supported sound and visuals , and we don't see collaboration. It becomes just about the dance, not about crossing disciplines or being inspired by one another. This disconnect is symptomatic of an increasingly insular and bland dance community. If this disconnect is the status quo, then choreographer Joanna Kotze's "Find Yourself Here" at Baryshnikov Arts Center is an act of rebellion."
"What emerges is a fascination in form, its construction and degradation, and the driving necessity to define and redefine oneself in space."
Active attention to form is the fore-grounded performative action in FIND YOURSELF HERE – the title implies this active self-awareness; locate yourself, do it now."
"They both keep dancing. Moments of silence, of stillness, shock with power. When they finish, I am speechless."
The rest of everything (commission for the James Sewell Ballet Company)
"Of the four dances, New York-based choreographer Joanna Kotze’s “The Rest of Everything” takes the largest leap into the form of ballet, breaking it open for a look."
It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen
"As a dancer, Ms. Kotze possesses such clarity of intention that even when she’s losing her balance in an off-kilter position, her body has a natural way of organizing itself. There’s a bit of Lucinda Childs in her coolly beautiful, aristocratic exterior."
"...that’s what “It happened” is all about: leaving room for uncertainty."
"I’m always finding out new things about these people and this place, surprised by what they decide to do next or what has just filtered from their memories into behavior. What happened? For sure, a little marvel of a dance."
Interview: "Recently Kotze spoke with The Dance Enthusiast about her upcoming performance, her sources of inspiration, and her creative process."
Interview: "Dancer/choreographer/educator Jesse Zaritt talks with dancer/choreographer Joanna Kotze about her creative practices and choreographic investigations, the role that New York has played in her development as an artist, her trajectory as an architect-turned-dance student, and the notions of perception and audience experience."
The "Bessie" Award
"Joanna Kotze won the Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award for her work, “It happened it had happened it is happening it will happen,” which was also presented at Danspace Project. "
Between You and Me
"Kotze’s vocabulary is richly articulated and dynamically unexpected; from a moment of equipoise, she’ll suddenly lurch in the least likely direction and manage to catch herself without crashing to the ground."
"Kotze's duet, Between You and Me, sports one of the most elegant and dazzling--and fragile! watch your step!--sets I've seen at DNA, and one that's quite nicely adaptable to DNA's columns."
"In other words, it was a lovely and thoughtful use of space and the geometry of performance which is, unfortunately, often lacking in emerging artists. Kudos."