BLISS KOHLMYER is the Co-Artistic Director of project agora a San Francisco-based curatorial organization that promotes creative dialogue among artists through presenting evenings of work featuring interdisciplinary collaborations. Her company has received numerous grants and commissions. Summer ’15 Kohlmyer and Co-Artistic Director Kara Davis were invited emerging choreographers at the prestigious Bates Dance Festival. They performed their work, Convers(at)ions, for the Different Voices Concert, and began the creation of a new duet, Panopticon. This duet became part of a larger evening, Connective (T)issues, that premiered at DZINE, a 20,000 sq. foot furniture taller in San Francisco, in 2018. In addition, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Dance Gallery Festival and Breaking Ground, have presented their work. Summer 2016, project agora performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In May 2013, her collaborative work, Epigrams, was presented at the Mona Bismarck Center for American Culture in Paris. She has also presented at the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) conference in Trondheim, Norway, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conferences in Miami and Chicago, and Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO). She has received commissions from LINES Ballet Summer Program, Dickinson College, Florida State College, Loyola Marymount University, Jacksonville University, Florida Dance Festival, Sam Houston State University, and Beijing Normal University. Her work has also been commissioned by nationally/internationally recognized professional companies, including, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Moving Current Dance Collective, Robert Moses’ Kin, and Péndulo Cero Danza Contemporånea, Her work for Péndulo Cero Danza Contemporånea was performed at six different venues in both Mexico and Columbia. Her collaborative work with world-renowned pianist, Svetozar Ivanov, has been presented in Florida, Michigan, England, New York, Colorado, Austria, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. And, this work was released as a DVD November 2017. In New York City, she danced and toured internationally with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Sean Curran Company. In San Francisco, she danced with Janice Garrett and Dancers, Robert Moses' Kin, and The San Francisco Opera Ballet, among others. Bliss has set a number of Moses’ works at University of South Florida, Cal Poly, and Jacob’s Pillow. In 2011, Bliss graduated from the University of Washington with an MFA in Dance. Her collaborative and multi-disciplinary choreographic/performative research explores liminality and interpersonal/intrapersonal relationships. She is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida.
Integrating and borrowing values from modern, post-modern, and classical traditions, this class is rooted in a very technical base, with an emphasis on precision and clarity. Nevertheless, the classes unfold in ways that allow for a sense of release. Bliss’ affinities for gestural intricacy, rhythmic complexity, articulation of the spine and other joints, and quick changes of weight, result in a full-bodied and physically demanding class. With an emphasis on technique and sound anatomical practices, students are simultaneously challenged to find their own voices within an innovative style all while remaining a thinking, feeling, choice-making human being.
In this class, dancers will not only learn highly physical and challenging material from the choreographer but will also investigate and explore his/her unique way of moving. Utilizing free-writes and problem-solving tasks, we will develop movement phrases that we will manipulate and pull apart to create even more interesting movement choices. Then, with a toolbox full of ideas, we will start creating a dance together.