Kimberleigh Costanzo (she/her/hers) is a New York-based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Iona College’s Honors Program with degrees in philosophy, dance and sculpture in May of 2014. Kimberleigh’s writing and research on contemporary art has been presented at colleges and universities throughout the Northeast. Her choreography has been performed at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, Green Space, Triskelion Arts Center, Dixon Place, 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center, and as a part of Work Up 2.0 (2016) and Cracks of Light (2016 reprise; 2017 commission) at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. She works in arts philanthropy.
Artist Statement My aim is to explore and elevate the knowledge contained within our bodies. My practice is one of physicalizing trauma as a means of understanding it and ultimately generating healing. If the psychological understanding of traumatic experiences is that of an act of fracturing, what does it mean to explore those fractures on the body, to abstract movement or text as trauma has abstracted the emotional? I approach my work as a documentary theater maker might, researching, conducting interviews, and developing a body of text to act as the impetus for physical, improvisational research and experimentation. Scripts and scores are developed alongside movement, often in collaboration with other artists. My work is personal and communal. It is about exploring the heavy and the hard-to-deal-with in a room with other bodies, posing questions, and hoping to lighten our shared weight.
Photo by Scott Shaw.