The body is a thrilling piece of machinery and is capable of achieving great feats. I push to create physically vigorous dances that propel through space and bulldoze through the invisible wall that divides the audience from the performer. I am intrigued by the audience/performer relationship; the tension, rejection and love between the two.
I dream of leaving an evocative taste in the mouths of an audience. I work towards building textures that appeal negatively or positively to the senses as I believe it creates a multi-dimensional viewing experience.
The essence of my work evolves from the desire to challenge perceptions of relationships, memory, sexuality, identity and movement. Calling upon my own personal experiences and those experiences of the dancers, I aim to invite the audience to relate to the performers emotionally as well as let go of what is familiar.
I am intrigued by intimacy; intimacy between the dancers themselves and intimacy between the dancers and audience. I seek to capture the uncensored version of oneself in performance and the relationship between the performers as human beings. I desire to unravel the emotionial and physical information of the bodies to reveal an unfiltered and authentic performer.
Kellie Ann Lynch is a New Haven-based dancer who has been dancing and touring nationally with Adele Myers & Dancers (New England-based) since 2008 and Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc. (NYC-based) since 2010. With both companies, she has had the privilege of touring across the US, and sometimes abroad, making stops at prestigious dances venues such as American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, The Joyce Theater, WhiteBird Dance, Bates Dance Festival and many more. In the last several years, Kellie has had the great opportunity of working with several choreographers and dance companies in the Northeast including Annie Kloppenberg, Tara Burns, Lindsey Bauer, Ariel Cohen, WireMonkey Dance, Jennifer Archibald, Kyle Abraham, Rachel Bernsen, Lindsey Bauer, Melody Ruffin-Ward, Heidi Henderson and Cathy Nicoli among others.
Kellie has received artist fellowships in choreography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council ('08) and the Connecticut Office of the Arts ('10) to support her choreography; and her work has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout New England. She has also received recognition awards from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven (Arts Award '14), Rhode Island College (Yetta Rauch Melcer '03, Alumni Honor Roll Award '09), Smith College (Teaching Fellowship '05-'07, Gretchen Moran Fellowship '07) and Bates Dance Festival (Merit Scholarship '07). In addition to performing and making work, Kellie also teaches dance and has been on faculty at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Springfield College, and, currently, Connecticut College. Kellie holds a B.A. in dance performance from Rhode Island College and a M.F.A. in dance performance and choreography from Smith College. In 2008, Kellie co-founded Elm City Dance Collective and has been choreographing, teaching and developing a vision for the organization since it’s inception.