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Artist Spotlight: Lily Kind

This October 30, Le Mondo presents WOLFTHICKET, a new dance piece exploring a simple yet vast question: why do we dance?

During this exploration, WOLFTHICKET hops and skips across time and place, with inspiration drawn from the traditions, rituals, and fantasies of the 'girls games', such as hand clapping games, recess activities, and make-believe. It then evolves into more adult forms of play, like vaudeville and the joyful catharsis of club culture.

Led by choreographer, dancer, and former Baltimore City mover and shaker Lily Kind, WOLFTHICKET is a mischievous, musical, and improvised ensemble dance piece we're proud to debut for Baltimore this October 30. You can learn more about her below.

Meet Lily

Lily Kind is a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer, producer, and writer. Her work has been presented by Table Gallery (Chicago), Miami Light Projects, Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, the Creative Alliance (Baltimore), and The Baltimore Museum of Art. She has been an artist in residence at SoundSpace Performing Arts in Philadelphia and a dance writer in residence at Dance Italia (Italy/NYC). Her dance writing has been published by Culture Bot, Phindie, and thinkingDance. She was the 2018 Artblog + The St. Claire's New Art Writing Contest! winner < 500 words.

From 2008 - 2014 she directed the Effervescent Collective in Baltimore, Maryland, gaining recogition as Best Choreographer, Baltimore Magazine, 2014, Best Dance Company, Effervescent Collective, Baltimore City Paper, 2010, 2012, Best Dance Company, Effervescent Collective, Baltimore Magazine, 2012, winning a Baker Artist Award ‘B’ Grant, 2011, and being cited as Top 10 Baltimoreans to Watch Under 30, by the Baltimore Sun in 2011. She has provided movement direction for Play Co, NYC, The Baltimore Rock Opera, and Single Carrot Theater. She has performed in Philly with Chelsea Murphy, Magda San Millan, Andrew Simonet, Mark "Metal" Wong, and The Medium Theater Company. She has choreographed music videos for Bosley, Sianna Plavin, and appeared in music videos for Dan Deacon, Dungeonesse, Echoes, and Hard Work Movement.

Under the leadership of Vince Johnson, Lily helped develop Urban Movement Arts (UMA), where she served as all around co-captain of adult programming. At UMA, Lily developed an artists in residence program and correlating performance series Workinonit. At UMA, Lily also taught Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz in partnership with Ragtag Empire. Outside of Philly, she has taught vernacular jazz at California Institute of the Arts, Swing Jose (Costa Rica), and Apollo Swing (Belgium). She is an alumnus of Breai Mason-Campbell’s group Gaurdian Baltimore. In 2021, she co-created dance history podcast Tracing Steps with Mel Cotton and Adriana Imhof.

Lily is one of few US American trained extensively in Flying Low and Passing Through, the improvisational floorwork style of David Zambrano. In 2019 she participated in Zambrano's 60 Days of Improvisation, at Tic Tac Art Center in Brussels, Belgium. She has also trained with Zambrano and his assistant Milan Herich in Costa Rica, Thailand, and New York. She has taught Flying Low workshops at Princeton University, Miami Light Project, and Concord Academy.

She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Creation with a concentration in Afro-Diasporic Studies from Goddard College, where she worked closely with Dr. Gale Jackson. She also holds a certificate from Headlong Dance Theater and yoga teaching credentials from Magu Yoga and Yoga Movement Sanctuary. She has a BA in Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies from Goucher College.

In 2021 she became a member of Pink Noise Art Projects.


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