anonymous bodies is an interdisciplinary performance company co-directed by Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, based in Brooklyn, NY and Philadelphia, PA. As a collective, the co-directors create work independently and collaboratively, creating an array of art projects, that range from solo performances in gallery settings, to larger performance installations on-site. It is a project-based company that collaborates with a diverse group of artists. It draws upon the traditions of visual art, post-modern dance, site-specific study, conceptual and performance art, audience participation and public spectacle.
They have shown work at venues nationally, including: Danspace, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Harlem Stage at The Gatehouse, Art Basel Miami, Miami Theater Center, Fringe Arts, The Yard, Dance Place, ODC Dance, Velocity Dance Center, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Dance Projects, .
The company has lectured and been in residence at Drexel University, University of the Arts, University of Texas Austin, UCLA, Franklin & Marshall College, Indiana University of PA, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Wesleyan University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Muhlenberg College, Northfield Mount Hermon, Headlong Performance Institute and Bryn Mawr College.
Kate Watson-Wallace (co-director) is a choreographer, director, and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She creates experimental performance for the stage, site-based locations, and music videos. Works include HOUSE, a performance for 15 audience members inside an abandoned row home, CAR, an audience for 4 audience members who sit inside a moving vehicle, STORE, a performance installation inside an abandoned mega-store, Everywhere, a participatory on-line dance experience, and contest, and Mash Up Body, a collaboration with ManMan drummer Christopher Sean Powell. Her interactive and site-based performance work has been funded by The Map Fund, Doris Duke Foundation through Creative Capital, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Independence Foundation, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and PA Council on the Arts. She is a 2007 Pew Fellow in the Arts in Choreography.
She works extensively in the music world, as an art-director and choreographer. Past music video choreography and performance includes collaborations with Director Danny Perez on Black Dice’s “Smiling Off” (DFA Records), and Animal Collective’s “Summertime Clothes” (Domino). She has choreographed and performed in two Dead Skeletons videos (Iceland), and most recently art-directed and choreographed a video for LA-based electronic musician Ryat (Brainfeeder). She has performed with Spankrock, ManMan, Need New Body, and Elvis Costello. Current projects include: curating an interdisciplinary music series with her partner, King Britt at Fringe Arts in Philadelphia, and Directing & choreographing a new performance in collaboration with future beat-maker Ryat, that integrates electronic music, mapped video, intearctive media and choreography that will premieres at Summerstage Central Park in 2015.
As a performer, she toured with Headlong from 2003-11, and is currently an incubator artist with the company. She has worked as a facilitator for Artists U, a professional development program for artists started by Andrew Simonet, since 2008. She has shown work nationally and taught extensively at universities throughout the U.S. She is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Studio Art.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (co-director) is a performance curator, producer, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and an inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University. With his creative partners King Britt and Kate Watson-Wallace, he co-directs anonymous bodies || art collective, a visual performance company that presents work nationally focusing on site base performance and community building art practices.
As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater among others. Kosoko's poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, and Silo, among other publications. In 2011, Kosoko published Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor: Poems for Detroit (Old City Publishing). He is a contributing correspondent for Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He has sat on numerous funding and curatorial panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, MAP Fund, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, among others. For more information, visit: jaamil.com for more info