Kate Mitchell is a director, choreographer, sculptural couture artist, collagist, and the author of Fashioning Women. Originally a professional dancer in New York, she later founded Kate Mitchell & Dancers in San Francisco. Since then, she has presented dance/theater performance events at ODC and SOMarts theaters, as well as Union Square and nearby department stores in San Francisco. Her collage and couture collections have been featured in gallery shows at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA as well as DZINE Gallery and the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. Currently, she is at work on a short dance film, coming in 2019.
All of her works are multidimensional layerings connected by humor, introspection, irony, and passion. “Color and texture, contradictions and incongruities, beauty and strangeness, and the expressive power of the human body all excite me. I listen to the persistent ideas and images in my mind and in the world around me, and they become the inspiration for each project.”
When creating and directing performance pieces, she collaborates variously with fellow choreographers and costume artists, with dancers, composers and musicians, lighting designers, photographers and cinematographers. “I love working with other artists. They enhance my concepts with their own diverse and brilliant perspectives and creativity.” When making collage and sculptural garments, she uses paint, paper, discarded objects, vintage clothing, textiles, accessories and other embellishments.
Mitchell is a graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts
(now La Guardia School of the Arts), holds a BA in American Studies from
Yale University and an MA in Dance from UCLA. SF Weekly named her a
“San Francisco Mastermind” in 2010. Previewing her 2013 book, Fashioning Women, the San Francisco Examiner wrote, “If designer Jean Paul Gaultier and feminist leader Gloria Steinem had a lovechild- wrap your head around that one for a moment- she might have turned out like Kate Mitchell."
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