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, in Union Square and nearby department stores in San Francisco.
Her collage and couture collections have been featured in gallery shows at DZINE Gallery and the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, and the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA.
Mitchell has just completed GOLDEN, a short dance film. A non-literal narrative, GOLDEN uncovers the independence, intellectual curiosity, and sexual vibrancy hidden within a woman's domestic life. Through dance, the film reveals the possibility of her ageless access to personal power, and affirms the surging resistance to ingrained views of women's sexual status.
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.”
She frequently collaborates variously with cinematographers, choreographers, composers, costume designers, dancers, lighting designers, and photographers.
“I love working with other artists. They enhance my concepts with their own diverse and brilliant perspectives and creativity.”
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. Reviewing her 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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