Robert Moses’ Kin at The Center for the Arts | TheUnion.com

Robert Moses’ Kin at The Center for the Arts

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Robert Moses’ Kin is a nationally renowned dance company, recognized for its artistic excellence and choreographic innovation. In collaboration with important artists in dance, music, poetry, and visual arts, Robert Moses Kin is dedicated to moving forward the forms of dance and performance.

Choreographer Robert Moses founded Robert Moses’ Kin in 1995 and since then has created numerous works of varying styles and genres for his highly praised dance company.

Robert Moses creates dances that speak to our times. His work is a powerful combination of athletic technique, rhythmic complexity, a fusion of different dance styles, and gestural detail. He explores topics ranging from oral history in African American culture to the life and work of author James Baldwin, the isolation found in new love to the dark side of contemporary urban culture, and the simple joyous expressions of pure movement.

Moses and his company have been honored with many prestigious grants, awards and fellowships, including three project awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Irvine Dancemakers grant, the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award and three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards.

Moses’ work has been commissioned and performed internationally by such companies as Philadanco, Cincinnati Ballet, Transitions Dance Company of the Laban Center in London, African Cultural Exchange and

Bare Bones Dance Company in Birmingham, England, and Oakland Ballet, among others. His work has been performed nationally and internationally, including England, Italy and Ireland.

Moses was recently appointed Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford University, where he has been a lecturer and curator of dance programming since 1995. A highly regarded master teacher, he has taught on campuses and at festivals throughout the United States, including Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, University of Texas, University of Nevada, and others. Moses has been invited to give workshops internationally, most recently for artists of African descent with State of Emergency Limited in the United Kingdom.

He has held residencies at ODC Theater and in the San Francisco public schools as part of the San Francisco Arts in Education Foundation

Artist-in-Residence Program, and was a Duke/Wattis Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has performed with his company at many nationally esteemed venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival.

He has choreographed for film, theater and opera, including most recently the San Francisco Opera’s world premiere production of The Force of Destiny.

Additional credits include major productions for the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, New Conservatory Theater, Los Angeles Prime Moves Festival (L.A.C.E.), Olympic Arts Festival, and Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century.

Moses has collaborated with many notable artists, such as Julia Adam, Margaret Jenkins, Alonzo King, Sara Shelton Mann, SoVoSo, Marcus Shelby, Keith Terry, Frank Boehm, Will Power, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, David Worm, and Youth Speaks.


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