Choreographer, performer, educator, writer Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative, ferociously intimate choreographic projects that dramatically illuminate the ephemeral nature of performance while critically, tenderly, and violently etching away at deeply distressing threads of our society.
Bartosik is a 2021 recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation Performing Artist Recovery Fund in the New York Community Trust. She is a 2020 Bessie Award Honoree for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performer (Burr Johnson) for through the mirror of their eyes (New York Live Arts, 2020). Other recent awards include a 2023 Ragdale Residency Fellowship; 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography; and a 2020-22 Virginia B. Toulmin Women Leaders in Dance Fellowship at Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at NYU.
Bartosik’s work has been commissioned and presented by BAM Next Wave Festival, Torn Space Theater, New York Live Arts, FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival, The Chocolate Factory Theater(2025), LUMBERYARD, American Realness, Abrons Art Center, Gibney, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, La Mama, and BEAT Festival. She has toured to Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic (Melbourne, Australia), Bratislava in Movement Festival (Slovakia), Wexner Arts Center, Dance Place, American Dance Festival, The Yard, MASS MoCA/Jacob’s Pillow, FlynnSpace, Bates Dance Festival, Columbia College, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, Festival Rencontres Chorégraphique Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis, Artdanthe Festival, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Church, Mount Tremper Arts, and others.
Bartosik has also received awards from National Dance Project (NDP) Production & Touring Grant and Community Engagement Fund from New England Foundation for the Arts; MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation; FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts in partnership with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French American Cultural Exchange; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, USArtists International; Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists and Emergency Grants; Creative Arts Initiative (CAI); New York Foundation for the Arts, Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD); American Dance Abroad; and New Music USA, Live Music for Dance. Bartosik was a 2022 United States Artists Fellowship nominee. Her Encounter projects have received prestigious funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts; the Nathan M. Clark Foundation; and New York State Council on the Arts.
In 2021 Bartosik seeded The Encounter, an intergenerational project for professionals, pre-professionals and non-professionals, being created with communities around the world. The Encounter (film) documents the process of developing the work as a Center for Ballet and the Arts Toulmin Fellow. 2022 Encounter projects include The Encounter: Buffalo, created in partnership with Torn Space Theater (Buffalo), for local participants ages 17-64; and The Encounter: Italia features Bartosik’s work with dancers in Italy supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture in partnership with Jacob’s Pillow and American Dance Abroad. The Encounter (NYC) had its World Premiere as part of French Institute/Alliance Francaise/FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival in October 2022, featuring performers and designers from NYC and Buffalo. 2023-24 projects include Encounters in Akron, OH, Rockland, ME, Lewiston, ME, Providence, RI, and Le Phare - Centre chorégraphique national du Havre Normandie in partnership with Fouad Boussouf.
Bartosik has been in creative residence at the Ragdale Foundation(Fall, 2023) New York Live Arts, Live Feed and Studio Series; Torn Space Theater, Marble House Project; National Choreographic Center at Akron/NCCAkron; Centre Chorégraphique National-Ballet de Lorraine; LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts; Gibney Dance Center’s DiP Residency; Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort; Governor’s Island through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Program; Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University; Joyce Soho Artist Residency Program; University of Buffalo, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center; Jacob’s Pillow; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center; Mount Tremper Arts; White Oak Plantation; and Movement Research. Bartosik has been a Choreographic Mentor as part of the Ailey School’s New Directions Choreography Lab and Ballet HispanicoInstituto Coreografico Award. She was a 2017 Bogliasco Foundation Fellow and a 2023, 2019 and 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. Bartosik was a recipient of an ART, a Capacity-Building grant through Pentacle. In 2018, she made her curatorial debut as part of DoublePlus at Gibney.
Bartosik’s 2020 digital quarantine project, The Game, was commissioned by the Onassis Foundation and presented as part of Fusebox Festival. Her ongoing collaboration with Visual Artist Matthew Ritchie, You will see more stars, a multi-iteration work merging Augmented Reality into the live performance arena, received a 2020 Works & Process @ the Guggenheim Virtual Commission. Her critical writing has been published widely, including recent articles: Give Artists a Home!; It’s Time to Reimagine Dance Funding; and The Plight of the Adjunct: When Will Colleges Truly Value the Artists Who Teach Their Students? featured in Dance Magazine (Dec 2020, Feb 2021, Oct 2021).
A member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 9 years, Bartosik received a Bessie Award for Exceptional Artistry in his work. She received her BFA in Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts, and MA in 20th Century Art and Art Criticism from The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Research of the New School University. Bartosik has been a guest artist/faculty at Sarah Lawrence, Princeton University, The Juilliard School, Hollins University, Rutgers University, Bates College, The Playground, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Colorado College, and University of Buffalo. She is currently the BFA Advisor for Seniors for The Ailey School/Fordham Program and teaches at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and the Merce Cunningham Trust (MCT). She is working with the MCT to develop training programs for youth in under-resourced communities and has spearheaded a partnership between the MCT and the NYC DOE to bring Cunningham practice into NYC public high schools.
Cover photo: The Encounter premiere at FIAF Crossing the Line, October 2022 by Maria Baranova