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through the mirror of their eyes (2020)


2020 Bessie Honoree for Outstanding Production & Outstanding Performer

Created on the heels of I hunger for you (BAM 2018), though the mirror of their eyes brims with compassion and violence. The piece begins inside of a storm. A crowd of children runs through. They know which way to go: they are the bearers of direction. Featuring the extraordinary Joanna Kotze, Dylan Crossman, Burr Johnson (Bessie Honoree, Outstanding Performer), and a trio of young performers, the piece is infused with reminders of time, its wild rush forward, its holding patterns, and our abilities to navigate pathways of destruction and renewal.​

through the mirror of their eyes (2020) was commissioned and presented by New York Live Arts as part of Live Arts Live Feed Residency Program, where it premiered March 4-7, 2020.

Follow us on tour!

Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center, October 15, 2021 (cancelled)

Bratislava in Movement Festival, Slovakia, October 24 & 25, 2021


Promo Video

New York Times Dance Pick!


Choreography and Direction by Kimberly Bartosik

Created in close collaboration with performers Dylan Crossman, Burr Johnson, Joanna Kotze

With the young performers Dahlia Bartosik-Murray, Hunter Liss, and Winter Willis

Lighting and Set Design by Roderick Murray

Original Music Composition by Sivan Jacobovitz

Costume Design by Quinn Czejkowski in collaboration with Kimberly & the cast

Dramaturgy by Melanie George

Responses from our audience:

I am still under the enchantment of your work. So generous. So devastating...Bill T Jones

Remarkable! Made me cry. Thank you for making it and sharing it. Moira Brennan

Your work brought us to tears, so beautiful, powerful, and relevant to the times in which we find ourselves, audience member

In my 13 years of life, this is the best thing I have ever seen, audience member

Thank you for giving us a work we didn’t know we needed, but really really needed to see. The anger - the tenderness, the physicality and rigor... feeling like all you can and want to do is run and scream and knowing that you have to try and hold it together - knowing that community can save us and help us try to move through it all together... Nattie Trogdon

The creation of through the mirror of their eyes is supported in part by a commission from New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency program. The Live Feed Residency program is supported in part by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Partners for New Performance. 

 through the mirror of their eyes has also received generous funding from a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Choreography and The MAP Fund, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support also includes a Creative Arts Initiative grant at the University at Buffalo; the Harkness Dance Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program at 92Y; an EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies, administered by Exploring the Metropolis; and a Mount Tremper Arts creative development residency.

Kimberly Bartosik/daela is grateful to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the George L. Shields Foundation, The Reed Foundation, AOH Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Tour to Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center is funded, in part, by National Dance Project's Production & Touring Grant. Bratislava in Movement  is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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