Founded in 1995, Robert Moses' Kin is considered by many to be one of the most prolific and exciting new contemporary dance companies to emerge nationally in the past decade. The company's mission is to produce work which speaks to what is specific and unique in human nature. Robert Moses' Kin uses movement as the medium through which race, class, culture and gender are used to voice the existence of our greater potential and unfulfilled possibilities. Founder and Artistic Director, Robert Moses explains, "My work expresses my concern with the honor, dignity, truth and potential of real people. Human lives and beliefs are the material, the choreographic elements, of my work."
Robert Moses' diverse eleven-member company is known for its eclectic movement vocabulary, demanding choreography, ferocious dancing, and provocative themes. Moses' focus on the expressiveness of the human body and his desire to speak with the voices of his African American heritage have produced works with regional, national and international recognition.
Since founding Robert Moses' Kin, Moses has collaborated with a number of prominent dancers, musicians, composers, sculptors, authors, poets, and designers to realize the concept of dance as a unifying form of art, an art-form which speaks broadly from a specific place. The company has commissioned works from choreographer Julia Adam, Alonzo King, Sara Shelton Mann, Margaret Jenkins, KT Nelson and Robert Henry Johnson. In addition, Moses has collaborated with numerous other artists including Marcus Shelby, SoVoSo, Keith Terry, Will Power, Frank Boehm, Joe Venegoni, Dan Reiter, Joanna Haigood, Amy Seiwert, Alex Ketley, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble and the poets of Youth Speaks.
Robert Moses' Kin has presented an annual home season in San Francisco since 1995, premiering several new works every year with a repertory of over 70 works that range from neoclassical ballet to postmodern movement theatre. Over the past several years, Robert Moses' Kin has enjoyed an increase in touring opportunities to universities, colleges, and festivals throughout the U.S., including Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, Dance Center at Columbia College, University of Nevada, University of Texas, Orange Coast College, Dance Umbrella, Stanford University, ProArts Collective, the Maine Festival, and New York's City Center's Fall for Dance Festival. Robert Moses' Kin regularly participates in residencies and offers master classes and lecture-demonstrations while on tour.
The company's work has earned a host of awards, including four Bay Area Isadora Duncan Awards (IZZIES), the most recent ones were in 2007 for Best Individual Performance of Doscongio by Robert Moses and in 2004 for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for The Soft Sweet Smell of Firm Warm Things. Robert Moses and the company have also been awarded a Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award in Dance (Goldie); and a San Francisco Weekly Black Box Award for Choreography.
Robert Moses' Kin has been the recipient of major funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller MAP Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, California Arts Council, and Walter & Elise Hass Fund.
An ambitious and diverse company, Robert Moses' Kin has received tremendous national media coverage in such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Dance Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, The Village Voice, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, as well as on radio, television and the Internet.