KT Niehoff was a 2010 Artist in Residence with ACT Theatre in Seattle, a 2006 MANCC Fellow and a 2001 Seattle Artist Trust Fellow. She appeared in Dance Magazine’s April ’08 “International Women in Dance” and was named 2007 Dance Artist of the Year by Seattle Magazine. She holds a BFA from New York University.
Since 1998, the major platform for her work has been Lingo, the container for her creative works in all forms. Lingo expands and contracts depending on the work, yet is centered around a reoccurring cast of characters who have been instrumental in the creation of Lingo’s vision. Lingo has been presented at places like ACT Theatre (Seattle), On the Boards (Seattle), The Joyce SoHo (NY), Alverno Presents (Milwaukee), SUSHI (San Diego), The Southern Theater (Minneapolis), Cleveland Public Theater among others, including a bunch of colleges and universities throughout the country. She has received money from The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Dance Project, The National Performance Network, Meet the Composer, Arts International, Bossak/Heilbron, and all city, county and state funding agencies in Washington State – thank you.
Since 2006 her interest has been audience/artist/art proximity. This research has led her off the stage. Inhabit (2007) and Glimmer (2010) used spaces where the audience was free to roam amongst the performance. The Lift (2008) pushed passers by up the hill from Seattle’s Pike Place Market to 1st Avenue for a month. The 1-to-1 Solo Project (2010) tailored solos for 30 individuals, performed for them in public spaces. Install (2010) embedded dancers throughout the Seattle Art Museum for five hour stretches. She has recently finished her first short film titled Parts Don’t Work.
She has taught a lot in the last 15 years throughout the U.S. and abroad – Jacob’s Pillow, Oberlin College, Cornish College of the Arts, Tisch School of the Arts, University of Washington, The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, The SNDO in Amsterdam – to name a few. KT was the founding director of Velocity Dance Center in Seattle from 1996-2006.