Carol Katz is a theatre maker, writer, director, and performer, born in Philadelphia, PA. She was a longtime member of the legendary Rachel Rosenthal Company and co-founder of Los Angeles-based movement theatre company, “Gaerung” – named “One to Watch” by LA Weekly. She has performed here in LA with Zoo District in their Ovation Award-winning productions of “The Submission” by Eugene Ionesco, and “Home” by Steven Haworth. Appearing with Band of Toughs of Boulder, CO, in their production of Chuck Mee’s “Big Love”, the Daily Cameracalled her performance “soulful, otherworldly, and sensitively played.”
She devises original work in collaboration with artists across different disciplines, especially dance. She has studied the Viewpoints with the SITI Company and performed in their world premiere production of ”Twenty Three seconds about John Cage” at the Atlas Theatre at UC Boulder. Carol holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, where she studied with many of the original New York Post-Modern Dance and Performance Art pioneers. She has performed in experimental and improvisational movement pieces by Barbara Dilley, a founder of the Judson Church and Grand Union dance collectives, and in work by Wendell Beavers, an originator of The Viewpoints material and a founder of both Naropa University's Performance Program and NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing. While at Naropa, she studied with, and was a featured performer in pieces being developed there by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Company and by Dan Safer and his Witness Relocation Company. She also appeared in the world premiere of “Becket Butoh”, a movement theater piece by Katsura Kan.
Her work has been presented at The New York International Fringe Festival, REDCAT, Bootleg Theater, and Highways Performance Space. It is experimental, interdisciplinary, and deeply personal – interweaving physicality with lush visuality into her own mythopoetic language.
Carol is co-founder, along with Elizabeth Watt, of Paloma Street Studio, a beautiful work and performance space in DTLA. Valuing individual and ensemble artists, their creative process and their vital role within society, Paloma Street Studio was dedicated to fostering the creation and development of new performance work by providing desperately needed low-cost rental space to fellow dance and theatre makers. Although Paloma St., as a physical space, was shuttered in 2017, our mission continues.
Carol maintains a passionate interest in many different Somatics practices. A one-time yoga and Pilates teacher, she is now immersed in studying the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s “BodyMind Centering,” as well as “Experiential Anatomy” as taught by Erika Berland, and “Developmental Movement Technique” by Wendell Beavers as part of their “The Somatic Performer” curriculum.
photos: Rebecca Green
Daedalus' Daughter”, an original dance theatre piece, is a retelling of the Icarus myth from the point of view of his sister, interwoven with a secret family history. This half-bird, half girl is an embodied metaphor, a symbolic way to talk about the madness and suicide that can run through generations of families. So while this is an intimate story about one woman’s family, it speaks to countless others who have dealt with the pain and sorrow of mental illness in their own. It is a story about the costs of keeping things hidden in shame and silence - yet ultimately it is about the hope and redemption that are possible when these secrets are acknowledged and claimed. There is a powerful and healing magic when someone speaks their own truth, and realizes that they are not alone.
Told through movement and text, both poetic and prosaic, this piece is a surreal, dream like journey through myth and memory.
HELP SUPPORT DAEDALUS' DAUGHTER!
DAEDALUS' DAUGHTER is a project fiscally sponsored by Rosanna Gamson/World Wide (RGWW). Your generous donation to DAEDALUS' DAUGHTER will be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and your online gift will be recorded as a donation to RGWW. Alternatively, you can make your equally tax deductible donation the old-fashioned way by writing a check payable to Rosanna Gamson/World Wide and earmarked DAEDALUS' DAUGHTER.
Please mail the check to Carol Katz:
1337 Thayer Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024