Melanie Kloetzel is the artistic director of kloetzel&co., which she founded in New York in 1997 and which has traveled with her across the US and now into Canada. kloetzel&co.
has performed in New York at such venues as Danspace at St.
Mark’s Church, Judson Church, the Flea Theater, and the Clark Studio Theater at
Lincoln Center, as well as internationally at the Painted Bride Art
Center in Philadelphia, On the Boards in Seattle, the University of
Victoria, the Fluid Festival in Calgary, and the California Museum of
Photography in Riverside, CA, among others. Since its founding, kloetzel&co.has
enjoyed working in theatres and more unconventional sites, seeking
distinctive spaces and artistic collaborations along the way.
Kloetzel’s film works have been shown at such international film
festivals as the Sans
Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Boulder, CO (chosen as a Best of Fest), the DANSCAMDANSE
Festival in Belgium, the Festival Internacional de Videodanza de
Uruguay, the Third Coast Dance Film Festival in Houston, TX, and the
Danca em Foco Festival in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. Kloetzel has received grants/awards from the Alberta
Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn
Arts Council Community Arts program, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance
Center, the Gateway Technology Initiative, and the Movement Research
Exchange program. She was also a 2003 recipient of the
Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award from The University
of California. Kloetzel has performed nationally and internationally
with such artists as Ann Carlson, Leah Stein Dance Company, and Kim
Arrow and was a
member of Race Dance under the direction of Lisa Race from 1995-2000.
Before taking a position as Associate Professor of Dance at University
of Calgary, Kloetzel was the Director of the Dance program at Idaho
University from 2004 - 2007. Her research has been presented
at/published in numerous journals and conferences and her anthology, Site Dance:Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces,
edited with Carolyn Pavlik, is currently available in hard cover,
paperback, and as an ebook from the University Press of Florida.
Kloetzel holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California at
Riverside in addition to a B.A. and an M.A. in History from Swarthmore
College and the University of Montana, respectively.