Kathy Rose: Dance, Performance & Video Spectacles



Scribe Video Center
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Presented in Partnership with Philadelphia Dance Projects and the Media Arts Department at UARTS

Kathy Rose in person for a post-screening discussion

Kathy Rose’s work has evolved from her unique, pioneering performance work combining dance with film to her current surreal performance video spectacles, installations, and video pieces, with influence from symbolist art and the Japanese Noh theater. This program features six of Rose’s provocative, enigmatic and visually stunning short videos fusing dance, performance, sound, animation, and filmed sequences. These videos take viewers on phantasmagoric journeys through mind and consciousness while keeping us riveted to the sight of the body – flying apart, contorted, and hybridized – often of the artist herself.

An insectoid fantasy with an indio/arachnid sound track by C.P. Roth. This piece was originally created as a live performance and re-interpreted here as a video. (2009, 4:24 minutes)

Close up, in silence, of the artist with closed “empty” eyes. A drum beat begins and the eyes open suddenly and surprisingly. We enter a choreographic fantasy in which rhythms combine with figures moving singly and progressively in group formations, overlaid with decorative floral patterning and intense colors. At the end, a regal percussion resounds as the eyes close slowly, returning to the empty eyed figure, her formal robes, and a quieter world, as if ending a ceremonial performance. (2008, 4:00 minutes)

Queen of the Fluids
A golden queenly being rises in upwards falling rain. As the gold drips off her body, her eyes are shed, leaving eerily empty orbs through which we enter her brain. Led through the mind into an “under-reality”, we arrive first in the pure abstraction of consciousness and finally to an “uber-surrealist” view of the artist and the symbolic mirror of herself. (2004, 18:00 minutes)

Life in the Web
Through her own form of “self-puppetry”, Rose explores the identity of the artist and process of the art in this video which uses fabrics, figures and miniature sets, to create an enchanting operatic vision. (2005, 9 minutes)

The Inn of Floating Imagery
In this autobiographical vision, a sea of richly colored figures – floating, flying, and often wearing Noh theater masks – is accompanied by eerie sounds. The imagery continues until the artist’s involvement with her “canvases” is revealed, with her performative self finally emerging. (2006, 8 minutes)

City of Lost Moons
A poetic vision of the self and the moon, carpeted with voices; a ritual of the mind. (2009, 5:00 minutes)


About Kathy Rose:
A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking(1971) and the California Institute of the Arts with an M.F.A. in Animation (1974), Kathy Rose began creating multi-media works in 1982 combining live performance with film. Her numerous appearances include the Museum of Modern Art’s Cineprobe, Kennedy Center, Serious Fun at Lincoln Center, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, the Walker Art Center,The Kitchen, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Danspace-St. Marks Church, Baltimore Art Museum, Akademie der Kunst/Berlin, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, etc. as well as performances in Geneva, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Hiroshima, etc. Rose’s video installations have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Aldrich Museum, Cooper Union, and other venues.

She is a Master Lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in the Media Arts Department where she teaches Image and Performance for students from all departments; sculpture, film, theater, photo, video, fiber arts, illustration, etc. and produces the class concert every semester. She has also taught Autobiographical Art, Art and Performance (in the Pre-College Program), Japanese Media and Installation, and Dance and Media, and Surrealist Media. http://www.krose.com/Home_Page.html


Storyville is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

'SHE' is magnificent!

An absolutely delicious film! It is as if all of your sensitivities converged into this one work, Kathy ... splendid ... I can't get enough of this work. I will have to share you with my students!

Janeann Dill, phd, mfa
Institute for Interdisciplinary Art and Creative Intelligence