Kristin Sudeikis is a highly sought after choreographer for television, film, and stage, with credits including NBC’s hit TV series 30 Rock and STAND — a sold-out dance concert benefiting the GEMS Organization in New York City. She is the Artistic Director of The Kristin Sudeikis Dance Company, one of the featured companies in the second annual Brooklyn Dance Festival, which will take place Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the Actors Fund Arts Center in downtown Brooklyn.
In the interview below, Sudeikis talks about the spirituality of dance, the things that inspire her as a choreographer, and more.
What piece are you performing at The Brooklyn Dance Festival and what is the idea or inspiration behind it?
We are performing Eyes to Serve///Hands to Learn. This work is derived from unfiltered, raw, real human connection. Becoming fully present with one another in one moment, in one time, in one space — tapping into the effortless electricity that erupts from this very awareness. Recognizing what can happen when we are only here, only now.
What is your dance background?
I would say that my truest dance background comes forth from every thing that has ever happened to me, in me and around me. All of these moments combined with a deep reverence and respect for the the technical and athletic side of dance are what I adored studying then, what I continue to be taken by now, and also what I strive to generate with other artists. Dance is the art form that has the power to say everything without every having to speak a word. It is breath. It is energy. It is cadence. It is palpable. To me, it is everything.
Who were your mentors, and who are the dancers or choreographers you find inspiring today?
I am inspired and moved by countless individuals, including dancers, somehow and in some real way on a daily basis. It still blows my mind how affected I am by the authentic movers and creators that surround me.
Favorite part of the rehearsal process?
Being open to not knowing what could happen next…. And creating, creating — connecting to the music, to the moment, to the dancers, to their stories and to the endless possibilities that erupt from this collision.
Most played songs on your iPod?
iPod talk: I bump everything from Erykah Badu, to MJ, to Mumford & Sons, to Radiohead to Jay-Z, to the new JT. Have you heard that yet? (My summahtime music advice: bump some new JT and get your head nod on.)
Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of dance?
Yes, you. Knowing your story. What motivates you. What sustains you. What fires you up. And then communicating that very story.
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Interview conducted by Elisa Lichtenbaum. A Senior Writer at Thirteen/WNET New York, Elisa has written articles on subjects ranging from Woody Allen to Downton Abbey. She studies tap dance with Germaine Salsberg.