A choreographer, dancer and native New Yorker, Kim Jones is Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center. She danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2006) and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet (1998-2003) and served as a principal dancer in the US National Tour of The King and I (2005).
Internationally, Jones has presented her choreography at the Pietrasanta International Dance Festival (Pietrasanta, Italy), Teatro Astra and Teatro Alfa (Turin, Italy) and Drachengasse Theater (Vienna, Austria). Nationally, she has presented her work at Center Stage (Santa Barbara, CA), Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), Swing Space (NYC) and regionally for the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour and the North Carolina Dance Alliance. In 2011-2012, Jones created a new work, Autumn Sunrise, for North Carolina Dance Theater II (now Charlotte Ballet II).
In 2012-2013, Jones reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture (1935), supported by a UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant. The work received its premiere in January 2013 at the Knight Theater in Charlotte in a performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company (MGDC) presented by the College of Arts + Architecture. Imperial Gesture had its New York City premiere at the Joyce Theater in February 2013 and is now on tour with MGDC. The costume reconstruction of Imperial Gesture was displayed in the Dance and Fashion exhibition at the museum at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her article, “American Modernism: Reimagining Martha Graham’s Lost Imperial Gesture (1935),” was the cover article of the December 2015 issue of Dance Research Journal, published three times a year by the Congress on Research in Dance. In May 2016, Jones performed Imperial Gesture at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Jones received a 2010-2011 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Masterpieces grant to restage Martha Graham’s Primitive Mysteries (1931) for UNC Charlotte. Jones has also restaged student performances of Graham’s Panorama (1935), performed on the January 2013 concert with MGDC, and Steps in the Street (1936), which received a Charlotte performance with MGDC in January 2015 and a Joyce Theater performance in February 2015 as part of the MGDC University Partners Showcase.
Most recently, choreographer Paul Taylor offered Tracer (1962), a collaboration with the artist Robert Rauschenberg (set and costumes), to be the subject of a scholarly reconstruction by Jones. Tracer had not been categorically archived and does not benefit from the existence of a historical video, audio, or first-hand oral record. In September 2016, Jones completed the reconstruction process and re-introduced to the stage an early work by the greatest living pioneer of American modern dance. Read a New York Times article about her process.
Tracer was set on Taylor 2 Dance Company members, who performed it at UNC Charlotte on September 30, 2016, and again in New York City at the 92nd Street Y on December 16, 2016, where it was reviewed by New York Times chief dance critic, Alastair Macaulay. Paul Taylor has accepted the reconstructed Tracer into the Taylor 2 Dance Company repertory. UNC Charlotte students also learned Tracer and will perform the work throughout 2017 year at UNC Charlotte and in educational outreach programs in area high schools. Jones and the Department of Dance received a 2016 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the support of this project.
Jones received her MFA summa cum laude from Florida State University and her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. In 2013, she received the Board of Governors' Teaching Award for the College of Arts + Architecture.