Kate Alton

Kate is a Toronto-based dancer and choreographer. She was a featured member of Toronto Dance Theatre from 1989-1995, leaving in that year to pursue an independent career. Since then she has worked with numerous renowned choreographers from across Canada and beyond. In 1998, Kate formed Overall Dance, a company mandated not only to showcase her own choreography, but to bring a wide range of choreographers – from Toronto, from Canada, and from abroad – to work with Toronto’s finest independent dancers. Her Toronto shows with Overall Dance presented an exciting and innovative range of material, receiving tremendous support from the public and critics alike. Her touring programs brought dance to the Blyth Festival, to Hamilton, Peterborough, Guelph, Vancouver, Montreal, the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, and Festival Danse en Vol in Brussels, Belgium. In 2004, Kate won a Harold Award and the K.M. Hunter Artist’s Award in Dance. In 2006, Kate’s renamed company, Crooked Figure Dance, presented its first show, DESPAIR…and other conundrums, to critical acclaim.

Highlights from recent years include performing James Kudelka’s masterworks in In Paradisum, and 15 Heterosexual Duets for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie in China, Mongolia, the USA, and Canada; choreography and performance in firstthingsfirst productions’ sell-out show Namesake and Namesake:Three; and associate direction and choreography for The Exchange Rate Collective’s Dora Award-winning show Appetite. Kate is choreographer and co-creator / director with Ross Manson of the critically acclaimed dance and sound poetry production The Four Horsement Project, which garnered four Dora Awards, including Outstanding Direction by Kate and Ross Manson, and toured nationally and internationally over three seasons. Most recently, two of Kate’s duets – Double Life and Until We Say Yes – were performed at Dreamwalker Dance’s annual show, The Whole Shebang at Dancemakers Studio in Toronto. Kate is the proud single mother of toddling twins Eleanor and Luca.

“What I strive for as a creator and interpreter is emotional impact. A reaction that pierces the shield of reason, erases doubt and renders expectations null and void.