Joanna Kotze received the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Her choreography has been presented at The National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Dance Institute, Danspace Project, Bard College, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at Judson, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd St. Y, WAXworks, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (WI), and Lu Magnus, Soho20, Show Room Gowanus, and Industry City galleries. Joanna recently created new works on Toronto Dance Theatre, Zenon Dance, Ririe-Woodbury, and James Sewell Ballet as well as on students at The New School, Barnard, Purchase College, Southern Utah University and Miami University (OH).
Joanna has received support from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jerome Foundation, NYFA BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. She was a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a recipient of a 2014 Process Space residency through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). She has had residencies at The Camargo Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi and the Bogliasco Foundation. Joanna was a 2012 Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, a 2011 LMCC Swing Space resident and has worked in residence at Mount Tremper Arts.
She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and currently dances with Kimberly Bartosik/daela. She has also danced for Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Daniel Charon, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, and others.
Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance in New York City. She has taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Eugene Lang College at The New School, Long Island University and the American Dance Festival. She has studied Klein technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003, is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University.