My name is Kristi Cole and I am a performer, choreographer and Pilates instructor working and living in NYC.
Kristi Cole is a NYC based dancer, performer and independent choreographer originally from Columbus, Ohio with a B.A. in Dance and Political Science (Magna Cum Laude, Honors) from the George Washington University (2013).
As a student, Kristi had the privilege of working with the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company and Vicky Shick, in addition to choreographing and performing in the Capital Fringe Festival (2011). For her excellence as a performer, Kristi received the Elizabeth Burtner Theatre & Dance Award. Additionally, she received a Luther Rice Fellowship to conduct independent dance research, for which she was awarded first prize in the creative arts division.
Since moving to New York in 2013, Kristi has collaborated on both site specific and live works for stage, as well as film. She has had the pleasure of working with Donofrio Dance Company, under the direction of Taylor Donofrio (2014-present), Alexandra Pinel (2015), Lauren Beirne Dance Works (2015-2017), Georgina Bates’, Brick by Brick Dance Projects (2017-present) Amanda + James, directed by Amanda Hameline (September 2017- present), and Spaces of Fontana, directed by Evelyn Hoelscher (2018-present). Kristi stepped into the role of Rehearsal Director and Choreography Assistant with Amanda + James for the production, “Lazer Eyes”— a three part techno dance opera experience in October 2018.
“Do it with passion, or
not at all.”
- Rosa Nochette Carey
In addition to stage and site specific performance, Kristi has been featured in various dance film productions. The film, Unstoppable, (Georgina Bates) in which Kristi was a featured dancer, screened at Lincoln Center as part of the Dance on Camera Festival (2018) in addition to venues in Queens and Brooklyn.
Outside of dancing for various companies and freelancing, Kristi is currently pursuing her own choreographic endeavors in addition to teaching private Pilates sessions. Her newest solo work, IN MY PLACE was curated and presented by Amanda + James at CPR (Center for Performance Research), in Brooklyn, NY (September 2019) and will continue to be presented throughout NYC and NJ in fall 2019 and spring 2020. Additionally, Kristi has collaborated with filmmaker, Shannon Finnell to create an original dance film, which will premiere in NYC for the Nasty Women Unite Festival in October, 2019.
For more information on upcoming performances and events, check out the upcoming shows page!
YOUR MOVE: NEW JERSEY’S MODERN DANCE FESTIVAL
10th Annual Your Move at Landmark Loew's Theater
Wed 11/13/19: 8P + Fri 11/15/19: 8P
Purchase tickets here!
Photos: Shannon Finnell
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 7:00 PM
Tickets are available at the door for $12 or purchased online
IN MY PLACE
When everywhere is crowded, who is expected to make themselves smaller? In this personal yet timely political solo work, IN MY PLACE, Cole uses her experience as a queer woman to physically investigate the space as a means to highlight the universal human desire to occupy equal space, and therefore equal value in the world. Through the use of heightened physical self-control, as well as clear division of the performance space, this work seeks to highlight the ways in which we knowingly or unknowingly participate in our own subjugation and begs the question: How do we overcome the situation?
Am I worthy? Who makes me feel as if I must even ask the question? How do the seemingly minute everyday experiences of being "other" manifest themselves physically and influence our willingness to be seen, heard and take what is rightfully ours? What role does the subconscious play in creating barriers, both physical and imaginary? Who drew them and who gets to erase them? How do we carry on despite the exhausting process of breaking down these barriers, only to see them rebuilt and reinforced by the social confines embedded within modern society?
When a finite solution seems impossible, the only viable option is to continue to fight to break through--to devour space, unapologetically.
“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”
— Joseph Pilates
Kristi received her full Pilates certification from Pilates Academy International at Pilates on Fifth in New York City in 2016 and has taught privates, duets and group classes to a wide range of populations.
Whether you are new to Pilates or if you have a longstanding practice, private sessions are a wonderful way to deepen and enhance your practice. Kristi offers customized private and duet sessions. Each session is tailored to help you meet your individual goals. Sessions may be done in your home (with or without equipment) or in a studio with Pilates equipment readily available.
*For all rate inquiries and bookings, please contact Kristi via the Contact page. Thank you!
“Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.”