Deborah Karp Dance Projects creates and performs relevant, experimental dance that is rooted in the sensing, thinking body and driven by a process of inquiry and exploration.
Formally founded in 2010 during production for an annual site-specific performance on a Brooklyn rooftop, DKDP has performed original work since 2003 in non-traditional and proscenium venues on both coasts of the United States. In the Bay, DKDP has been presented at TAC: Temescal Arts Center as an inaugural Artist-in-Residence, ODC’s Creative Work/Play Series, The Garage, East Bay SwapFest 2014, and 2nd Sundays Dance Salon and through self-production at the Joe Goode Annex. In 2015 DKDP produced Perform: Education, an evening of performance and discussion examining the intersection of art-making and art-teaching. New York performances of DKDP have been seen at Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Green Space, The Bushwick Starr, and Whitewave/DUMBO Dance Festival. Previously to its official founding, Deborah Karp Dance Projects received grant awards from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities to travel to Honduras and collaborate with company DanzAbra, and to create a site-specific evening of dance for professional and community dancers in the Josephine Butler Center, a community space housed in a historic Renaissance-Revival mansion in Washington D.C. DKDP has received funding from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Clorox Company Foundation, and numerous generous individuals. Deborah Karp Dance Projects is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group.
Deborah Karp is a dance artist whose work spans choreography, performance, and dance education. Since relocating to the Bay Area after seven years as a Brooklyn-based dance artist, she has been a two-time Artist-in-Residence at TAC: Temescal Arts Center in Oakland, a member of the Resident Artists’ Workshop at The Garage and developed new work as part of ODC’s Creative Work Play/Series. In New York, her choreography was produced by Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts and Green Space. As an artist-administrator, Deborah presented, performed in, hosted and collaboratively coordinated East Bay SwapFest 2014. In her role as a performer, Deborah was a seven-year member of the Nancy Meehan Dance Company and has performed the work of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Susan Rethorst, Megan Nicely/Dance, Leyya Tawil/DANCE ELIXIR and Rebecca Davis. Currently a teaching artist with Luna Dance Institute, Deborah has also taught with Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® and San Francisco Ballet’s Dance In Schools and Communities program. Her article, Choreographer in the Classroom: At the Intersection of Dance and Academic Curriculum, was published in InDance in May 2013. She is the Artistic Director of Deborah Karp Dance Projects and was a member of the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee for the 2014-2015 season.