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kloetzel&co. is a dance theatre company committed to creating works that span stage, site, and screen.
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kloetzel&co. is a dance theatre company committed to creating works that span stage, site, and screen. Begun in 1997 in New York City, kloetzel&co. has been on the move since 2000 with its most recent home in Calgary, Canada. The company approaches each new creation as a research process and the resulting work often evolves from experimentation with text, characterization, rigorous movement inquiry, film, and/or site-specific investigation. kloetzel&co. is particularly dedicated to artistic collaboration and interdisciplinary practices and attempts to foster creative experiments with writers, filmmakers, composers, designers, visual artists, and musicians in each place along its choreographic journey.

Melanie Kloetzel - photo by Greg Nicholl

Melanie Kloetzel

Melanie Kloetzel is a choreographer, performer, scholar, and educator. She is the artistic director of kloetzel&co., which she founded in New York in 1997 and which has traveled with her across the US and now into Canada. Kloetzel has created over 40 evening-length works, site-specific performances, showcase pieces, and dance films for the company or as a guest artist. She approaches her creative process using practice-as-research methodologies and her reflections/analysis of her creative practices have enjoyed publication in peer-reviewed journals and edited anthologies. Her own anthology with Carolyn Pavlik, Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces, which has received positive reviews in numerous journals as well as nominations for awards from both US-based professional dance societies, is currently available in hard cover, paperback, and as an eBook from the University Press of Florida. Before taking a position as Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Calgary, Kloetzel was the Director of the Dance program at Idaho State University from 2004-2007. Kloetzel has performed nationally and internationally with such artists as Ann Carlson and the Leah Stein Dance Company, and was a member of Race Dance under the direction of Lisa Race from 1995-2000. Kloetzel holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California at Riverside in addition to a B.A. and an M.A. in History from Swarthmore College and the University of Montana, respectively. She was also a 2003 recipient of the Chancellors Distinguished Fellowship Award from The University of California.


Over the years, kloetzel&co. has been fortunate to collaborate with artists across the globe. In the past decade, some of these remarkable artists include:

John Masserini, clarinetist, Flagstaff, AZ
Naomi Brand, dancer and choreographer, Vancouver, BC
Jeff Curtis, filmmaker, Seattle, WA
Fergus Dunnet, visual artist, Glasgow, UK
Jennifer Mahood, cinematographer, Calgary, AB
Phil Smith, site-specific creator and playwright, Exeter, UK
Geoffrey Friedley, singer, Pocatello, ID
Rose Ruane, writer and visual artist, Glasgow, UK

Deanne Walsh, dancer and choreographer, Calgary, AB
Carmen Braden, composer, Yellowknife, NWT
Greg Nicholl, poet, Baltimore, MD
Kristin Smith, visual artist, Minneapolis, MN
Mark Neiwirth, pianist, Pocatello, ID
Derek Beaulieu, poet, Calgary, AB
Ben Alexander, set and lighting designer, Flagstaff, AZ
Tracy Murray, costume designer, Calgary, AB

As well as exceptional dancers such as Chalie Livingston, Caileen Bennett, Deanna Witwer, Jessalyn Britton, Kirsten Wiren, Veronica Benz, Liisa Hohn, and more!