Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® Artist Educator

Working in the mediums of dialogue, participation, and collaboration, Krissie Marty makes dances with people who aren’t traditionally considered dancers. As Community Collaborations Director and Associate Artistic Director of Forklift Danceworks, she most often engages working people in artmaking to ask audiences to reconsider their relationship to labor and laboring bodies. She created and directed RE Source, featuring the employees and machinery of a Goodwill recycling warehouse, and, with Allison Orr, co-directed: Served, a dance for Williams College Dining Services staff; The Trash Project Rotterdam as a commission for the International Community Arts Festival, PowerUP featuring employees of Austin’s electrical utility; Play Ball Downs Field on a historic Negro League baseball field; Afoot! A Marching Band Extravaganza in Houston’s East End; The Trees of Govalle featuring employees of Austin’s Urban Forestry Program and Govalle neighborhood residents, as well as conceived of and co-directed the multi-year project My Park, My Pool, My City, dances for city pools and their people including Bartholomew Swims, Nadamos Dove Springs and Givens Swims. She is currently developing a project with Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.

Marty’s community-based choreography has been made in partnership with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Stratford Circus (London), Chateau de Cazals (France), and Adugna Dance Company (Ethiopia). Marty worked as a faculty member and choreographer with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for over a decade. She choreographed movement for theatre with Big Art Group (NYC and international tours), Washington Shakespeare Company, and Imagination Stage (DC). She has worked with countless artists, teachers, and students at Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Pediatric Unit at Georgetown Medical Center, and in home-health/hospice care centers.