Kayla Farrish/Decent Structure Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. She’s received three choreographic commissions: Of Bones Dance (2014) and Houses on the Moon Theater Company (2016), and Danspace (2019). She co-choreographed Gods and Accepting Darkness with Nik Owens (2015). Studying photography and film with Yara Travesio, Benjamin Heller, and Brooklyn Central, she created Beloved Loveless portraits, premiered With Delicacy and Permanence interdisciplinary solo, and formed 5 short films through Chez Bushwick Residency in 2017.
In 2018, she developed live works: Wager/With grit From, Grace, Black Bodies Sonata, and Why I Can’t Hold Strangers performing at Judson Church, Danspace, BAAD!, and other spaces. She produced “Spectacle” Film and Live Performance evening length work through Pepatian DYF Residency. In 2019, she is creating The New Frontier Film and (My Dear America) live work through Keshet MSE program, BAX Summer Space Grant, Petronio Residency Center, and Danspace Fall Commision.
Marielis Garcia , a native New Yorker, has been a dance performance artist for over 10 years, and is director of MG DanceArts. She is currently a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company and Helen Simoneau Danse. Garcia has had the privilege to perform and tour with Steps Repertory Ensemble (NY), Peter Kyle Dance (NY), iKapa (Cape Town), and Douglas Dunn and Dancers (NY), among others. She received her BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice. Her work has been presented by Appalachian State University, Salem College, Howard Community College, University of North Carolina Greensboro and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In 2014, La MaMa theater awarded Garcia with a three-week residency, supporting and presenting a new work in Spoleto, Italy, and in 2017 she was a University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Fellow. She is a 2017, 2018 and 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant recipient. Marielis is co-director of STUFFED: Dinner and Dance, a free quarterly community event that serves a warm meal and dance performance. www.marielisgarcia.com
Kristin Taylor Duncan is a Durham native with a BFA from the UNC School of the Arts. Kristin has apprenticed with Urban Bush Women, and worked with choreographers Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown and Sidra Bell, Andrea Woods Valdez, Helen Simoneau, Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, Juel Lane, Gaspard Louis, Allison Gordon, and Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza of Venezuela. Kristin has performed with Kariamu Welsh and Nnenna Freelon.
Mrs. Duncan is a recipient of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant producing her first concert for KT COLLECTIVE. She has been commissioned to create works by Helen Simoneau, NC Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum, NC Museum of History and Myra Weiss. Recently Kristin has performed a solo work by Jasmine Powell. Ms. Powell also invited Kristin to perform in the “Problem PSA” by vocalist Kwanza Jones.
Mrs. Duncan is the Dance Educator at Riverside High School, Encore Academy of Dance, Ballet School of Chapel Hill and Walltown Children’s Theatre. Kristin is excited to create and restage works for KT COLLECTIVE’s October 2019 season.