Kim Brooks Mata
Kim Brooks Mata is a dance artist, collaborator, and educator currently serving as the Head and Artistic Director of the Dance Program at the University of Virginia (UVA) and as guest faculty in the Integrated Movement Studies Certification program. She studied dance at The Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) in the Netherlands and at the University of Utah where she received her MFA in Modern Dance. Her work has been presented in Kentucky, Utah, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. As a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) her choreography, teaching, and performance coaching all rely heavily on her background in somatics. Common themes found in her creative work focus on the exploration of identity, relationality, and the mediated body through dance performance and choreography (both live and digital). clearing premiered in Cape Charles, VA as a part of Experimental Film Virginia in August 2017. For this work, Kim had the pleasure of working with many talented artists including dancers from Balletto Teatro di Torino (Ballet Theatre of Turin), a professional contemporary dance company based in Turin, Italy.