Since 2012, pianist Kate Campbell and choreographer/dancer Katelyn Halpern have performed as the bi-coastal interdisciplinary duo K A T E S, entangling new solo piano music with contemporary dance and blurring the roles of musician and dancer. Sound, motion, story, and play are seamlessly blended throughout each concert, as are the performers’ roles. The free mix of roles and elements becomes a binding agent, leading to beautifully crafted concert experiences. In their alternately poised and playful repertoire, which includes a commissioned piece by Lainie Fefferman; collaboration with Leila Adu; compositions by Missy Mazzoli, Mayke Nas, Marc Mellits, and Ryan Brown; and original arrangements, K A T E S creates intimate, integrated worlds of performance.
Their captivating work has garnered invitations to perform at dance and music festivals across the country: Switchboard Presents in San Francisco, Dance Conversations at the Flea Theater in New York, NYsoundCircuit at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York, and Omaha Under the Radar in Omaha, NE.
Hailed as a "brilliant pianist" (Financial Times), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music. She has worked closely with leading composers such as Pulitzer Prize winners Steve Reich, David Lang, and Caroline Shaw, and is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism to "sleek and spirited" minimalism, to indie classical. She makes her home in the Bay Area.
Katelyn Halpern is a dancemaker, teacher, and interdisciplinary collaborator from Austin, Texas. In addition to performing with K A T E S, she directs the freshly minted modern dance company Katelyn Halpern & Dancers, co-creates the zine Under Glass, and makes interactive labyrinths and dance installations for Do a Dance! She lives in Jersey City.