Movement Migration is a collective of seasoned dance artists collaborating to create dynamic and poignant dance works that portray depth of beauty and life experience. Directed by Kim Jones, the ensemble's members are steeped in the celebrated traditions of classical ballet and modern dance, each having achieved professional expertise in distinct technical training and performance. From these varied backgrounds, they are shaping new ideas about contemporary movement expressions.
Kim Jones is Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center. She danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2006) and the metropolitan Opera Ballet (1998-2003) and served as a principal dancer in the US National Tour of The King and I (2005).
Most recently, choreographer Paul Taylor offered Tracer (1962), a collaboration with the artist Robert Rauschenberg (set and costumes), as the subject of a scholarly reconstruction by Jones. Jones set the work on Taylor 2 Dance Company members, who re-premiered Tracer at UNC Charlotte in September 2016, and performed it again in New York City. This project was supported by NEA Arts Work grant, ASC, UNCC Faculty Research grants, and by Wells Fargo. Michael J. Solender’s article on the project appeared in The New York Times. link: http://nyti.ms/2bN0KFF
In 2012-2013, Jones reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture (1935), which is now on tour with the Martha Graham Dance Company. The costume reconstruction of Imperial Gesture was displayed at the museum at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her “American modernism: Reimagining Martha Graham’s Lost Imperial Gesture (1935)” was the cover article of the December 2015 issue of Dance Research Journal. In May 2016, Jones performed Imperial Gesture at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Jones has also restaged Graham’s Primitive Mysteries (1931), Panorama (1935), and Steps in the Street (1936) for UNC Charlotte.