Contemporary Composition, Aesthetics, Technique, Collaboration.
Rob Kitsos is an acclaimed dancer, dance instructor, performing artist, musician, visual artist and choreographer who has performed across North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed his own and other works at international festivals including the Spoletto Festival in Charleston South Carolina, the World Expo in Lisbon, the Grec Festival in Barcelona, the Palais Royale in Paris, and others in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Venezuela. Kitsos has also appeared in well-known theatres including the Cultural Center in Hong Kong, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Joyce Theatre and DTW in New York. He has been commissioned by artists and companies in Hong Kong, Seattle and Vancouver including Bard on the Beach and the British Colombia Ballet in Vancouver BC. Rob has been a member of more than fifteen performing companies and collaborated with many artists which cover a broad range of styles from mime to hip hop, improvisation to ballet, including the Doug Elkins Dance Company, Gina Gibney Dance, Hillary Easton, Jannis Brenner, KT Niehoff, Colin Connor, Pat Graney, the Chamber Dance Company, Peter Bingham and the Berkshire Ballet.
As a choreographer, Rob has created over 80 original works, many of which include collaborations with artists from a range of disciplines. He has studied Mime at Ecole Jacques Lacoq in Paris and played drums in a rock band in popular clubs like CBGB's in New York City as well as a tour through Spain in 2004 with the band Westport Sunrise Sessions based in New York City. He continues to record and collaborate with the WWS. Rob has composed and performed many of his own sound scores and video projections for his choreography. Rob has received support from the Social Science and Research Council through Simon Fraser University, the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for his project WAKE. In addition to other support, Rob was awarded support from the Leisure and Cultural Council in Hong Kong in 2003 as well as the Donald E. Peterson Endowed Fellowship for Excellence at the University of Washington in 2001 and 2002.
In addition to choreographing and performing, Rob has been teaching dance in universities for twelve years. He was a Guest Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998, a full time faculty member at the University of Washington from 1998-2002. He then began a two-year Senior Lecturer position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2004, Rob joined the faculty of Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts. He will be serving as Undergraduate Chair of Contemporary arts and head of Curriculum over the next three years. He teaches contemporary dance, composition, repertory, dance aesthetics, improvisation in performance and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Rob received his BA in Theatre/Dance from Bard College and his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 1997.