Dance Projects


  • Alyssa Alpine

  • Natsuki Arai

  • Toby Billowitz

  • Hope Davis

  • Jean Freebury

  • Anna Hillengas

  • Anna Jordan

  • Minna Liimatainen

  • Bob Lukomski

  • Peter Richards

  • Rachel Schroeder

  • Bryan Schuman

  • Paul Singh

  • Storme Sundberg

  • Derry Swan

  • Jessica Weiss

  • Sarah Young

collaborators & performers past and present

  • Matthew Applebaum - composer
  • Joy Havens - costume designer
  • Kelly Hayes - choreographer
  • Cynthia Hopkins - composer
  • Janusz Jaworski - filmmaker
  • Mary McKenzie - costume designer


Katy Orthwein is a choreographer and dancer based in New York City. Orthwein's work has been presented at Joyce SoHo Presents, Dance New Amsterdam's RAW Directions series, the 92nd St. Y Fridays at Noon series, Take Root and Green Space Blooms at Green Space Studio, Triskelion Arts, Cherlyn Lavagnino's Salon Series at the James Cohan Gallery, and Tribeca Cinemas in New York City, Studio 303 in Montreal, and Sentry Theater in Wisconsin. Orthwein's work has been called "ambitious" by The New York Times, and wrote that she created "moments of beauty and depth that resonate." Orthwein was awarded a Creative Development Residency from Mount Tremper Arts in 2009, as well as being a contributor to the series Artists on Making Art for the Mount Tremper Arts blog.

Orthwein was the Co-Artistic Director of RedShift Dance with Kelly Hayes from 2003 to 2008. RedShift Dance produced three full evenings of work in New York: The MONSTER Project (2003) at WAX, In Case of Rapture and other dances (2006) at Arts at University Settlement, and Tell Her/To Stay (2008), produced in association with Joyce SoHo. RedShift Dance has performed in New York at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Dance New Amsterdam, WAX, University Settlement, the Dancenow Festival at DTW, the Performance Mix Festival, Joyce SoHo Presents, the Solar One Solar Powered Dance Festival, the DUMBO Dance Festival, Chashama, Mulberry St. Theatre, and the Limon Institute. National venues include the CT meets NY Dance Festival in Norwalk, Connecticut, the First Glance Atlanta Festival in Georgia, Richmond Virginia's Firehouse Theatre, and the Sentry Theatre in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Orthwein is originally from Chicago, IL and Amherst, WI. She holds a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University (1999) , where she was a member of the University Dance Company and a recipient of the Vicki Blaine Scholarship for Choreography. She was also a guest student in the dance department at Middlebury College. In New York, Orthwein has performed with Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, Dixie Fun Dance Theatre, jill sigman/thinkdance, Pele Bauch, Lisa Gonzales and Elizabeth Solomon. Orthwein has been a technical and rehearsal assistant for Dixie Fun Dance Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and the MilanOltre and Civitanova Danza festivals in Italy. She was the project assistant for jill sigman/ thinkdance in Rupture: Phase II at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin.

Orthwein is the co-owner of Inwood Healing Arts in northern Manhattan. She is a licensed massage therapist, a biodynamic craniosacral practitioner and mama to Vivienne. 

artist's statement

Dance is the art form I have been drawn to inhabit and explore. Movement is my foundation for expression and creativity, and I am fascinated by the possibilities it affords.

I am interested in exploring the many realms of relationship, specifically how we relate to our own psyche, emotions, imagination and memories and how these inner relationships guide our connections with other people. I explore how we connect to or retreat from ourselves, other people and the world around us, and the myriad of choices we encounter as we move through life. I am inspired and influenced by my collaborations with other artists, and am committed to continued collaborative endeavors.

I am striving to create original work which offers a distinct world for the audience to enter into, with movement at the core of my explorations. I am interested in gestural specificity and nuance forming a language unique to the world being created, and the many permutations and variations of movement which can build and morph from that place. I want to create work that engages and enfolds the audience, while leaving an openness for the spontaneity of live performance. The juxtaposition of intimacy and distance interests me, along with conveying a sense of the very personal as a window to the universal.


Katy Orthwein