Kara Davis

Lecturer

Dance

Kara Davis began her career performing with several ballet companies including Ballet Met, Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet, the San Francisco Opera Ballet and Ballet Jorgen in Toronto, Ontario. For the past twelve years she has lived in San Francisco and has danced for a variety of contemporary companies and independent choreographers such as Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Pearl Ubungen Dancers & Musicians, Mary Carbonara, Robert Moses, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She is a founding member of KUNST-STOFF and Janice Garrett & Dancers. She won an “Izzie” in 2004 for “Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance” for “her season” as a Bay Area free-lance artist. Along with naming Ms. Davis as San Francisco’s “MVP” for 2005, Rachel Howard of the SF Chronicle describes Davis’ choreography as “sculpturally exquisite and shape-shifting” full of “emotion that never feels manufactured, overearnest or forced”. In 2006 she formed project-agora with friend and colleague Bliss Kholmyer Dowman (www.project-agora.com), a curatorial organization that produces interdisciplinary collaborations involving artists who both challenge and compliment each others’ aesthetics. Davis has taught at the Atlanta Ballet School, Berkeley Ballet, SF Ballet School, San Francisco Dance Center, Alonzo King’s Lines Pre-Professional & BFA Program, and ODC children’s program. Since September 2006 she has hosted a dancer/musician improvisation jam that brings the dance and music communities together to explore different modalities of improvisation. The jam has been featured on SPARK over the past year. Ms. Davis has recently been rewarded the CHIME Artists in Mentorship residency with Bay Area choreographer Alex Ketley for 2009. She was also selected to be an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts for Fall 2009. (Photo credit: Breton Tynor Bryan)