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“A company I love enough to drive 6 hours round trip to see a 2 hour performance.”

– Arts Writer Neil Ellis Orts

“If I’d been able to, I’d have returned to the theatre four hours later to see True Story again.”

– Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle

The Four (3) Seasons
An abstract work set to Max Richter’s Recomposed: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Top 10 Brave Dance Artists of 2016 – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle
“When discourse is broken, meaningful abstract work is where it’s at.”


More or Less
Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2016/Honorable Mention – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
A 60-minute original dance performed with line upon line percussion’s rendition of Steven Reich’s masterpiece, “Drumming.”


True Story
Austin Critics Table Award for Best Dance Concert
Austin Critics Table Award for Best Dancer, D. Poet Powell
Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2015 – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
“Screen doors took on a Proustian resonance as dancers entered and exited through them, their transparency and old-timey creak and slam recalling past times at beaches, camps, grandparents’ homes, where one discovered individual freedom and bonded with others.” – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
Top 9 Big-Bang Dance Concerts of 2015 – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle
“Her dancers and each work – of at least two hourlong dances per year – seem even more sophisticated, more human, more poignant, and more important than the last…If I’d been able to, I’d have returned to the theatre four hours later to see True Story again.” – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle

More Than One Complication
Austin Critics Table Award for Best Choreography Award: Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Kate Warren, Charles Anderson and Lisa Nicks

Austin Critics Table Nomination for Best Dancer, Mariclaire Gamble
Best of Arts in 2015: The Fresh and Forward-thinking. – Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

“And how delightfully complicated it is… the only constant was its fabulous inconsistency. You didn’t know where it was going next. You were there to live in the moment, along with the dancers, and they were clearly relishing the opportunity.” – Claire Christine Spera, Austin American-Statesman

Briefs: An Episodic Adventure
Austin Critics Table Award – Best Duet – Alyson Dolan and Jack Anthony Dunlap II
Top 10 Kicky Linkups in 2014 – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle
“As Hamrick’s talented ensemble of eight unfolded the dance in waves, like a daily rhythm, the lines between the similar and the different became inscrutable. The differences between present and past compounded until the old was nearly eclipsed, but the seventh section (like the villanelle) was a reminder that – regardless of our intentions and efforts – the now is undeniably, inextricably rooted in what came before.” – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle

There, the Magnificent
Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2014 – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
“This dance’s celebration of small virtues and little kindnesses added up to a bigness of heart, inspiring with images of companionship and support.”
“A bigness of heart both deeply moving and inspiring.” – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle

Austin Critics Table Awards for 2014
Best Choreographer – Kathy Dunn Hamrick for “The Big Small” and “The Undoing of Nonet”
Best Dance Concert – “The Undoing of Nonet”
Best Dancer – Alyson Dolan
Best Dancer Nomination – Heather Quiring
Best Lighting Design – Stephen Pruitt for “The Undoing of Nonet”

The Undoing of Nonet
Top 9 All-in Dance Concerts of 2013 – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle
Top 10 (+1) Dance Classical Music Treasures of 2013 – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle

The Big Small
“Hamrick’s dances sneak up on you, rocking you gently until, about two-thirds through, a shiny truth emerges just beneath the surface, like a revelation from a Magic 8 Ball.” – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle

Bountiful: Three Modern Dances by Four Choreographers
Best Ensemble Nomination – Austin Critics Table
Top 10 Dances with Complexity, 2012 – Austin Chronicle

Scenes Flamboyant (and intimate)
“It’s all balance and power – grace, really – with an emotional weight.” – Luke Quinton, Austin American-Statesman

FlashDance, but Flashier: 30 MORE Dances in 60 Minutes
“In that whimsical yet tear-jerking 120 seconds, Hamrick anthropomorphized two cardboard boxes in a failed relationship – believe me, it was more than the sum of its parts.” – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle

2011 Top 10 (+1) Dances with Big Heart – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle

murmur 
“Moments of rapid foot work were immediately countered with slow gestures. Partnering always proved inventive. And slowly an emotional arc, enigmatic as it was, emerged. ‘Murmur’ proved to be masterly modern dancemaking.” – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
“Ineffable rhythmic lusciousness…glorious and challenging dance.” – Dawn Davis Loring, Austin Chronicle
Best Original Score Nomination for Jacob Hamrick – Austin Critics Table

Here.Me.Now
“I found myself moved, inspired, and thoroughly entertained by ‘Here.Me.Now’.” – ThunderTix
Best Dance Concert Nomination – Austin Critics Table
Best Dancer Nomination for Erica Santiago – Austin Critics Table

Alone, Alone
“Rather than take her usual humor-infused approach to creating abstract non-narrative dance, Hamrick went for thoughtful. ‘Alone, Alone’ was an emotionally resonant hour-long exploration of the state of being alone.” – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
Best Ensemble Nomination – Austin Critics Table

Her Majesty’s Well-Played Adventures
“KDH continues to have one of the strongest, most polished ensembles in the area… The six dancers in Hamrick’s piece looked fantastic together – on stage and on the video projected behind them.” – Clare Croft, Austin American-Statesman

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS
“An intriguing time travel through the company and director Kathy Dunn Hamrick’s shifting aesthetics.” – Clare Croft, Austin American-Statesman
“Saturday’s entire cast displayed the ability that makes KDH performances so consistently lovely and loving.” – Clare Croft, Austin American-Statesman

YES
“Visually smart, playful yet still very rigorous and precise in dance technique and set to delightful original music, in this case a charming new piece by Austin composer Tim Kerr.”  – Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

MOUNTAINS, SHIPS AND LIVES
“MOUNTAINS, SHIPS AND LIVES was an intriguing dance expression of the agitation and anxiety that roils under contemporary life.”  – Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

THE LOOP
“Something heavenly happens every time one of Kathy Dunn Hamrick’s dancers unfolds her arms and lifts her chest to the ceiling. The KDH Dance Company, performing Sunday at the One World Theatre, collects beautiful dancers, who unfurl their limbs with elegance and breath in the premiere of Hamrick’s ‘The Loop.’” – Clare Croft, Austin American-Statesman

The BarreTenders
Best Choreographer Nomination for Kathy Dunn Hamrick – Austin Critics Table
Best Dancer Nomination for Erica Santiago – Austin Critics Table

FLASHDANCE: 30 DANCES IN SIXTY MINUTES
“A fabulous hour-long dance” – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
“Bursts of illumination that captivate us and leave us wishing they lasted longer” – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
Best Dance Concert Nomination – Austin Critics Table
Best Choreographer Nomination for Kathy Dunn Hamrick – Austin Critics Table
Best Dancer Nomination for Marlo Harris – Austin Critics Table
Best Dancer Nomination for Lisa Nicks – Austin Critics Table

Monumental Baggage
Best Dance Concert Nomination – Austin Critics Table
Best Choreographer Nomination for Kathy Dunn Hamrick – Austin Critics Table
Best Dancer Nomination for Kathy Dunn Hamrick – Austin Critics Table

The Original History of the Ordinary Bean Plant
Best Original Score Nomination for Darren Castello – Austin Critics Table

The Big Push
Best Dance Concert, 2002 – Austin Critics Table Award
Best of Arts – Austin American-Statesman, 2002

Sleepless
Semi-finalist in Rencontres Choregraphique, 2002

The Bystander
Best Dance Concert Nomination – Austin Critics Table
Best Choreographer Nomination for Kathy Dunn Hamrick – Austin Critics Table
Best Female Dancer Nomination for Kathy Dunn Hamrick –  Austin Critics Table
Best of Arts – Austin American-Statesman, 2000

So Close
Top Ten Dance Events of 1999 – Austin Chronicle