Kolcio, Katja P.
Associate Professor of Dance
Theater and Dance Studios 110
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies Program
MA Ohio State University
MA University of Georgia Athens
PHD Ohio State University
Katja Kolcio is Associate Professor of Dance, and core faculty member of the College of the Environment at Wesleyan University. Her primary research interests lie in social somatic theory and research methodology, investigating the role of physical engagement and creativity in practices of knowledge production, as well as in twentieth century dance history. Katja's choreography engages the communities and environments within which it occurs. Her interests include integrating traditional and vernacular arts into contemporary performance. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University, an M.A. in Political Science from University of Georgia, and an M.A. in Dance and Ph.D. in Somatics/Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University.
Publications: Movable Pillars Creating a Foundation for Dance Studies in the Academy, 1956-1978 (2010, Wesleyan University Press), Faking It: The Necessary Blind Spots of Understanding (2009, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies), A Somatic Engagement of Technology (2005, International Journal for Performance Art and Digital Media), Branching Out: Oral Histories of the Founding of Six National Dance Organizations (2000, American Dance Guild, nominated for the De La Torre Bueno Prize), and book reviews in the Dance Research Journal and the New England Theater Journal. Choreography: Katja has received choreographic fellowships from the New York State Council of the Arts and Meet the Composer, and has been commissioned to create original choreography for Yara Arts Group (NYC), Ukrainian Stage Ensemble, Wittenberg College, Duke University, Ohio State University (Slavic Studies Program), Antioch College, New York University (Department of Music). Choreography has been presented at Judson Church, New York University Black Box Theater, St. Marks Church, The Ukrainian Museum of New York, The Bridge for Dance, La Mama Experimental Theatre, the Ukrainian Institute of America, various community gardens throughout NYC, the Honchar Museum (Kyiv, Ukraine), Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine) and in colleges around the United States.