Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance
scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment
after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called “a force of nature” by the New York
Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably
enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” according to Time Out
Magazine, London. Simson’s eternal subject is freedom, as she dares to go beyond
the boundaries of form and structure to create movement out of the rhythm of life
For the past thirty-five years Kirstie has collaborated with many dancers and
musicians who share a common interest in researching improvisation including:
Steve Paxton; Nancy Stark Smith; Simone Forti; Michael Schumacher; Adam
Benjamin; Mei Li; musician Le Quan Ninh and many others.
She was awarded a London Time Out ‘Dance and Performance Award’ as “a unique
figure in the dance world” and Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times said of her
dancing “Kirstie Simson is justly celebrated in Britain for exquisite, sensuous
dancing that seems to come from some simple force of nature”.
She is renowned today as an excellent teacher and captivating performer who is a
leading light in the field of dance improvisation. She is invited to teach and perform
all over the world; working with major dance companies including Sasha Waltz and
Guests, DV8, and Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan; teaching in universities, and
conservatories; in performance festivals and private studios.
A documentary film about her work has been made by filmmaker Katrina
McPherson called Force of Nature now available through
In January 2008 Kirstie joined the faculty of the Dance Department at the University
of Illinois in Urbana Champaign where she is an Associate Professor.
When the UIUC is not in session Kirstie is based in Cynghordy, Wales from where
she continues her research, teaching and performing internationally.
Photographer RH Chen