"My work expresses my concern with the honor, dignity, truth and potential of real people. Human lives and beliefs are the material, the choreographic elements, of my work."
- Robert Moses
Founded in 1995 in San Francisco, the internationally celebrated dance company Robert Moses’ KIN uses movement as the medium through which race, class, culture, and gender are used to voice the existence of our greater potential and unfulfilled possibilities.
The diverse company is known for its eclectic movement vocabulary, demanding choreography, ferocious dancing, and provocative themes. Artistic Director Robert Moses' focus on the expressiveness of the human body and his desire to speak with the voices of his African American heritage have produced works with global recognition. RMK has collaborated with prominent dancers, musicians, composers, sculptors, authors, poets, and designers to realize the concept of dance as a unifying art form.
Robert Moses' KIN has presented an annual home season in San Francisco since 1995, premiering several new works every year, with a repertory of over 100 works that range from neoclassical ballet to postmodern movement theatre. Over the past several years, Robert Moses' KIN has enjoyed an increase in touring to universities, colleges, and festivals, including Jacob's Pillow, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, OPEN LOOK St. Petersburg International Dance Festival, Serendipity Arts Festival (Kolkata, India), Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, the Maine Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, and Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century.
Robert Moses’ KIN has a substantial catalogue of dance works made for film and video and featuring sound scores and text composed by Moses, including A Few Words on Financial Literacy, Una Historia del Momento, The Road to a New Hope, Unmarked, Untitled Elegy, and For Our Students, For Our Schools, created as a fundraiser for the San Francisco Unified School District at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020.
The company's work has earned a host of awards, including seven Isadora Duncan Awards (IZZIES), for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Outstanding Achievement in Performance-Company, and Best Individual Performance. Robert Moses and the company have been honored with a Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award in Dance (Goldie) and a San Francisco Weekly Black Box Award for Choreography.
Robert Moses' KIN is supported through the Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (COHI) Managing Organizational Vitality and Endurance, a program of The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by National Endowment for the Arts, SF Human Rights Commission, Center for Cultural Innovation, Princess Grace Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller MAP Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, California Arts Council, Walter & Elise Hass Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, and generous individuals.
An ambitious and diverse company, Robert Moses' Kin has received tremendous national media coverage in such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Dance Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, The Village Voice, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, as well as on radio, television and the internet.
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Robert Moses' KIN celebrates over two decades of presenting dance as community service, engagement and inclusion, meeting our mission to hold humanity at its core. We use race, class, culture, and beliefs as mediums for focused expression. Please help us raise funds to support our artists.