"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
ROBERT MOSES' KIN
EST. 1995 / SAN FRANCISCO, CA
A nationally recognized contemporary dance company founded in 1995, Robert Moses' Kin is a prolific and exciting dance company that has a repertory of over 100 works. The company's mission is to produce work which speaks to what is specific and unique in human nature. 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.
Robert Moses' diverse company is known for its eclectic movement vocabulary, demanding choreography, ferocious dancing, and provocative themes. 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 regional, national and international recognition.
Since founding Robert Moses' Kin, Moses has collaborated with a number of prominent dancers, musicians, composers, sculptors, authors, poets, and designers to realize the concept of dance as a unifying form of art, an art-form which speaks broadly from a specific place. The company has commissioned works from choreographer Terence Marling, Latanya Tigner, Julia Adam, Alonzo King, Sara Shelton Mann, Margaret Jenkins, KT Nelson and Robert Henry Johnson. In addition, Moses has collaborated with numerous other artists including Carl Hancock Rux, PC Muñoz, Marcus Shelby, SoVoSo, Keith Terry, Will Power, Frank Boehm, Joe Venegoni, Dan Reiter, Joanna Haigood, Amy Seiwert, Alex Ketley, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble and the poets of Youth Speaks.
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 opportunities to universities, colleges, and festivals, including Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, OPEN LOOK St. Petersburg International Dance Festival, Serendipity Arts Festival (Kolkata, India), Dance Center at Columbia College, University of Nevada, Stockton University, University of Texas, University of South Florida, Orange Coast College, Dance Umbrella, Stanford University, ProArts Collective, the Maine Festival, and New York's City Center's Fall for DanceFestival. Robert Moses' KIN regularly participates in residencies and offers master classes and lecture-demonstrations while on tour.
The company's work has earned a host of awards, including seven Bay Area Isadora Duncan Awards (IZZIES), for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Outstanding Achievement in Performance-Company, and Best Individual Performance. Robert Moses and the company have also been awarded a Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award in Dance (Goldie) and a San Francisco Weekly Black Box Award for Choreography.
Robert Moses' Kin has been the recipient of major funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller MAP Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, California Arts Council, and Walter & Elise Hass Fund.
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.