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Episode 93 | A Performing Artist for the Trisha Brown Dance Company w/ Kimberly Fulmer

On this episode, Dance Behind the Screen podcast co-host Martheya interviews Kimberly Fulmer of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. They discuss the historical significance of Trisha Brown, using archives as a creative process, what it is like being a performing dance artist, and the future of her dance career post-2020. Enjoy this episode! (47:17)


[0:34] The Team says welcome back and introduces Kimberly Fulmer. The team tells us about Kimberly Fulmer and working with the Trisha Brown dance company.


[4:24] Topic: Dance Beginnings

  • [4:24] Reyna asks: “Tell us about your dance education growing up. Did you see your culture reflected in your dance studies classes in high school?”

  • [8:29] Reyna asks: “How did you both meet?”

[3:02] Topic: The Makings of a Company Dancer

  • [3:02] Martheya asks: “Can you take about one minute to briefly summarize your path with dance? Walk us through when you started dancing to where you are dancing now.”

  • [5:51] Martheya asks: “Can you share a brief history of who Trisha Brown is and what her company is all about?”

[9:33] Topic: Archives as a Process

  • [10:51] Martheya asks: “I am wondering if you can talk about the Trisha Brown Archive and how it is used during your rehearsal process?”

  • [11:36] Martheya asks: “Could you talk about what exactly that is [the building tape]?

  • [13:30] Martheya states: “Talk to me about how you use these building tapes to revive works.”

  • [15:33] Martheya asks: “Can you talk about the impact Trisha Brown’s work has made on your artistry?”

  • [18:28] Martheya asks: “Can you give some examples of when in rehearsal process or in life, when you think that way [“Do it and get off”]?

[26:49] Topic: Being a Performing Artist

  • [20:42] Martheya asks: “Could you share one of your favorite memories performing.”

  • [24:06] Martheya asks: “What do you think makes a strong performance?”

  • [26:45] Martheya asks: “How do you get into that state of present? Or how do you enter the work? Is there a process that you do before each work that is the same?”

  • [30:31] Martheya asks: “What advice would you have for a performing artist who might not be performing such iconic work, but definitely work that is just as important– what advice do you have for them? What advice do you have to have a strong performance practice?”

  • [33:13] Martheya asks: “Can you give us three quick things that you do everyday that shows kindness to your body?”

[34:44] Topic: Moving forward in the Post 2020 Age

  • [34:55] Martheya asks: “What has the process of finding the right school been like for you?”

  • [39:42] Martheya asks: “I think Social Media does ________ for the dance world”

  • [40:05] Martheya asks: “I say no to the BOX by ________”

  • [40:25] Martheya asks: “Do you find that companies are factoring in dancers’ social media platforms for hiring?”

  • [43:10] Martheya asks: “What do you think makes a dance company successful and stand the test of time?”

[42:03] Martheya asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[42:22] Martheya asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Competition dance or Mark Morris dance company

[42:44] Martheya asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Both

[42:51] Martheya asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram

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Connect with Kimberly Fulmer

Instagram: @kimberlyfulmer

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