School of Theatre & Dance

Bliss Kohlmyer


Bliss Kohlmyer is the Co-Artistic Director of project agora a San Francisco-based curatorial organization that promotes creative dialogue among artists through presenting evenings of work featuring interdisciplinary collaborations. Her company has received numerous grants and commissions. Summer ’15 Kohlmyer and Co-Artistic Director Kara Davis were invited emerging choreographers at the prestigious Bates Dance Festival. They performed their work, Convers(at)ions, for the Different Voices Concert, and began the creation of a new duet, Panopticon, that will premiere at the San Francisco Museum of Performance + Design January 2018. In addition, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Dance Gallery Festival and Breaking Ground, have presented their work. Summer 2016, project agora performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In May 2013, her collaborative work, Epigrams, was presented at the Mona Bismarck Center for American Culture in Paris. She has also presented at the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) conference in Trondheim, Norway, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conferences in Miami and Chicago, and Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO). She has received commissions from LINES Ballet Summer Program, Dickinson College, Florida State College, Loyola Marymount University, Jacksonville University, Florida Dance Festival, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Sam Houston State University, Beijing Normal University, Moving Current Dance Collective, Pendulo Cero Danza Contemporanea, and Robert Moses’ Kin. Her collaborative work with pianist Svetozar Ivanov (Sound Moves Duo), has been presented in Florida, Michigan, Colorado, England, Austria, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. In New York City, she danced and toured internationally with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Sean Curran Company. In San Francisco, she danced with Janice Garrett and Dancers, Robert Moses’ Kin, and The San Francisco Opera Ballet, among others. Bliss has set a number of Moses’ works at University of South Florida, Cal Poly, and Jacob’s Pillow. In 2011, Bliss graduated from the University of Washington with an MFA in Dance. An artist with national/international recognition as a choreographer/performer/creative scholar, she is engaged in an ongoing and deep research process that uses the concept of liminality, or the state of being in the in-between, to investigate the layered intricacies of our inter-personal/ intra-personal interactions and the states that separate victim/villain, sanity/insanity, life/death, young/old, individual/group, earth/spirit, water/vapor, thought/action. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida.

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