Collette Stewart
Collette Stewart Pilates

Like most dancers, I’ve been dancing for a long time. It feels impossible to start the conversation about dance, because it’s always been ongoing. When I was young, dance was exhilarating and performing seemed a natural way to share joy. I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dance from Texas Christian University and UW Milwaukee respectively. Those educational processes unearthed my connection to beauty and the body, to sound, silence and meditation. I became interested in dance as something that isn’t just about motion or shape or physicality, but about your awareness in the midst of all those things.

Early on I danced with Contemporary Dance Fort Worth under the direction of Kerry Kreiman and Susan Douglas Roberts. After that, I danced in New York, pursuing projects with peers in the field and on my own (1*4*8 the collective, Dixiefun Dancetheater). I performed for 13 years with Jin-Wen Yu Dance in Madison where I’ve lived for a little over a decade. And recently, I returned to work with Susan Douglas Roberts through wild goose chase in Maine. Over the years, performing has refined my sense of flow, strength and motion and helped me establish a grounded ownership of how I embody another choreographer’s ideas.

I’ve been choreographing throughout my dance career. For me, performance and choreography have been and continue to be equally compelling. I’ve presented often in New York, Wisconsin and Texas (all places I’ve lived), and I continue to show work nationally and internationally in festivals as well (Colorado, New Mexico, California, France and others).

Dance has opened many doors over the years - all leading towards a better understanding of embodiment, kindness and joy.

Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates
Recent work on Vimeo

Life & Death is a quirky revision of the creation myth, emphasizing the interconnectedness of life and the ordinariness of death. A seamless blend of dance and storytelling, Life & Death is at once poignant satire and entertaining fun.

Dissolution is an exploration of gesture and its flow through the body. A solo of simplicity and elegance, the work is organized around the process of letting go, of sloughing off an old sense of self and releasing the unnecessary effort it takes to hold onto who you have been in the past.

A blend of wry text, precise gesture and a spacious, yet grounded sound score, Anything But Ordinary explores the feelings we avoid, the trap of being comfortable and what happens when we pay attention to the simple everyday connections we all have in common.

Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates
Collette Stewart Pilates

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