On this lovely Tete a Tete Thursday, we’ll be talking to the equally lovely Kate Hatfield. Kate is a choreographer, dancer, and poet. She is the Artistic Director and Director of Choreography of Lexington's only contemporary dance company,
Movement Continuum, which will be performing their first informal concert, Finding Home this weekend at the Downtown Arts Center. Over the past six years Kate has been awarded 22 choreography awards, and has taught and choreographed for universities, private studios and the public school system. She is the founder of Project: Warm Hands, Warm Feet, a charity benefiting the homeless during Lexington's coldest months. And is currently working on beginning Moving North, a charity program to benefit the youth of Lexington's North Side through free dance classes. She is a member of Nikky Finney's summer writing program, The Twenty, has been featured as a poet alongside Pulitzer Prize nominee, Maurice Manning, as well as a guest speaker at Idea Festival Lexington.
The Bourbonista: Tell me about yourself in 50 words or less. At least one word must begin with the letter “X” and none can begin with the letter “S.”
Kate: I am a choreographer, dancer, poet, freelance mermaid, Fruity Pebbles enthusiast, wannabe dragon lord, obsessive compulsive, barefoot walker, encourager of xylophone buying, feminist, humanist, woman, fighter, lover, unicorn believer, I believe in everything impossible, I don't know what it means to back down.
The Bourbonista: We’ve been friends for years and you’ve never encouraged me to buy a xylophone. I’m hurt...I'm over it. Moving on, if you were a circus performer, what would you be and why?
Kate: If I were in the circus, I would want to either be one of the girls that hangs from the ceiling in the silks and does all kinds of contortion tricks twenty feet above the ground, or I'd have to yank the title of Ring Mistress. I think top hats are a very becoming fashion statement.
The Bourbonista: I agree. Top hats add panache to any outfit and in the proper proportion can totally balance out big hips. I’m thinking about wearing one with my bathing suit this summer. So, what would you do if you won the lottery?
Kate: If I won the lottery, I'd want to do a bajillion different things. First, I'd pay off my parent's mortgage on their house, and their car payments. Then, I'd pay off my car, because debt really sucks. Whatever camera gear Landon wanted, he'd get it. Then, I'd buy a farm and empty out as many humane societies as possible so the pups and the kittens could go running around with an endless supply of food and water and sunshine. I'd pay for my niece and nephew's college. I would have built-in bookshelves. If I won the lottery, I'd take care of the people I love. I would buy my company, movement continuum, a beautiful, naturally lit dance studio. We would all have a place of our own.
The Bourbonista: I want to frolic with the puppies and kittens on your farm. Actually, I just want to frolic period. There is just not enough frolicking in society today, which probably why there is so much crime, which leads me to our next question…if you were on death row…don’t act like you don’t know who you killed to get there…what would be your last supper?
Kate: My last supper? Geez Louise. That one is super tough. I think I'd want a carrot cake donut from N. Lime Coffee & Donuts, tofu pad thai from Planet Thai, a piece of peanut butter pie from Missy's, and as always, a Diet Coke. Maybe, like, five Diet Cokes.
The Bourbonista: You, with the “Geez Louise” and the “Holy Cannoli” …adorable. You sound like a character from The Great Gatsby, which I cannot wait to see. I say you and I make a date and go see it at Movie Tavern. Wouldn’t that just be the bee’s knees? Now, write a short “Thank You” letter to your future self for all the cool shit you’ve done twenty years from now.
I want to thank you for being strong, for only crumbling a handful of times. Thank you for learning commitment, focus, and vision so early. You shouldn't have had to mature so quickly, no twenty year old deserves to have to feel like they're fifty, but, in my opinion, you handled it beautifully. Thank you for fighting for those around you so fiercely. Thank you for trusting your gut, even when you were scared. Thank you for always knowing who you were. Thank you for letting yourself feel deeply, and never being ashamed. Thank you for being brave. I know it was hard. xo.
The Bourbonista: Indeed, I’ll drink to that. But, then again, I’ll drink to most anything. Speaking of drinking, if you were a booze, which booze would you be and who would you want to drink you?
Kate: I don't really drink much, really at all, so I'd want to be something casual, but not so typical. How about a Stella Artois? I like those. Who would I want to drink me? Absolutely, not a single "bro." Anybody else, feel welcome.
DON'T MISS Movement Continuum's first informal concert, Finding Home, premiering tonight, May 9th, with a "Pay What You Can" performance sponsored by PNC Bank at 7:30PM at the Downtown Arts Center in the Black Box Theater.. There will be two more performances on May 10 & 11, also at 7:30PM. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students. Finding Home is the acoustic version of the typically extravagant Movement Continuum traversing the lifeline of a love story. It exists to create an emotional connection between the audience and the performers, not only as dancers, but also as women.
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