With a strong belief in the significance of genuine impulse, Katherine Maxwell's process includes the use of internal triggers - a thought, a flavor, an emotion - to spurn motion throughout the body. Maxwell's artworks create opportunities for people to witness and consider alternative perspectives, while connecting deeply with the space they’re in.
Katherine Maxwell is the founding Artistic Director the Brooklyn-based dance initiative, Hivewild. Hivewild was established in Spring 2016 as a platform for Maxwell to create formal works, engage New York community, and promote artistic partnerships between musicians, costume designers, and beyond. Her practice seeks to continuously blur the edges between performance, installation, and encounter. Maxwell is actively interested in using movement as a platform for mindfulness and human acceptance.
Katherine Maxwell received her Bachelor of Arts from Kennesaw State University in 2012 while working extensively with the Atlanta-based social justice movement initiative, glo. Upon graduation, Maxwell moved to New York City and began working as a professional dancer, notably performing in And all directions I come to you by Lauri Stallings, one of eight artworks in Creative Time’s sprawling public art exhibition Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park (2015). Feeling compelled to add her voice to contemporary conversations on movement, she began choreographing original works.
Maxwell’s work Peel premiered at National Choreography Month (Brooklyn, 2014), and was later shown at Peridance Capezio Center (New York, 2014) and The Center For Performance Research (Brooklyn, 2014). Her site-specific solo piece Wildflower was selected as the finale work of the Outlet Dance Project at the Grounds for Sculpture Garden (New Jersey, 2014). In 2015, Maxwell premiered her original evening-length work The Growing Beast at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn). Also in 2015, her work Through the Eyes of My Meal was curated to premiere at The National Choreography Month Gala (New York, 2015). This piece was later adapted into a short film, which premiered online in early 2016.Through the Eyes of My Meal was featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick, Critics Choice on Nowness.com and has been presented at 12 international festivals. In 2016, Maxwell was selected to open the popular summer series, Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt with her work Here You Me in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden and premiered her second evening-length work, Savage at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn) which was featured in the The Creators Project November episode of Culture Beat. The year ended with Maxwell featured in Art Zealous' "30 Under 30ish". For 2017, Maxwell's RAFT was site-specifically created for the the Sand Field at Hunters Point South Park in conjunction with INSITU Site- Specific Dance festival. Additionally, her work Pathx was presented as a pop-up performance in conjunction with the exhibition Topographies at VICTORI + MO gallery in Brooklyn.