Katherine Maxwell is a choreographer, dancer, and the founding Artistic Director the Brooklyn-based dance initiative, Hivewild.
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". Maxwell's RAFT (2017) 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 . Katherine curated and presented Canary Bath at The Pleasure is Ours (2019), a split bill performance featuring BAIRA MVMNT PLSHPY and Loni Landon Dance Project dedicated to space sharing and honoring allies in the NYC dance community. Followed by In Blue (2019), a one-night performance presented atop a West Village Rooftop. For 2019, Katherine presented petal in my shadow, an immersive performance that took over the building from gallery, to garden, to apartment to rooftop at VICTORI + MO. In the summer of 2019, Katherine was featured twice in create:ART’s Pop-Up performance series at the Ace Hotel New York which was featured in The New York Times. Maxwell was also profiled in Lomography Magazine and Art Zealous.
Hivewild was established in 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.