Kathleen Quinlan

Choreographer Kathleen Quinlan handles humor and tenderness with subtlety. She has a stripped bare style, and hides behind an apparent simplicity and a very rigorous research of movement and expression.

Kathleen Quinlan is originally from New York and has been living in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1987. She studied dance at Boston Conservatory of music, S.U.N.Y. at Purchase and art at the Boston School of Fine Arts. Kathleen has danced as a soloist in Anna Sokolow's New Players Project in N.Y.C. as well as performing in the tradition of Isadora Duncan. Kathleen created two exhibitions on Isadora Duncan for the Dance Museum in Stockholm. As a choreographer she has worked with Dance, Theater and Opera in New York and Paris. In Sweden and Denmark Kathleen toured with the pianist Roland Pöntinen in a Homage to Isadora. Since 1989, Kathleen has worked as a choreographer for Ika Nord. Kathleen has taught Modern and Duncan at the National College of Dance in Piteå, Sweden, the Ballet Academy in Stockholm and the Royal Swedish Ballet School.

Probably the most faithful record of Miss Duncan’s dances is in the action drawings and potraits of her time, which suggests surprisingly precise body shapes and dynamics. Those shapes were seen in Kathleen Quinlans performance. She is one of the few who successfully uses the Duncan style to develop something of her own.
— Jennifer Dunning, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Photos: Philip Laurell, Helmut Hergarten