Kathleen Quinlan originates from New York and received her education at the Boston Conservatory of Music, the Boston Museum School of Art and S.U.N.Y. Purchase, since 1987 living in Stockholm. She was a soloist in Anna Sokolow's dance company in N.Y.C., and belongs to the foremost in the world within the Isadora Duncan tradition.
Kathleen had a close friendship with Anna Duncan and also got to inherit Duncan's entire archives and belongings, which among other things enabled two exhibitions of Isadora Duncan for the Dance Museum in Stockholm.
As a choreographer, Kathleen has worked with dance, theater and Opera in New York and Paris. In Sweden and Denmark she has toured with pianist Roland Pöntinen in a tribute to Isadora. Since 1989 she has collaborated with Ika Nord as choreographer in her performances. Kathleen has also taught Isadora Duncan's tradition at the Dance Academy in Piteå, the Ballet Academy, and the Royal Swedish Ballet School.
“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.”
— Marie-Ann Lacour, DANSE CONSERVATORIE PARIS