I build freestyle languages that are influenced by my work with improvisation and vernacular dance. These “languages” are meant to be adaptive forms that respond to stimuli (whether it be sound/music, other people–anything in the environment real or imagined).

Generally, my process involves taking a specific image, say a robot or even more specifically, Ed 209, a malfunctioning police robot from “Robocop.” I then begin to break down the mechanics/the physics of the image’s movement patterns. I try to understand how the image utilizes weight, time, space and flow in order to mimick the physics of the image within my body. Once I’ve interpreted the image’s “physics,” I create a set of movement parameters that frames this image; within this frame I have unlimited movement possibilities. Eventually, I layer in behaviors. The final step is to utilize this image as part of an arsenal of other freestyle languages that I’ve developed.

In this process of building adaptive languages, I utilize an emergent creative practice. This allows me to track my interests, explore/build with them, and to utilize what is useful and to learn from what does not work.

Performance Pieces

“Mean Machine” (excerpt)

“Mean Machine” (work-in-progress)
Choreographer/performer: Kai Kleinbard
Costume/Set Design: Kai Kleinbard


“Construction Creature” (excerpt)

“Construction Creature” (work in progress)
Created and performed by Kai Kleinbard
This piece is part of a continuing series of “creature studies” in development since 2006. I take inspiration from the incredible students I work with, including a dance class for kids that explores creature transformations. I would like to thank my students, mentors and teachers and my love, Cori