Kathleen Hermesdorf is a dance maker, teacher, improviser and producer based in San Francisco.  She is the Director of la ALTERNATIVA & Alternative Conservatory, in collaboration with musician Albert Mathias.  la ALTERNATIVA is an apparatus for deeply integrated dance and music via creation, improvisation, performance and production.  Alternative Conservatory is a modular, mobile and intensive training ground in dance and related forms.  Hermesdorf was a member of Bebe Miller Company, worked extensively with Sara Shelton Mann/Contraband, and was a member of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.  She co-directedHermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells, and is in collaboration with Stephanie Maher in Berlin and Stolzenhagen, Germany, creating performance work and training opportunities through Ponderosa Festival and PORCH.  Hermesdorf holds a BFA and MFA in Dance alongside extensive experience in the field and performs, creates and teaches around the world.
Our vision


The mission is to create and instigate work of deeply integrated sound and motion within a process that is vigorously intertwined and viscerally transmitted.

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