KRISTI FAULKNER, Founder/Artistic Director

Kristi Faulkner is a performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. As the Director of Kristi Faulkner Dance, she strives to create work that generates meaningful conversation and social exchange. Since the company’s inception in 2012, Faulkner has worked collaboratively with her company members to build a growing repertory of highly physical and humorously theatrical work that encompasses her unique affinity for embodying difference and disrupting traditional gender roles. Her work challenges and excavates ideas about sensuality, strength, authority, disgust, attraction, and objectification.

Faulkner’s artistic process centers on authenticity and shedding the artifice of technically-focused performance to show what makes us human in ways that are relatable, yet sometimes uncomfortable. She says, “I create to give a voice to those who are often silenced; who exist on the periphery. The kinesthetic power of dance to spur empathy while entertaining is what motivates me to continue what I do.”

Community engagement is integral to Faulkner’s artistic practice. She has led local community workshops at Lafayette Community Gardens, Affirmations LGBT Center, Light Box, Detroit Contemporary, Ponyride, and the Allied Media Conference in addition to master classes at numerous universities, studios, and festivals across the country.

Faulkner’s work has been presented and commissioned throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and New York including the Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Going Dutch Festival, Wealthy Theater, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, Niagra Fringe Festival, the University of Rochester, The College at Brockport, Oakland University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Bowling Green State University (BGSU).  Embracing her thirst for collaboration, she has engaged in collaborative projects with numerous artists including A Host of People, CMAP-Carrie Morris Productions, Shua Group, Dance in the Annex, and Detroit Dance Collective/DDCdances.


Faulkner holds an MFA in choreography and performance from The College at Brockport, State University of New York as well as dual degrees in dance performance and theatre from Bowling Green State University. She currently is on faculty at BGSU, where she is regularly commissioned for her choreography. She is a 2016 Maggie Allesee Choreography Award finalist for her work Object/obJECT, and a Knight Arts Challenge winner for her project Not in My House: A Performance Celebrating LGBTQ Identity

Photo by John Sobczak


“Kristi has this amazing mind as a choreographer - she’s silly, she’s fun, she’s irreverent, she’s passionate...

it’s just incredible what she can do with movement.”


- Amy Wilson, ArtPeers



“Kristi Faulkner Dance has been shaking up the Detroit dance world with new, original productions

backed by natural movement and a thoughtful mix of music.”


- Eli Newman, Culture City

                                                            

Kristi Faulkner Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Detroit, known for their highly physical and humorously theatrical work that embodies difference and challenges gender roles.



Through live performance, workshops, and community engagement, Kristi Faulkner Dance seeks to create thought-provoking, visceral experiences that generate meaningful conversation and social exchange.



Their work challenges and excavates ideas about sensuality, strength, authority, disgust, attraction, and objectification while centering on authenticity and shedding the artifice of technically-focused performance to show what makes us human in ways that are relatable, yet sometimes uncomfortable.


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