“Choreographing the Spirit: Kyle Marshall, Religion, and Race on the Dance Stage” by Kathryn Dickason, NYU’s The Revealer Magazine, September 2022

A profile of how acclaimed choreographer Kyle Marshall infuses his performances with religious motifs. In the United States, few modern dance choreographers have created memorable meditations on religion since Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelations, which premiered in 1960. But Kyle Marshall, an award-winning New York-based choreographer, is currently exploring how the dancing body, and especially the Black dancing body, becomes a vehicle for spiritual transcendence. Keep reading ︎︎︎

“In Conversation: Kyle Marshall with Candice Thompson,” The Brooklyn Rail, April 2022

With an upcoming show at the new Chelsea Factory, Marshall aims to uplift. Pre-pandemic, Kyle Marshall was in artistic overdrive dancing and touring with Trisha Brown Dance Company while also directing and making work for his own company, Kyle Marshall Choreography. The early months of the pandemic offered him a chance to slow down. “I had to hone in on my own dancing spirit again and understand why I was moving, why I was making dances,” says Marshall. Keep reading ︎︎︎

“Review: The Choreographer Kyle Marshall’s Spacious Slow Burns” by Siobhan Burke, The New York Times, April 2022

Even before the pandemic forced people into solitude, the choreographer Kyle Marshall had been working on a solo. In February 2020 he shared a work-in-progress at Danspace Project, in which he was asking questions about his Jamaican heritage, his queerness and the relationship between them. I still recall the quiet, steady force of his running in loops around the St. Mark’s Church sanctuary, alongside the pulse of Bob Marley’s “Exodus.” Keep reading ︎︎︎


“Kyle Marshall Choreography Makes Smashing NWS Debut” by Marci Falvey, October 2021

The New World Symphony kicked off its 2021-22 Chamber Music Series on Sunday, October 24, marking two institutional debuts: cellist Oliver Herbert and Kyle Marshall Choreography.
        Both came together with NWS Cello Fellows to present Julius Eastman’s The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc, an enigmatic work called “grunge-metal chamber music” by The New York Times. Eastman’s score provides a thrilling backdrop to Joan, a quartet celebrating power over tyranny choreographed by Kyle Marshall. Keep reading ︎︎︎ 

“Kyle Marshall’s Film “Stellar” Takes Us on a Voyage” by Lauren Putty White, September 2021

        Kyle Marshall Choreography presented an other-worldly dance film, Stellar, as a part of the Fringe Festival this year. Knowing the inspiration came from the transcendent music of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane, I was already drawn to the theme of this work. The film welcomes me with dancers in tie dye rainbow hoodies and sweatpants, sparkles twinkling, subtly accentuating their colorful clothing. In slow motion, Kyle Marshall, Bree Breeden, and Ariana Speight carve through the space, their limbs controlled and sustained. Pause, live, breathe, move, repeat. Watching the dancers create pathways with their extremities pulls me into their trance. Keep reading ︎︎︎

“Lewis Center for the Arts Announces Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence” by, June 2021

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University announces dance artists Kyle Marshall and Larissa Velez-Jackson as the Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence for the 2021-22 academic year.
        Marshall’s and Velez-Jackson’s residencies will include teaching dance courses in the fall semester and choreographing new works that will be performed at the Princeton Dance Festival in November. Keep reading ︎︎︎

“A Choreographer Finds His Way, Getting Lost in the Stars” by Gia Kourlas, June 2021

Kyle Marshall’s pandemic year was all about change. He turned 30. He moved into his own apartment. He now depends on his dance company, which he formed in 2014, for his livelihood. And he’s working with new dancers, a major shift for a choreographer whose works were populated by close friends and roommates — fellow graduates from Rutgers University.
        “That transition felt like a lot, but it also felt absolutely necessary because it brings new ideas forward,” he said in an interview. Keep reading ︎︎︎


“Celebrating the 2020 Harkness Promise Awards” by Dance Magazine, November 2020

A partnership between Dance Magazine and the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Harkness Promise Awards recognize choreographers in their first decade of professionally presenting their work. The net proceeds from the Dance Magazine Award ceremony fund the Harkness Promise Awards, which include a $5,000 unrestricted grant, along with 40 hours of studio space and ongoing mentorship with Joan Finkelstein, the Harkness Foundation's executive director. Awardees are chosen for the excellence of their artistic work and their commitment to community transformation through dance.
        This year's Harkness Promise Award recipients are Marjani Forté-Saunders and Kyle Marshall. Keep reading ︎︎︎


Review: “Dancing the ‘Twisted Beauty’ of the Black Experience” by Siobhan Burke, December 2019

Until seeing his program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, I knew Kyle Marshall as a compelling, sensitive dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and someone whose work trusted colleagues had been urging me to see. Now I understand the buzz. In a double bill at BAM Fisher (as the only local dance maker in this year’s Next Wave Festival), Mr. Marshall demonstrated that rare and hard-to-define thing: a choreographic voice like no one else’s. Keep reading ︎︎︎

“A Choreographer Dances Out His Feelings About Race and Religion” by Gia Koulas, December 2019

There are signs that a child is born to dance. In Kyle Marshall’s case, it was clear early on: He performed in the living room to an audience of stuffed animals.
        “There’s photo documentation,” he said recently, with the hint of a smile.
        Dance classes came next. “My parents were both athletes, and I come from a family of runners,” Mr. Marshall said. “My father was in the ’84 Olympics. So I grew up in a family of high-achievers. They encouraged me to dance. They encouraged me to take it seriously.” Keep reading ︎︎︎

“Dance News: The 43 Nominees For The 2018 Bessie Awards Are…” by The Dance Enthusiast, October 2018

...Kyle Marshall was honored with the 2018 Juried Bessie Award, which was presented to him by the 2018 Bessies Jury: Robert Battle, Stephen Petronio and Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, with a citation that read: “For exploring important ideas around race and sexuality in dances that embody rather than illustrate complicated issues. For drawing on a variety of movement styles to create accomplished, witty, and immensely engaging choreography.”
        The Juried Award provides touring and residency opportunities outside of  New York City through partnerships including the New York State DanceForce, a statewide network of arts organizations and presenters, The Emelin Theater, and other organizations. Keep reading ︎︎︎

“Kyle Marshall - DOTL’s 2016 ‘Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer’” by Dance on the Lawn, February 2016

DOTL’s second recipient, Kyle Marshall will create a New Work for final presentation at “Dance on the Lawn (DOTL) 2016.” From Kyle:
“I am so honored to be chosen as the 2016 ‘Dance on the Lawn Commissioned Emerging Choreographer.’ Thank you Charmaine, Diann and the rest of the Dance on the Lawn staff and selection committee for choosing me. I am excited to meet and work with you all and the local community of Montclair, NJ over the next coming months.”
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“At Conduit, a vote for brevity and wit” by Martha Ullman West, July 2014

Brevity, the long-winded Polonius says in Hamlet, is the soul of wit. That can also apply to non-verbal communication, and Kyle Marshall’s “Soundboard,” the shortest of the nine pieces included in this year’s version of Conduit’s annual Dance+ Festival, is a perfect example. The New Yorker is the real deal, a young choreographer (he received his BFA in dance from Rutgers University in 2011), and with “Soundboard” he has made a solo for himself that is at once lean and expansive. A beguiling dancer, he not only engages with the audience (he makes eye contact, even!) he embraces it, a rarity in the frequently solipsistic terrain of contemporary dance. Keep reading ︎︎︎

© Kyle Marshall Choreography 2023. Updated December 2022.