ARTISTIC DIRECTORS: COLETTE KROGOL & MATT REEVES
Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. They have been making work collaboratively for over ten years as the Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, a multimedia dance company that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. In 2017 they were selected as the ‘Audience Choice Award’ winner of the 34th Annual Choreographers Showcase for their work Holding, Here, which was described by Dance Metro DC as a “magically spun… visual tale of suspension, tension, and community within a multilayered moving painting”. They hold Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida.
Krogol and Reeves’ work has been produced for gallery dance-cinema installations, film festivals, underground tunnels, city streets, black box theatres, and concert stages ranging in location from Rauma, Finland to Brooklyn, New York to Mt. Rainier, Maryland. Though both originally hail from Florida, the company’s life has been spent in New York City and within the greater DC/Baltimore area. As Orange Grove Dance, they have taught master classes and workshops, as well as set repertory across the United States and Europe. Their work has been produced and presented extensively internationally by The Finlandia Foundation, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Lönnström Taidemuseo, Raumars AIR, Officina Creativa, CerCCa, and Klaustrid at Skriduklaustir. On screen, they have produced three independent dance films that have shown in cities from Munich, Germany to Boulder City, Nevada while their most recent film The Archetypes was nominated for an ‘Arthouse Film’ award by the Stockholm Independent Film Festival and was awarded ‘Best Dance Film’ by the Et Cultura Film Festival.
Both Krogol and Reeves have been dancers and collaborators with prestigious companies, such as Dendy/Donovan Projects, Neta Dance Company, Diavolo, CKM & Artists, David Dorfman, Gabrielle Lansner, Dance Tactics, Red Key Dance Theatre, and The National Yiddish Theatre. They have taught and created curriculum for courses such as Yoga, Improvisation, and Embodied Metaphors and Dance, Design, and Media for the University of Maryland and the University of Florida. Currently they are serving as faculty at George Washington University and directing Orange Grove Dance through the completion of its tenth season, which included works commissioned and presented by VelocityDC, CulturalDC, Dupont Underground, The Kennedy Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Agora Dance, and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
After a sold-out premiere of their newest stage work, REMNANTS in the 500-seat Terrace Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Krogol and Reeves are the contracted choreographers for a brand new play at The Kennedy Center within their Theater for Young Audiences Program. How to Catch a Star inspired by Oliver Jeffers' book of the same name will premiere this November and run for 4 weeks. This summer Orange Grove Dance will be in residency at Andy’s Summer Playhouse creating a new evening-length work, The Arrival, and in the fall they will be at Dickinson College creating an interactive, site-specific experience for audiences throughout The Cubiculo (one of downtown Carlisle’s most treasured venues).
Currently they are featured in the June 2018 Dance Teacher Magazine, sharing their experience building a life and a body of work through Orange Grove Dance together. Check out the full article here.