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Spessard's performance virtuosity and depth have been noted by the critics:

"Karo... opened with two dancers, one male and one female, with their backs to the audience in a provocative entanglement. The costumes had a rural aesthetic, creating a down home erotic image to open the piece. The woman bent over and dipped her finger into a bottle of Karo syrup while the man embraced her intimately. They began partnering continuously with a heavily weighted and animalistic quality. It accelerated into wrestling with one another like angry co-dependent partners, finally calming down into a clearly identifiable waltz section. The bottle of Karo was further accessed throughout the dance suggesting the metaphor that relationships can be “sticky” and addictive"

(Megan Boyd, Manhattan Dance Examiner)  full review


"All but Kristi Spessard’s strangely evocative solo “Underbriar,” set to music by Richard Strauss and John Luther Adams, were forgettable... this solo —  enigmatically charts a woman’s unsentimental evolution"

(Gia Kourlas, New York Times) full review

“Kristi Spessard claims the piece with her direct gaze, sensual but clear body movement style, and slight melancholy”

(Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine, 2007)

“In a brilliant bit of acting, Spessard lounges in a chair and silently talks to God over the telephone, adjusting imaginary balls, and reacting with astonished outrage”.

(Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice) full review


“Kristi Spessard demonstrated remarkable comic talent as she impersonated male bravodo (and indirectly, the Presidents unilateral swagger) in a mimed phone conversation on the red telephone. Her visibly pregnant form and spectral face gave dimension to her fusion of dance and silent screen theatrics, suggestion a female version of Buster Keaton.”

(Julian Wise, Martha’s Vineyard Times)   full review


“… Balanced by a quiet curiosity Spessard has the implacable and generous countenance of a good hostess, combined with a gentle animal-like inquisitiveness”. (Karinne Keithley, Dance Insider, 2001)


Dancers Take over Washington Square Park

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Spessard was featured as the cover artist and photographic focus (see home page of this website for these photos) of Ballet Tanz Magazine's 2007 Yearbook. Photo by Anja Hitzenberger.



©Kristi Spessard Dance Projects 2015 | email usPhotos: Anja Hitzenberger