Kimberley de Jong
Kimberley is interested in the potential of the body; it’s capacity to hold and sustain presence and generate movement and sound from a deep and visceral place. She draws on themes such as climate change, human empathy and love as source material for creation.
Her collaboration with sound artist Jason Sharp led her to create Boxher, presented at Tangente Danse in March 2018, followed by experimental music festival Suoni Per Il Popolo, Montreal, Qc. They presented the long version of the work The Day the Wild Cried thanks to a residency at CCOV and Le Mai, Montreal, and premiere it at an exhibition on heart intelligence at the Meinblau Art Space in Berlin in March 2020. They are scheduled to première le long version in Montreal at La Chapelle during their 2021-2022 season. Previous works include Unravelling 2016, and CYCLe2 2014. presented by Tangente Danse in 2014 thanks to a residency at Espace Marie Chouinard.
Kimberley curates “5 on 5” a monthly improvisational evenings between Montreal musicians and dancers at La Sala Rossa. She participated as one of 5 choreographer's at the Banff Creative Gesture- Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance in 2019.
Kimberley was born in Australia and grew up in B.C. She went to school at Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, first starting as a tap dancer, then learning from mentors Emily Molnar and Artemis Gordon. She’s been performing professionally for 18 years starting in the Netherlands with Itzik Galili, followed by Montreal’s Marie Chouinard, Frédérick Gravel, Dana Gingras with live band GY!BE, Alan Lake, Martin Messier and Caroline Laurin Beaucage. Kimberley is also a mom of two girls and is a birth and postpartum doula.