531935_581226671888049_552056965_nKatie Duck has been a professional performer and maker since the early 1970’s. She has been a influential figure in how she has placed improvisation as an intricate element in composition and performance internationally, inspiring generations of performers, musicians and performance makers. She set up the acclaimed Gruppo in Italy in 1979 and toured Europe with a host of productions. She was head of choreography at Dartington College of arts (senior lecturer) in the late 1980’s. She joined the staff at Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de kunsten in 1991 teaching movement research, improvisation, composition and technique and founded the improvisational dance and music company Magpie in the 1990’s with whom she toured internationally. She has collaborated with renowned dance and improvisation music artists from all over the world. Katie’s career has included independent teaching, university teaching, set choreography’s, structured improvisations, music and dance real time performances and live streaming international performances. Her collaborations have been with musicians, visual artists, lighting designers, dancers, actors and comedians. She has initiated education courses and workshops, festivals and monthly performance series in her three bases Italy, England and Holland. She has led dance companies, dance/music companies, advises young artists and has written text for her  performances as well as critical articles. Katie has a determination to continue her research in theatre, music, dance, text and performance. Alongside her vocational studies, her research has led her toward social studies, cultural studies and brain studies. She believes that her research must not be validated by way of academic speak alone but rather on her insistence to hear, see and take part in the practice.


              Education: High school diploma USA, Youth theater and stock companies from the age of 12 San Fernando Valley Southern California. Fremont Junior College, Theater department. University of Utah, Modern dance department. Private Teachers- Trout Faggioni – Laban and Joose (Italy) / workshops toward directing with Dario Fo, Physical [...]


Born in Oxnard California (1951), Katie Duck is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She began performing in plays and musicals as a teenager, attended the University of Utah as a modern dance major and then joined the Salt Lake City Mime Troupe touring in the United States and Europe. (1973-6). She left the United States [...]

AGENDA 2017-18

Agenda 2017 Sunday sessions and Tuesday workshops held weekly at the OT30 Bodlabot studio Overtoom 301 Amsterdam, 18:30 to 20:30. Led by Katie Duck and Manuela Tessi. January 11 Performance Julyen Hamilton and Katie Duck OT301 Amsterdam January 17-21 Workshop Improvisation Katie Duck Seoul, Korea February 4-5 Saturday and Sunday workshop Katie Duck,  Grand Studio, 29 rue de Menin B-1080 Bruxelles, Brussels [...]

Writing and Research

articles-interviews  Sharon Smith (Gob Squad Berlin) about Improvisation Interview with Marion Barrios-Solano 2008 – Is always In time – click http://www.dance-tech.net/video/video/show?id=1462368:Video:14567 Author: Katie Duck – Publication: Contra Dance, France Composition “My research is motivated by culture shock, a curiosity to understand the nature of the body and an addiction to communicate to a gathered crowd.” [...]

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