“Blazek has a musical, distinctive and unconventional voice”
-Herald-Tribune, Sarasota 2014
Kira Blazek Ziaii is an American performer, choreographer, and educator. In 2007, she began dancing for Hubbard Street 2 (Chicago), performing works by choreographers such as Robert Battle, Edward Liang, Christian Spuck, and worked closely with choreographers Yarden Ronen, Julian Barnett, Janice Lancaster, and Amy Raymond. After two seasons with HS2, she relocated to New York City, where she danced for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, becoming both rehearsal director and company manager. Additional professional credits include dancing works of: Christopher Williams, Sally Silvers, Bill Young, Pilobolus Creative Services, anoukvandijkdc (Netherlands), and Susan Marshall among others. From 2011-2013, she danced for Shen Wei Dance Arts, performing Rite of Spring, Limited States, and Near the Terrace, as well as participating in the creation and performances of Undivided Divided. Kira performed collaboratively under direction of Ryan McNamara at the Whitney Museum and MoMA PS1. She also toured with Phantom Limb Company’s production of 69°South, as both dancer and puppeteer.
In New York, her work has appeared at Dixon Place, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, Location One, Douglas Dunn Studios, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, and was featured in the music video for Beach House’s Lazuli. She was honored to attend the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, where she created the trio Zorya. Her work has been presented regionally in Sarasota, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Austin, and Los Angeles. Kira holds a BFA from Oklahoma University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Ziaii is one of six Americans certified by Anouk van Dijk to teach Countertechnique. She guested with anoukvandijkdc in the New York premier of SHOT, as part of the New Island Festival and studied periodically with her company in Amsterdam, as well as taking the One Body/One Career Intensive in 2006, 2009. She has taught workshops around the country, including classes for Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Diavolo, and BODYTRAFFIC, and is now on faculty at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
photo: Amanda Vincelli | video: Johnny Fraser