Kenneth King has a history as a multimedia dance artist who has performed throughout the US and in Europe. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded a “Bessie” New York Performance Award for Sustained Achievement, which he declined to protest the Iraq War.
As the former Artistic Director of Kenneth King & Dancers/Company, he has presented a wide variety of dance, multimedia dance theater, text and performance works at such venues as Judson Church and Gallery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Museum of Modern Art, PS 122, Walker Art Center, American Dance Festival, The Kitchen Center, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s Danspace and The Poetry Project, and at various international venues including the Autumn Festival (Paris) and New Dance Munich.
He has taught and choreographed dances at numerous universities including The American Dance Festival at Duke University, Long Beach Summer School of Dance at California State University, The University of Maryland, The University of Wisconsin, and New York University.
King has appeared in the films of Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, and Gregory Markopoulos, and he is a featured choreographer in Michael Blackwood’s film Making Dances, and in Robyn Brentano and Andrew Horn’s movie Space City. His work is discussed at length in Sally Banes’s Terpsichore in Sneakers and Reinventing Dance in the 1960s: Everything Was Possible. He is a graduate of Antioch College and lives in New York City.