KT Niehoff | Photo: Tim Summers

KT Niehoff | Photo: Tim Summers


Helium Poised | In Development

Premiere: Spring 2017
Seeking NPN Commissioning Partners or Interested NDP Tour Sites

Helium Poised is a multi-modal and multi-city project including live performance, an activated installation, workshops and a gallery retrospective specifically created for the audiences with which it intersects. Niehoff will gather, record and source stories of individuals in every location she works in to create an artistic experience designed around the unique shared practices and history of each community. 

A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light
Premiere: 2010 at ACT Theater, Seattle
Restaged: 2015
Available for Tour

In October 2015, KT re-staged her 2010 dance/theater/cabaret/glam-rock musical situated in the labyrinth chambers of The Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theater. Throughout Glimmer Audience members are free to watch the show from any vantage point, moving as they wish throughout the evening. 
Glimmer's environment is unruly - full of uncommon encounters, raucous spectacle and virtuosic dancing. 16 artists in total entwine with the audience, delving into physical and emotional proximity with a public that is both witness to and involved in the event. The dancers cajole and flatter, risk nearness hovering on illicit, and nudge spectators farther into their world, gambling with and yielding to the audiences' emotional fissures.
Along with Glimmer's coven of five core dancers, Glimmer includes six contemporary dancers turned "showgirls" and a rock band led by Niehoff's long time musical collaborator Ivory Smith. Both Niehoff and Smith front the band vocally, singing original songs that borrow inspiration from Pippin, Cabaret and Moulin Rouge.

Supported by ACT Theatre, 4culture, Office of Arts and Culture and Lingo.


KT Niehoff moved to Seattle in the early 90's and the dance scene followed. She is a Seattle-based artist who makes dance, music and film and fosters creative communities through teaching, mentoring, and creating spaces. KT is a MAP Fund recipient, supported by the Doris Duke and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, for her 2012/13 project Collision Theory commissioned by On the Boards. She was a 2010 Artist in Residence with Seattle's ACT Theatre "Central Heating Lab", a 2006 MANCC Fellow (Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in Tallahassee) and a 2001 Artist Trust fellow. She was named "Dance Artist of the Year" by Seattle Magazine ('07), featured in Dance Magazine's 'International Women in Dance' issue 2008 and on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine in 2012. 


                   Meredith Sallee & Patrick Kilbane | Photo: Nate Watters  

                   Meredith Sallee & Patrick Kilbane | Photo: Nate Watters