PLUG Projects is excited to host Elizabeth Stehling as the newest resident of our Time Trials program. For the month of January, Elizabeth has been using the two galleries at PLUG to film a new site-specific work, collaborating with dancers Hannah Lareau and Katarina Fitzpatrick. Check out these behind the scenes shots, and stay tuned for the screening on April 7th at PLUG!
Elizabeth Stehling grew up riding horses and going to contra dances in the foothills of Appalachia. She creates videos, prints, and drawings to explore gestures between creatures. Her accomplishments have taken her to the Currents New Media Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Omaha Film Festival and more. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Wassaic Project, the Rensing Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She received the Robert Altman Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2016, as well as a grant from Art in the Loop.
Elizabeth graduated from the Pratt Institute in NYC with her MFA in 2010 and received her BA from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in 2005. She lives in Kansas City where she works at the Kansas City Ballet, producing their videos and digital content. She continues to explore videos and collaborations often around the theme of movement.
Katarina Fitzpatrick is a professional dancer and choreographer based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a member of Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company (KACICO), as well as a guest artist with other local performing groups and independent artists, especially Suzanne Ryan-Strati. Her choreography has been presented in the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Kansas City Contemporary Dance performances, multidisciplinary performing arts presentations, as well as two main stage productions at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. She often collaborates with apparel designer Michaela Knittel for digital media projects. She is also a Stott Pilates instructor. Katarina holds a BA from Mercyhurst University with majors in Dance (choreography concentration) and Anthropology/Archaeology (sociocultural anthropology concentration). Prior to Mercyhurst she trained at the Kansas City Ballet School and attended summer programs at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, The Ailey School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Hannah Lareau teaches for Kansas City Ballet, Empire Dance Academy, and several other places around Kansas City. She has trained throughout the area, as well as many summer trainings in LA. She teaches many styles and performs for her own collective called Illuminate Dance Collective, as well as That’s Entertainment KC, Epic Innovative Events, and works often as a freelance performer. Dance is her passion and release; it is her avenue to share stories with the world through the art of movement.