Kathi von Koerber
Multi-media Film/Video artist and installation artist
Dancer/ performance artist:
Improvisational Butoh dance, Afro-dance, Trance and Ethnic Dance.
My artwork is strongly intertwined with my life’s experiences and the areas I have researched. I create art from a diverse foundation in the visual arts, theatre, dance, music, language and ethnic studies. I have lived in Europe, China, South Africa and North America, and I currently speak 5 languages. My purpose is to gain and affirm knowledge; and synthesize the knowledge into the physical, heightened sense experiences. My work draws upon the power of the eternal present. I use the strength and inspiration of every isolated instance. My work mirrors the alchemy of human behavior, exploring the archetypes of existence, and creating a dialogue with habits, rituals and unconscious behaviors. I present my work in various forms, utilizing techniques of surrealist collage, trance like rituals and interactive storytelling within multiple projection installation environments.
My art/projects are achieved by collaborating with people from all over the world in all mediums of expression. By drawing inspiration from the world’s constant evolution, and by challenging the boundaries of performance, I approach the deep wells of our subconscious behavior, and attempt to expose our species destiny through ritual, performances or films. The trance and intuitive movements of these rituals become a matter of fact.
In 2004 I founded the company Kiahkeya ( with the aim to inform and disseminate art, creativity and spirituality for the purpose of cross cultural and environmental equality and tolerance. With various projects I have been able to visit the Bushmen tribe of Southern Africa, and the Xawante who live in Brazil, The Tamashek Nomads of the Sahara, the Zulu of Southern Africa, the Lakota of the US, etc. It is my ongoing study and motivation to expose the universality of dance as an art form, and our connection to the earth. My projects are efforts to support the environment and its inhabitants, in this modern day and age.
Upcoming projects for release in 2008 include a short documentary on the San/Bushmen of Southern Africa and a feature length environmentally conscious Butoh dance film named “Ridden by Nature”. The film is a tribute to the elements that compose the earth, bringing to the forefront the currently strained relationship of humanity with the earth’s ecology in hopes to inspire state and community action in response to the current environmental crisis. ‘Ridden by Nature’ witnesses the immense power of the earth’s biosphere through the art of film, dance and music, revealing the fierce and sacred existence of these visually stunning environments.