Katelyn A. Sanchez in an artist drawn to narrative and how it can contextualize and illustrate where we are in time and place. She explores this in dance-making, performing, teaching, reading, researching, and collaborating.
In the last year, Sanchez, with her long-time collaborator, Cameron Johnston, produced a workshop performance of _j0bs, a semi-biographical opera about Steve Jobs. She has also co-choreographed a 30-minute music film, with Alexandra Rix, for Jane Free Music which premiered in 2021 as a drive-in movie in downtown Long Beach. Lastly, Sanchez performed in alexx shilling’s film rendition of Nothing There There (Topography).
Pre-COVID, Sanchez was in rehearsals with alexx shilling for the 2020 premiere of the piece previously mentioned at Stomping Ground L.A. as well as choreographing and producing a show, Who are we in this corner?, with Alexandra Rix as a part of BEHOLD! Highways Performance Space’s Queer Arts Festival.
In the last few years, Sanchez has also presented other work at Highways Performance Space, performed at ARC Pasadena and in L. A. Grand Ensemble’s opera, Dulcinea XL, choreographed two operas, and co-produced a show, To: person, place, or thing From: x, y, z, at the Garage Theatre in downtown Long Beach.
Foundationally, Sanchez’s movement vocabulary is informed by classical ballet with Kirsten Oakley Ragsdale and her additional training at Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program in 2011 and 2012. However, her movement has significantly evolved with the training of Rebecca Lemme, Laurel Jenkins, Gracie Whyte, Summer Brown, and Keith Johnson, as well as performing in works by Lorin Johnson, Sophie Monat, Rebecca Bryant, and Robert Moses.
In 2018, Sanchez graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English Literature. Currently, Sanchez is pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San José State University.
Photography: Alondra Costilla