Two people together.
Kathryn Butler and Allison Knuth are both teachers, dancers, and performance-makers based in NYC. As an off-chute of their independent performance pursuits, they research a dance performance practice together called Compositional Improvisation and co-host monthly C.I.R.C.L.E Meetups (Compositional Improvisation Research in a Collaboratively-Led Environment) in Brooklyn. Kathryn was first introduced to this improvisational form by Annie Kloppenberg, her professor and mentor at Colby College. Since then, Kathryn has studied with and been greatly influenced by The Architects (Katherine Ferrier, Lisa Gonzales, Jennifer Kayle, Pamela Vale, and Kathy Couch) at their summer intensive M.I.C.I. and is currently mentored by Peter Schmitz through regular email correspondences. Allison spent her childhood studying dance; received her degree in theatre studies focusing on dramaturgy, collaboration/devising, and social reform; and has been influenced by The Architects, Julian Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed), and Melissa Thompson and George McConnell (multi-disciplinary performance devising). Together, Allison and Kathryn are interested in researching choice-making, rigorously challenging how decisions and actions in spontaneous performance reflects and informs our day to day lives.