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The company portrays on stage the places we go within ourselves and do not tell about: the desires we hold down, the struggles we hide subtly, in gusts of ups and tumbles. A portrayal of intimacy so finely nuanced it could only be called post-modern romanticism. KEITH JOHNSON/DANCERS dares to mine the impossible, to shuffle bodies with a process that precipitates astonishing grace and even unthinkable flight, and to dream of forms and motions that conjure within the viewer knots and whirls. These stirrings leave an imprint within one’s self of a possible past, inviting rich empathy if not direct sympathy, like a warm hand on your shoulder suggesting, “ someone can imagine what you’ve felt and meld it into flesh and sweat and place it right before your eyes, allowing you to breathe in humanity as you watch each moment, spellbound.”  Ultimately, each gem glistens with the luster of humanism.

Keith Johnson and Dancers is a fiscally sponsored artist of the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles.

Keith Johnson

KEITH JOHNSON/DANCERS was established in 1998 In Los Angeles, California by Keith Johnson. Keith received his MFA from the University of Utah. He has danced with Ririe/Woodbury, Creach/ Koester, Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers. He continues to perform with Nancy Bannon as well as Colleen Thomas. He has received funding support from The Choo San Goh Foundation, The Utah Arts Council, St. Joseph Ballet New Works Festival, Dance USA, Scottsdale Community College, and California State University, Long Beach. Keith’s choreography has been commissioned by The Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, D9 Collective, Sierra Repertory Dance Theatre as well as universities and solo artists throughout the United States. Keith has received The Dee R. Winterton Award For Excellence in Dance, Most Valuable Professor in The College of The Arts at CSULB, and Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Choreography (Long Form) in 2007, Outstanding Choreography (Small Ensemble) in 2008. Keith was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Dance at the University of Utah in 2012/2013. He continues to teach and choreograph both nationally and internationally, and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Fist Bomb Films.

Body of Work

My intent is to create and add to a Body of Work over the next ten years leaving behind an example of who I am, what inspires me, how I made my way through the world, and who I met along the way. I would like to collaborate with various artists, composers, and dancers to further my artistic vision. I hope to honor those who have influenced me and to inspire those who come after me.

I hope you will join me.




Outside Looking Up (Still)/Blueprint For A Goodbye

A trio made in response to the events of 9/11 and the death of my mother, Joan Molloy Johnson.




A duet about a failed relationship as remembered through the clothing the couple wore during their relationship. This dance was co-created with Colleen Thomas.


Photo: Carlos Arturo Velarde


Girl Falling Towards the Sky

A dance in three sections celebrating the lives and struggles of three American women who are personal friends of mine. This dance won two Lester Horton Awards; one for Outstanding Set Design for Rogelio Lopez, and the other for Outstanding Choreography (Long Form).



Divinity Blueprint

The morning after an elegant party is examined and the beauty of human faults and flaws are celebrated. This dance was commissioned and funded by Scottsdale Community College and the Dance USA Foundation.



Dreaming Opus 15 No. 3

A quartet that explores ideas of repression and sexuality throughout various time spans. This dance represented the Baja region at the National American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center.


Photo: Gregory R.R. Crosby


The Green is the Unraveling

A dance that was part of the Ririe/Woodbury 50th Anniversary Season that celebrated and remembered the lives of Robert Martinez, Paul Callihan, Lynn Walter Topovski, and Dennis Wright. All four men died of AIDS complications. This quartet also included a film by Gregory R. R. Crosby.



Yellow House

A non-narrative uncovers the secrets hidden within a dwelling and the memories that it evokes.



The Shadow Places

A quartet that sheds light on our most intimate and personal fears. This dance included puppets by Rogelio Lopez and is dedicated to the memory of Alan Eto.


Photo: Carlos Arturo Velarde



This sextet was commissioned by the Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company and funded in part by The Choo San Goh Foundation. A very physically demanding work that asks the audience to find the connections in experiences from several different aspects of the human interactions.



Sea of Possibilities

Inspired by the lyrics of Patti Smith, the gay sub culture of the 80′s, the art of Pierre et Gilles, and the film Querrelle.


Photo: Carlos Arturo Velarde


Presence of Absence

A quartet using an improvised piano score and was inspired by the journals of Kurt Cobain. This dance received a Lester Horton award for Outstanding Small Group Ensemble.




A full evening 70 minute work that brought to a close a particular era of dancers in Keith Johnson/Dancers and the dynamics of letting go and moving forward in new directions. This dance included film work by Gregory r. R. Crosby and was nominated for a Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Choreography (Long Form).




Guttersheen examines the high society world of Ballet and Fencing. It strips away the façade to show the decadence and ugliness of the upper class.



Unscripted/Riptide Into Me

Inspired by the music and writings of Rachel Kann, this duet examines the hyper-sexuality of gay men. It was commissioned by Loyola Marymount University and represented by the Baja Region at the National American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. The dancers received the Outstanding Performance Award in Washington D.C.



I Dream a Highway

Inspired by the Dust Bowl era and those couples who remain together throughout many trials and tribulations.



Joan and Larry: Round Two

A dance inspired by the memories of the marriage of my parents Laurence Frost Johnson and Joan Molloy Johnson



Three Streets Shy Of Memory Lane

A solo created to understand how memory and strength are found by looking back. This dance premiered and was performed at the University of Utah after a long illness/recovery by Keith Johnson.



Take This Letter to Juliet

This dance reimagines the love affair between Romeo and Balthazar, the messenger delivering messages between Romeo and Juliet.



10,000 Light Years Away

A dance about a parallel life in another universe and learning to accept the choices we make in this one.



Traveling II (Four Postcards)

This solo was performed at the 40th Anniversary Celebration for the Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company. It was named The Outstanding Solo of 1998 by The Salt Lake City Tribune.



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