Posts by: kaitlyn

Pas de Queer: A brief primer on talking to trans and non-binary people

By on October 10, 2018

In the spirit of full disclosure, this is not a post about dance. Recently, some of my friends, coworkers, and family members have asked me questions regarding my gender identity. With my content on Art Intercepts, I hope to spread awareness about the experiences trans dancers go through in concert dance. But to impact any […]

Pas de Queer: Am I (Midsummer Night) Dreaming?

By on June 26, 2018

CHICAGO — In April, my partner and I attended the Joffrey Ballet’s performance of Alexander Ekman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. We loved it. Neither of us have seen Joffrey take on something so weird. Case in point: there were three larger than life fish props and a genius incorporation of dancer-like stuffed mannequins that was downright […]

Book Review: Clare Croft’s ‘Queer Dance’ is a deep dive of queer theory in the dance world

By on March 19, 2018

How do I even go about condensing Clare Croft’s “Queer Dance” into a review that you can read on your half hour lunch? This collection of artistic and (mostly) scholarly writings provides such a detailed and comprehensive snapshot of queers in contemporary dance, and queer contemporary dance. I could write an individual review of each […]

Review: ‘Just Another Recent Grad Show’ is unpretentious, packed with potential

By on February 5, 2018

CHICAGO — What do you do when a broken skull and a scheduling conflict throw a wrench in your dancemaking? Anna Rodimtseva and Karen Yatsko asked themselves this very question one year ago when less than ideal circumstances could have spelled the end of this concert. However, with a year to heal up and clear […]

Kaitlyn’s New Year’s resolution: don’t diet

By on January 9, 2018

At age thirteen, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul told me being 5’2 and 115 pounds was overweight (who let them publish this?). My diet highlight reel includes: “Rogue Weight Watchers” aka binge eating carrots, dabbling with bulimia, and calorie counting. My period stopped for a bit, I was tired all the time, I didn’t […]

Pas de Queer: Giselle, 2.0

By on November 13, 2017

Editor’s Note: The following is an adapted synopsis to Giselle, based on Kaitlyn’s first experience with the ballet when it was performed by the Joffrey Ballet last month. Their version is “lovingly ripped and heavily edited” directly from Joffrey’s program notes, and imagines what might have happened if the 1841 ballet were written today. It’s […]

Pas de Queer: A gender neutral grand allegro

By on September 22, 2017

A few months ago, something cool happened in ballet class. TEACHER: “After the pirouette, ladies: tombé, pas de bourree, glissade, jeté. Men: tombé pas de bourre, [crazy jump looks like a pas de chat caught in the spin cycle of a washing machine]. Got it?” Teacher looks around room, scrunches up face, inhales “Well…actually, if […]

Pas de Queer: So, what’s your type?

By on August 20, 2017

Editor‘s Note: I’m so delighted to introduce Kaitlyn Dessoffy as a contributor to Art Intercepts, writing a new column called “Pas de Queer”. Kaitlyn will be sharing their personal experiences as a musical theater major turned dancer/choreographer in Chicago, in addition to delving into topics surrounding gender and sexuality in concert dance. Enjoy!  The “type” question […]