The charter for the Kathryn Posin Dance Foundation, founded in 1972, states the mission: "The advancement of the public awareness and knowledge of the art of dance through new York City, the United States and the rest of the world."
The company brings together artists, dancers, composers, designers and a team of marketers and producers to explore a shared area of interest and find a means to express their discoveries in a way that illuminates the lives of a diverse audience. The two major themes the company has sought to investigate are: 1.) Abstract work fusing modern dance and ballet into a new expressive genre with the music of contemporary orchestral composers 2.) The study of a world culture and its dance, seen through the lens of a theme or narrative, transformed into theatrical form. These two threads create a fabric that has a wide appeal to a broad audience. Leading dancers from NYCB and Joffrey Ballet are enlisted, extending the expression and audience appeal of the work. Ethnic dancers, composers, and designers from the culture being investigated are brought on board to bring authenticity and richness to the work.
From 1972 until 1991, the KPDC presented annual New York seasons as a seven-member modern dance company with a collaborative sculptural aesthetic. The company toured in Europe and nearly every U.S. state. It held residencies in Sun Valley Idaho, U. of Wisconsin, Albuquerque, Minnesota and others, and received commissions from the Delacorte Theater, the Joyce, Spoleto USA, and the Appalachia Institute. From 1992 until last year, the company worked on a project basis with Ms. Posin traveling to Bulgaria, Crete, and Turkey, with Company dancers assisting staging work. In October 2014 at the invitation of the 92Y where she made her choreographic debut in 1968, the KPDC returned to NYC to present four full performances with six premieres. It was a sold out resounding success that had the largest streaming audience in the Y's history.