Kelsey Paschich is a multi-faceted dance artist and educator. Based in Kalamazoo, MI, she experiments with and creates live + digital work that explores the moving body and its relationship to technology. She uses movement as a language that makes transparent the space between dream + reality with spontaneity, juxtaposition, the element of surprise and challenges the preconceived understanding of real versus surreal. Her work often utilizes multi-media elements inspired by surrealism as the theoretical + conceptual framework. She views dance as a medium that can embolden change for a better world and can be shared across many mediums. She is a Co-Founder + Co-Director of
SHIFT | DANCE and most recently launched project whitewall, an incubator for experimentation and creation of live + digital dance. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University.
Paschich holds an MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico and was the recipient of the National Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship in 2016. She holds a BFA (Cum Laude) from Point Park University. Paschich received her Countertechnique® Teacher Certification in Melbourne, Australia, with founder Anouk van Dijk, in 2016. Paschich is one of seven certified teachers in the U.S. In 2018, she was commissioned by the Department of Theatre and Dance to stage her work Archetype, at the University of New Mexico. Most recently, her dance film Prototype, was selected for the Screen Dance International Project Michigan 2020.
Paschich has has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet, DCDC2, Thodos Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company , the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010, Keshet Dance Company, ARCOS Dance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Lawine Torrèn (Dance Theatre Machines Media) in the Hannibal Project in Sölden, Austria. She has performed the repertory of choreographers: Robert Battle, José Limón, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Johan Renvall, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic, Lawine Torrèn, Tomaz Simatovic, and others.
Paschich also directs, edits, and choreographs screendance, dance for film, and choreographic installations. In 2017, she created several dance films in collaboration with University of New Mexico, Assistant Professor of Dance, Amanda Hamp, for the northern sky, a westward facing window, a performance/installation at the CFA Downtown Studio. In 2016, Paschich created a documentary film on the creation of the large scale, site specific dance performance of Golden Migration at the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. This project was choreographed by lisa nevada and a was part of the 516 Arts Decade celebration.
SHIFT | DANCE was founded in 2015 by Jacqueline García, lisa nevada, and Kelsey Paschich, to invigorate and sustain the art of professional modern and contemporary dance. It is a movement, a platform, and a choreographic incubator for the resident choreographers of the company to experiment and foster risk-taking in exploratory performance research. Since 2015, SHIFT | DANCE has produced 3 professional contemporary dance festivals as well as presented many informal showings featuring national + international artists. It is the mission of the company to provide a platform for the diverse range of professional contemporary dance, performance research, and discourse. To learn more, please visit: SHIFT | DANCE