Kelsey Oliver, an Austin native, is a freelance choreographer and performer in the digs for unapologetically experimental theatre, film, and concert dance. She received a B.F.A. in Dance in 2015, studying at the University of Texas at Austin and Le Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France. She is currently Artistic Director of a physical theatre troupe called Frank Wo/Men Collective, which spawned from a desire to create collaboratively fervid, humorous, and idiosyncratic devising processes with multi-fielded artists.
Kelsey has choreographed for the Beijing Dance Festival, Cohen New Works Festival, Frontera Festival, Underbelly Theatre Company, UT New Theatre, University of Texas at Austin’s Dance Repertory Theatre, American College Dance Festival Gala, and has created much commercial and concert work within the United States and beyond.
She has performed in several productions and film pieces world wide, including work with The Rude Mechanicals, Magdalena Jarkowiec, The Theorists, Wunderbaum, dance theatre X, Body Shift, HELMUT Studio, Shape Agency, Years & Years, Capyac, Mother Falcon, Feathers, and numerous others. Kelsey has also been an adjudicator and dance instructor for studios and teams throughout Texas.
Kelsey is deeply motivated by uncomfortably adaptive situations and accessible collaborative processes. She's compelled by work that inches toward the absurd, cross-breeding multi-fielded and mixed-ability artists' curiosities. Her coveted trajectory includes immense travel and research into repurposing spaces.
mask by Todd Mein
cinematography by Tori Reynolds
wallpaper prints by Ann Hamilton