Keith Glassman Dance & Performance is a Los Angeles-based group of 1-15 performers and affiliated artists led by the choreographer/director Keith Glassman. The company was formed in California in 1999, having relocated from New York City where Keith Glassman & Dancers existed from 1989-1994. Its mission is to present new and original work that engages audiences on both intellectual and visceral levels and that reaches viewers in traditional and non-traditional settings. Over the past twenty years, the company has performed in theaters, parks, museums, schools, beaches, pools, sculpture gardens, rooftops, historical sites, cultural centers and festivals throughout the country. Along with its explorations of movement and theater, the work examines themes such as religion, homelessness, relationships, passion, hope and cultural Diasporas. The company has recently established itself as a not-for-profit organization with its own 501(c)(3) status.
Mr. Glassman and the company have been supported by grants, awards and commissions from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Puffin Foundation, the James A. Doolittle Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the Tamura Foundation, Dancing In The Streets, the Maine Festival of the Arts, P.S.1 The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund. NYSCA Decentralization Program for Manhattan, BACA/The Brooklyn Arts Council, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Carlsbad Arts Office and the Newport Beach Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.