Katherine Adamenko is a multi-disciplinary performance artist, actress, butoh dancer, and writer. Her boundary-breaking and interactive performances have been presented in theaters, festivals, galleries, museums, conferences and site-specific locations throughout the United States and Europe.
As an entertainer and storyteller with three solo shows under her belt (Ladies Who Go Bump in the Night, The Story of a Phallus Woman, Escaping Biology), Katherine has created her own brand of feminist "cabaret performance art" that fuses gender politics and satire with monologues, musical theatre and dance in highly charged and often humorous character vignettes.
As an artistic disrupter, Katherine enjoys turning traditional notions of spectatorship on its head by performing in non-traditional performance spaces and producing immersive and intimate audience experiences in such places as on the unsuspecting laps of academic conference-goers (Moving Bodies, Moving Boundaries) to her own bathroom, closet, and kitchen (Apartment Series).
As a ballerina, bodybuilder, and butoh dancer, Katherine uses this eclectic background to inform her ongoing dance works and site specific movement installations. She co-founded the experimental duo Neuvo Butoh Harpa with electric harpist Mia Theodoratus and has enjoyed relationships with Vangeline (Vangeline Theatre), Claire Elizabeth Barrett (Cilla Vee Life Arts) and with fellow butoh artist Bob Lyness.
Katherine has worked and collaborated with well-known international artists such as Pablo Helguera and Guillermo Gomez Pena, butoh master Diego Pinon, fine artist Julie Harvey, sculptor Sylvia Nagy and with directors Gabriele Shafer and Nick Fracaro (International Culture Lab).
As a traditional actress, singer and dancer, she has also appeared in numerous regional and Off-Off Broadway productions and films with writers and directors Arthur Sainer, Isaak Esmail Isaak, Jack Ragotzy, Lissa Moira, Tom Wopat, and filmmaker Albert Neremberg.
Katherine has had performance residencies at the Obie award-winning Theater for the New City and Evolution Arts - City of Yonkers. She received a full teaching fellowship in Performance Studies from the Department of Theatre and Dance, University of California, Davis as well as lecture and travel grants to develop artistic and academic work.
Select festivals include LES, Performa 11, HOWL, DUMBO Dance Festival, and the Coney Island Butoh Festival, LUMEN. Select NYC Venues include, MOMA, Theater for the New City, Galapagos Art Space, HERE, Slipper Room, Webster Hall, Wow Café Theatre, BWAC, and the Gershwin Hotel, Cellspace and Museum of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco), Unicorn Theatre (MN), and internationally at the Lakeside Theatre and Trinity Studios Gallery (Colchester, UK) and the Ceredigion Museum in Aberstwyth, Wales, among many others.
With a love for the lip-smacking language of poetry, Katherine has presented boundary-pushing poetic papers at international conferences that have also been published in journal and book form. She has performed her original performance poetry and poems throughout NYC and London and is the author of a written collection (Madness Unique to those who Call Themselves Atheists).
Katherine possess a deep love of teaching, first as a creative movement teacher for at-risk and special needs children, teens and adults (NYC Board of Education, Brooklyn Boy's Town, National Dance Institute) and later as a performance studies lecturer and workshop leader (Departments of Theater and Dance and Environmental Design, UC, Davis). Her most profound teaching experience was as an arts educator with the AIDS Theater Project during the throes of the AIDS epidemic in NYC.
Katherine dedicates her work to the remarkable institutions and teachers that influences her work to this day. Among them are - Ballet: Patricia Wilde and Nancy Clemens (American Ballet Theatre). Modern: Paul Taylor and Jose Limon company members, Martita Goshen, Claudia Gittelman. Butoh: Diego Piñon, Tetsuro Fukahara, Akira Kasai, Ko Murobushi, Vangeline. Acting US: Gene Frankel, Anthony Grasso. Acting UK: Jean Marlow, Mike Alfreds, Zofia Kalinska, Irina Brown. Mime: Paul Curtis. Performance Art: Bobby Baker, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Les Waters. Voice: Steve Sweetland. Dialect: Julia Wilson-Dixon.
Katherine holds a BA in Modern Dance and Joint Political Science/History from Rutgers University and an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice (with Distinction) from the University of Essex in England.