“It’s humbling to be retiring at the end of the 50th Anniversary Season. We’ve been reflecting on the past but mostly we are all looking forward together to an exciting and sustainable future for Dance Kaleidoscope.”
— DAVID HOCHOY
After a thirty-two-year career at Dance Kaleidoscope, David Hochoy retired from his position as Artistic Director at the end of the 2022–2023 season. In honor of his 32 years of service, the Board of Trustees named him Artistic Director Emeritus. This planned retirement coincided with Dance Kaleidoscope’s 50th Anniversary Season.
To Inspire, Educate, and Entertain through the experience of outstanding contemporary dance.
Succeeding David Hochoy, a Martha Graham protégé, Joshua Blake Carter brings his unique perspective to Indy, with his extensive background working in the jazz and contemporary veins. Carter plans to maintain a presence of beloved works introduced to the Company’s repertoire by Hochoy while pushing the boundaries of the dancers and providing accessible, immersive and emotional experiences for audiences.
We are in the midst of a momentous occasion for Dance Kaleidoscope having just celebrated our 50th Anniversary! Over our 50-year history, Dance Kaleidoscope has been recognized for exceptional contemporary dance, arts education, and for our outstanding contributions to Indiana’s arts and cultural communities.
Dance Kaleidoscope: WHERE LEGACY AND “WHAT’S NEXT IN DANCE” COLLIDE
Comprised of twelve professional dancers from across the United States and Europe, the dancers have already shown their ability to embrace Joshua’s expansive new movement and diversify their dance language.
The movement feels new and fresh for the dancers and based on the reaction to the debut at the Indy Fringe Festival, audiences felt this exuberance too. Jay Harvey, Arts Writer, said of the performance, “The public is afforded a bridge to the future,” and “the exuberance seems to be on the brink of punishment for the dancers.” The company is no stranger to choreography that showcases their athleticism and technical expertise and leaves the audience feeling invigorated.
In his inaugural season, Carter will introduce 10 new works into the Company’s
repertoire expanding the already robust roster of dances that spans 50 years. As he works to envision the 2024/2025 season, the first he will completely plan, Carter will expand the Company’s guest artist program to introduce Indianapolis to leading choreographers and then take their works on the road.
Repertory includes works by Joshua Blake Carter, Stephanie Martinez, Lalah Ayan, Brock Clawson, Stuart Lewis and David Hochoy. This diverse and powerful repertory provides immersive, emotional and engaging experiences for audiences.
Dance Kaleidoscope is a collective of performers who value place-making, community-building, and engagement.
Dance Kaleidoscope offers opportunities for all ages to discover and experience contemporary dance through workshops and customized dance performances.
Since 1992 and in partnership with Arts for Learning, we invite students to discover contemporary dance in schools throughout Indiana.
A full range of workshops and classes are offered including Graham Technique, ballet, contemporary, improvisation, and expression.
Contemporary dance is for everyone. We aim to provide opportunities to immerse audiences across our community in the stories portrayed by our performances. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. We are committed as an organization to upholding these values. They are central to our mission and the impact we make both on and off the stage.