Orange Grove Dance, founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, is built on the ideals of integrating dance, design, film, and movement with all communities.
Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. They have been making work collaboratively for over ten years as the Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance. In 2017 they were selected as the ‘Audience Choice Award’ winner of the 34th Annual Choreographers Showcase Award for their work Holding, Here, which was described by Dance Metro DC as a “magically spun… visual tale of suspension, tension, and community within a multilayered moving painting”.
Krogol and Reeves both hold MFAs in Dance from the University of Maryland and BFAs from the University of Florida. They are known for creating visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. Though both originally hail from Florida, the company’s life has been spent in New York City and within the greater DC/Baltimore area. As Orange Grove Dance, they have taught master classes and workshops, as well as set repertory across the United States and Europe. Their work has been produced and presented internationally by The Finlandia Foundation, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Lönnström Taidemuseo, Raumars AIR, Officina Creativa, CerCCa, and Klaustrid at Skriduklaustir. On film they have produced dance films that have screened in cities from Munich, Germany to Boulder City, Nevada and their most recent film The Archetypes was recently awarded Best Dance Film by the Et Cultura Film Festival.
Both have been dancers and collaborators with prestigious companies, such as Dendy/Donovan Projects, Neta Dance Company, Diavolo, CKM & Artists, David Dorfman, Gabrielle Lansner, Dance Tactics, Red Key Dance Theatre, and The National Yiddish Theatre. Currently they are serving as faculty at George Washington University and directing Orange Grove Dance through its tenth season, which includes works commissioned and presented by VelocityDC, CulturalDC, Dupont Underground, The Kennedy Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Agora Dance, and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
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