MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Carol Hess grew up in New York City where she trained as a dancer. She performed with Hannah Kahn and Dancers, Rondo Dance Theater, DANCES/Janet Soares, and others, and taught hundreds of dance workshops in New York city schools through New York City's Yound Audiences Programs and Residencies in the Schools, and the Lincoln Center Touring Program. During the late 1970's she performed solo tap concerts and appeared on PBS ìn the documentary Paul Draper on Tap. Her choreography has been presented in New York at the Cubiculo, Dance Theater Workshop, the International Dance Workshop in Bonn, and the Flora Theater in Amsterdam as well as in and around the Baltimore/DC area. She has been co-Artistic Director of Baltimore Dance Project sinqe 1987. Since the late 1990's, much of her
choreographic work has been multi-disciplinary, incorporating dance with visual media and other technologies. She ìs especially ìnterested in.the interactions between the live dancer and the projected image onstage, and many of her works for the stage feature the use of live camera feeds, and/or pre-recorded images. For the past four years, she has presented site-specific works for the AKIMBQ Artwalk, an annual festival in Baltimore's Station North Arts and
Entertainment District. Her independent video/dance films, Site Visits (2004), and Substrata (2006) have been screened in numerous film festivals, including the 2004 and 2006 Maryland Film Festival, and the 2005 and 2007 Rosebud Festival. Hess graduated from Barnard College, and holds an MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently chairs the Dance Department at UMBC, where she has taught since 1982.