Keval Kaur Khalsa

Professor of the Practice of Dance

External address: 1215 Carroll St., Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686
Phone: (919) 225-3192

Overview

My spiritual path is that of a Sikh, which translates as “student”. As a life-long learner, my research focus is embodied, experiential education, particularly that which promotes social change. I am interested in ways that dance, theater and yoga can be used as tools for personal and social transformation, particularly with communities often identified as “at risk”. Current research projects include:
• a BASS Connections-supported study of the effects of a regular yoga practice on middle school students in Orange County, NC,
• the use of interactive theater to address issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual health.

Education & Training

  • M.A., Ohio State University 1981

Khalsa, KK. "Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – Technology for the Times." Across The Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healin. The Graduate Program of Performing Arts at Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. October 1, 2011.

Kirtan (Sacred Music). Performing artist. (2010)

We Are The Music" -- recording for CD by Jaya Dev, UK musician. Recorded in Hillsborough, NC.

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2010. Choreographer, Creator. (2010)

Night of Renewal, Bring Me Your Breasts, Freedom Seekers. Choreographer, Creator. (2010)

Two Near The Edge, Duet dance company, 1992-2010. 16 years ago, I founded 2 Near The Edge Dance Company with Co-Artistic Director L.D. Burris. Often in collaboration with Mr. Burris (a founding member of Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble), I have created over a dozen works for the Company, including the evening-length works Night of Renewal and Bring Me Your Breasts. I have been fortunate to collaborate with premiere performing and spoken word artists including Scott Ainslie (blues guitar and vocals), Peter Kater (pianist and improvisationalist), Beverly Botsford (percussionist), Gregg Gelb (Gregg Gelb Swing Band), Jim Ketch (North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra), John Hanks (percussionist, composer), Jaki Shelton Green (poet), and Hsiao-Mei Ku (Ciompi Quartet). 2 Near The Edge has toured extensively within North Carolina and to points north and west, and has received grants from the North Carolina State Arts Council, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Durham Arts Council, Duke University Institute of the Arts, Duke University Office of Community Affairs, and Alternate Roots. 2 NEAR THE EDGE is a proud member of the Raleigh/Wake County Artists in the Schools Directory, and we perform our lecture demonstration Freedom Seekers, a tribute to people and events of the Civil Rights Movement, for students of all ages.

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2009. Choreographer, Creator. (2009)

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2008. Choreographer, Creator. (2008)

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2007. Choreographer, Creator. (2007)

Pieces of Clay. Choreographer. (2007)

The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. Choreographer. (2007)

Commissioned by the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Choreographed in collaboration with L.D. Burris, music by Charles Mingus.

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2006. Choreographer, Creator. (2006)

Aad Nuacht. Choreographer. (2006)

Ensemble with musical collaboration between Dr. Michael Newton, Lois Deloatch, Dr. Timothy Holley, and Lucas Campbell. Premiered on Choreolab, Duke University.

Night of Renewal. Choreographer. (2006)

Evening-length dance theatre work in collaboration with L.D. Burris, Michael Newton (Scottish Highland dancer, scholar, and vocalist) and Ed Butler (musician) exploring historical intersections between African-American and Scottish Highland communities in North Carolina via a re-visioning of two important holiday traditions. Cast of 11, live music including vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar and percussion. Premiered on the Kwanzaa Celebration at the Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC. Subsequently performed on First Night Raleigh, in local schools, at Duke University, and Speculating on the South, a conference at UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Pages

The Miser. Choreographer. (2010)

Department of Theater Studies production of Moliere's "The Miser", directed by Joseph Megel. March - April, 2010.

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2010. Choreographer, Creator. (2010)

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2009. Choreographer, Creator. (2009)

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2008. Choreographer, Creator. (2008)

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2007. Choreographer, Creator. (2007)

Pieces of Clay. Choreographer. (2007)

The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. Choreographer. (2007)

Commissioned by the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Choreographed in collaboration with L.D. Burris, music by Charles Mingus.

2 Near The Edge Dance Company Performances, 2006. Choreographer, Creator. (2006)

Aad Nuacht. Choreographer. (2006)

Ensemble with musical collaboration between Dr. Michael Newton, Lois Deloatch, Dr. Timothy Holley, and Lucas Campbell. Premiered on Choreolab, Duke University.

Night of Renewal. Choreographer. (2006)

Evening-length dance theatre work in collaboration with L.D. Burris, Michael Newton (Scottish Highland dancer, scholar, and vocalist) and Ed Butler (musician) exploring historical intersections between African-American and Scottish Highland communities in North Carolina via a re-visioning of two important holiday traditions. Cast of 11, live music including vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar and percussion. Premiered on the Kwanzaa Celebration at the Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC. Subsequently performed on First Night Raleigh, in local schools, at Duke University, and Speculating on the South, a conference at UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Pages

Night of Renewal: A Dance-Music Drama of African & Scottish Origins awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007