From: Brooklyn, New York. LA Opera: Omar (2022, debut).

Kiara Benn is a movement artist and producer pursuing a career in creative direction. She attended Wesleyan University where she received Wesleyan’s DanceLink Fellowship 2019-2020 and was awarded a grant to intern with Whitney Biennial artist, Brendan Fernandes. Kiara assisted with his movement-based installations at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and at Wesleyan’s Zilkha Gallery.

Kiara danced with the Brooklyn youth company Dancewave, where she performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance, and more. Additionally, she danced these works at renowned venues like the Pocantico Center and Jacob’s Pillow.

She has produced the choreographic pieces just for (you), Will You Reminisce For Me?, tempo take me…, and excuse me while I take up space. Kiara’s artistry often asks, how does music serve as a portal to privately experienced memories and trigger our bodies to move in ways that reference the past? 

Photo credit: Rebecca Oviatt