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Corps de Ballet

Kimberly Marie Olivier

Kimberly Marie Olivier

Biography

Kimberly Marie Olivier has danced featured or principal roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and Swan Lake; Wheeldon’s Cinderella; Balanchine’s Coppélia and The Four Temperaments; and Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Lambarena. She created corps de ballet roles in King’s The Collective Agreement and Possokhov’s Swimmer.

Her repertory includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia, Diamonds, Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Finale from Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Cranko’s Onegin; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II; Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Firebird, Francesca da Rimini, Magrittomania, and The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ The Cage and Glass Pieces; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries and Frankenstein; Tomasson’s Criss-Cross, Giselle, On a Theme of Paganini, Prism, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Within the Golden Hour; and Zanella’s Underskin.

Kimberly’s guestings include Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux at Agape Dance Academy in Scotts Valley, California, in 2017; Black Iris Project in 2016 and 2017; Ballet Across America in Washington, DC; and Caniparoli’s Lambarena at VIBE USA Gala in Missoula, Montana. In 2015 she performed in the film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance); in two videos by Calvin Walker; and her own choreography in Pas de Deux, a film by Melanie Shang.

Q&A

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COSTUME? WHY?

Gypsy Queen in Don Quixote because I feel like a fierce gypsy—hair down and lots of jewelry? Come on!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS A DANCER? WHY?

Dancing a principal role in Lambarena because of my personal connection to the ballet's African roots.

WHAT CAN ALWAYS MAKE YOU LAUGH?

People making jokes at the funny things we do as humans.