Kathryn Nusa Logan is an interdisciplinary artist imagining new futures through ongoing themes of perspective, lineage, and environment. Her work integrates contemporary dance, folk and new music, spatialized sound design, video art, film, multi-media installation, and performance. She takes on supportive, cooperative, and leadership roles in collaborative art making processes, often performing in a fluid disciplinary capacity: acting as dramaturg, collaborative performer, musician, camera choreographer, video editor, art methodologist, or director.
Logan’s primary research is based in integrated dance-with-camera works that holistically consider the camera in the making process. Through this work she is interrogating the dominant gaze by engaging in new, somatic-based practices of looking and interacting with cameras. She brings dance composition and improvisation into relationship with the camera in screendance works, creating individualized camera behavior vocabularies, and acknowledging the camera as an instrumental element of the movement story. In her integrative screendance processes, the camera is a compositional tool through both filmic and choreographic elements, including cinematic and photographic languages of framing, focus, and depth of field, as well as a dance-informed sense of weight, time, and spatial relationship. She considers the frame of the camera as a movement partner with an ability to address quality, texture, speed, and agility.
As a video dramaturg, Logan works closely with directors and choreographers to utilize the camera in a way that best fits their work, considering the camera as an innovative tool, beyond traditional films or dance documentation.
Ongoing collaboration with dance and video partner Katy Gilmore under the project name Logan Company, has produced dozens of short films, performances and video installations since 2010, including installations and screenings at Technicolor Postworks (NYC) and Anthology Film Archives (NYC). (Vimeo.com/Logancompany.)
Logan is dedicated to the slow work of dismantling systems of oppression in the arts, which starts at the hyper-local level in her artwork and teaching, and through the collaboration of the DiGS Anti-Racist Working Group (ARWG) at The Ohio State University (u.osu.edu/arwg). As an organizing member of ARWG, she is contributing to curricular design around the development of an Anti-racism in the Performing Arts Certificate Program, which recently received two major grants from The Ohio State University for pilot implementation.
In relationship to her work with the ARWG, Logan is investigating how scholarship and practices in somatics, dance therapy, and trauma are being activated in dance education to address systemic oppression in the body inspired by the work of the Rooted community, Dr. Amber McZeal, Resmaa Menakem, and generative somatics. She is developing an ongoing practice and workshop series around these ideas as they distinctly relate to dance in higher education.
Under the name of her solo songwriting project, Lanusa, she has recorded three albums and performed across the U.S. Between 2008 and 2015, she organized and hosted dozens of songwriter’s nights in NYC, and self produced two national tours. Her 2015 album release show for Skeletons As Leavers sold out at Arlene’s Grocery (NYC). (Lanusa.bandcamp.com)
Logan teaches ballet and contemporary dance technique (influenced by prolonged work with techniques including Cunningham, Limón, Klein, and Bartenieff Fundamentals), contemporary dance composition, improvisation, somatic practice, screendance/dance film, creative technologies, and yoga. She focuses her courses around equity, the importance of context, deep questioning, anatomical alignment, clarifying bodymapping, and personal investigation.
Logan has performed and shared her work at Lincoln Center Clark Studio Theater (NYC), Joyce SoHo, Center for Performance Research, The Merce Cunningham Studios/ Westbeth, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Chez Bushwick, Red Bean Studios, 14th St. Y, LaMama, Alvin Ailey Studio, Chez Bushwick, Technicolor Postworks, Dance New Amsterdam, Socrates Sculpture Park, Gibney Studios, White Wave, Gowanus Arts Productions Green Building, Shapeshifter Lab, Webster Hall, The Tank, Handel Performing Arts Center (CT), Tempe Performing Arts Center (AZ), RAD Fest (MI), The Wexner Film/Video Theater (OH), Urban Arts Space (OH), and Hopkins Hall Gallery (OH).
She has received The William S. Kenan Fellowship with Lincoln Center Institute (2010-2011) and the University Fellowship at The Ohio State University (2017-2018), and has received awards including OSU’s Graduate Associate Teaching Award (2020), Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) Award (2019), University Institute of Teaching and Learning (UITL) Scholarly Teachers Award (2019) and Semester Funding Initiative Grant (SFI) (2019).
She holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2008) and an MFA from The Ohio State University (2020), where she is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Dance (2021-2022.)