Colette Krogol (she/her/hers) is a Cuban-American artist, originally from Miami, Florida. She is a choreographer, dancer, director, filmmaker, and teaching artist. She is the Artistic Director of Orange Grove Dance, alongside her husband, Matt Reeves. They have been making work collaboratively for over ten years through their company, Orange Grove Dance (OGD), a multimedia dance company that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida. She spent her formative years studying at New World School of the Arts.
As Orange Grove Dance, Krogol’s work has been produced for gallery dance-cinema installations, film festivals, underground tunnels, city streets, black box theatres, and concert stages ranging in location from Rauma, Finland to Brooklyn, New York to Tampa, Florida. She has taught master classes and workshops, as well as set repertory across the United States, Europe, and China. Orange Grove Dance's choreographic and cinematic work has been produced and presented extensively internationally by The Finlandia Foundation, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Lönnström Taidemuseo, Raumars AIR, Officina Creativa, CerCCa, and Klaustrid at Skriduklaustir. On screen, OGD has produced three independent dance films that have shown in cities from Munich, Germany to Boulder City, Nevada while their most recent film The Archetypes was nominated for an ‘Arthouse Film’ award by the Stockholm Independent Film Festival and was awarded ‘Best Dance Film’ by the Et Cultura Film Festival.
OGD was featured in the nationally distributed Dance Teacher Magazine (June 2018) with a five-page spread sharing Colette and Matt's creative practice in collaboration through life, performance, creation of new work, and teaching. Krogol's research interests and current choreographic themes are: identity, immigration, exoduses, displacement, technology and its effects on relationships, and autobiographical storytelling. She has served as faculty at George Washington University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, and Wuhan Institute of Design and Sciences in China as well as directed university residencies at American University, Dickinson College, Hillsborough Community College, and Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. Outside of the university structure, Krogol has been Artist-In-Residence with numerous organizations, creating choreographic and cinematic works in Finland, Iceland, Italy, Spain, and China.
In 2019, her company, Orange Grove Dance was the Dance Commission at the United States Botanic Garden where she directed and created an evening-length site performance that included an immersive movement, projection, and sound design throughout the Conservatory. She was a 2019 Helen Hayes nominee for "Best Choreography in a Play" for her work in How to Catch a Star at the Kennedy Center. Krogol is directing Orange Grove Dance through its current season, which includes works commissioned and presented by Dance Place (multi-year presentation commission), National Water Dances, Joe's Movement Emporium, Howard Community College, American University, and the United States Botanic Garden. Most recently Krogol and Orange Grove Dance were commissioned to choreograph for Round House Theatre's production of the Tony award winning show, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was hailed by the Washington Post for its “entrancing movement, imbuing Christopher’s fantasties with a dreamlike elegance and packing his Act 2 train ride to London with frantic energy. The visuals are striking...” In spring of 2020, Krogol will be returning to Wuhan Institute of Design and Science as international faculty where she will teach courses in Contemporary Movement Practices, Contact Improvisation, Projection Design for Dance, and Dance for Camera. This summer, Orange Grove Dance will head its 2nd Annual OGD Summer Intensive where participants can experience the creative practices of OGD and its collaborators by taking classes in dance technique, contact improvisation, design, site work, and filmmaking.