Jos McKain is a classically-trained and self-taught dance maker and performance artist. McKain’s creative work approaches performances as a shamanic ritual where the heightened state of performance acts as a trance-like state. This work is reflective of formative years spent on an Indian Reservations and training in the classical East Indian Kathak with Master Teacher Priya Lasya-ji. Since then his training has encompassed Dunham Technique,West African forms, yoga, Tai Chi and a 5 year mentorship with Sean Greene, former master teacher of the Bella Lewitsky Dance Company.
Currently based in between LA and NYC, McKain has been performing for over a decade. First as creative director and choreographer of the Bush-era dada-punk collective, The VixenmKabarett, once described as “ …..a cross between the Pussycat Dolls Live and A Clockwork Orange.” Since then his focus has shifted towards contemporary performance/dance, specifically focusing on the transient nature of digital memory onto analog bodies and the Internet as a spiritual practice. Performance is a language, predating any formalized approach to visual art. Before we drew on the walls in caves we howled around campfires and frenzied our persons into a sweat.
McKain has curated shows for Machine Project, Highways Performance Space and Electronic Daisy Carnival. His venue credits include Carnegie Hall, MOMA PS1, LACMA, MOCA and MOA. He has appeared in work by Ryan Heffington, WIFE, Marina Abramovic, Scott Benzel, Jerome Bel, Daft Punk, Mike Kelley, and Peter Bogdonovich.