Kim Olson is a choreographer, dancer and the Artistic Director of SWEET EDGE. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University in 1991 and subsequently moved to New York City, where she trained in Release Technique and Klein Technique. She performed and toured as a member of the Randy Warshaw Dance Company, worked as a dancer with the Donna Uchizono Company and then toured internationally as a member of the Stephen Petronio Company. Olson began creating her own work and teaching in Colorado in 1998. Enthusiasm for her independent artistic ventures led to the formation of SWEET EDGE in 2004.
Since 1999, her work has been featured at performance and dance for camera festivals and venues through out Asia, Europe, Central, North and South America. Olson and SWEET EDGE maintain an international presence via commissions, teaching, performance and collaborations - every engagement presents an opportunity to redefine and push artistic boundaries.
Olson conducts outreach, arts integration via Think 30 Arts of Denver. She has twice served as Guest Faculty at University of Colorado Boulder and been a guest collaborator with MESA, Bitcho Maria Productions, the Mariposa Collective, Avant Media and numerous independent projects with artists and individuals representing a host of disciplines. Her work has been commissioned internationally and SWEET EDGE is committed to continuing collaborative projects/work on a global scale.
" Olson is the essence of the modern sensibility...an artist from whom we can continue to expect great things. Luminous on stage with a fragile eroticism, she is ethereal and lusty at the same time...impelling, sliding tossing her parts almost out of control and whimsically bemused by the whole."
- Fritzraven Sky
Writer and Critic Vancouver BC / Montreal
Olson has been awarded “Best Emerging Choreography”, “Best Choreographer” and “Best Female Dancer” nominations at the infamous Monaco Dance Forum Nijinsky Awards. The company has twice been invited to perform at the prominent international tanzmesse nrw in Dusseldorf, Germany and was honored with CATV’s Best Experimental Video Media Award, in collaboration with Ana Baer. SWEET EDGE was awarded the 2012 Summer Residency at work | space Denver at the Laundry on Lawrence and Olson has twice received the ATLAS Innovator Residency with ATLAS Theatre, Boulder for 2010 and 2014.
Olson and SWEET EDGE have received generous support from: Colorado Creative Industries, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Boulder Arts Commission, Colorado Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, Consulate of Guatemala and from numerous organizations and individuals nationally.