Katherine is a dance artist based in Dublin. She trained professionally in Russia at the Perm State
Choreographic School and also at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, graduating with an Honours
Graduate Diploma under the tutorship of Ludmilla Pavlova Sakharova. She later joined The Tatarstan
State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kazan (Russia) touring throughout Russia and Europe with Opera and
Ballet productions. In 1998 she undertook further training in the UK at London Contemporary Dance
Moving back to Ireland in 1999 Katherine was a founding member of Liz Roche Company (formerly
known as Rex Levitates) and became it's Associate Artist in 2008. During this time Katherine has
remained an almost constant fixture performing with, teaching alongside and assisting Liz Roche throughout her post as choreographer in residence at University of Limerick and on various other projects, residencies, festivals and research with the company in Ireland, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Beijing, Paris, Barcelona, Dusseldorf and New York. In 2006 for her performance in Liz Roche Company's The Same Jane as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival she was nominated for Best Female Performer.
In 2011 Katherine co-choreographed “Taking Distance” with Lisa McLoughlin to accompany Liz Roche Company's “Fast Portraits” evening of work at Siamsa Tire, Tralee. In the same year alongside Emma O'Kane, Lisa McLoughlin and Rebecca Reilly, she collaborated and co-choreographed Four Told, produced in partnership with Project Arts Centre as Project Catalyst artists. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Project Catalyst, Four Told was an exploration of ownership, identity and friendship premiering at Project Arts Centre in February 2011.
In 2012 Katherine completed her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at University Limerick with a First Class Honours degree and received a Dance Artists Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. During this time she focused on developing her solo practice. Realising a need for closer investigation into her own process as a dance artist Katherine spend time researching and formulating a method to support her in making dance as a dancer and dance maker/choreographer.
Other notable choreographers / companies include: Catapult Dance Company (Katherine also worked closely and collaborated with Rebecca Walter as assistant choreographer), Liv O'Donoghue, John Scott Dance formerly Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Sara Rudner (USA), Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Cíotog Dance Company & Macushla Dance Club, Maiden Voyage (NI), Dylan Quinn, Splinter Productions with Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri (USA), Thomas Lehman (GR), Pappa Tarrahumara (JP) and Catapult Dance Company, The Abbey Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre, Bedrock Productions, Rotozaza (UK), Landmark Productions & The Helix and Opera Ireland.
Last year Katherine choreographed and performed in “Wake”, directed by Maeve Stone, produced by Chamber Made Opera (AUS) and commissioned by Limerick City of Culture as well as continuing to develop her solo practice, supported by BLANK CANVAS in the Firkin Crane, Cork.
At the beginning of 2015 Katherine qualified as an Anma Amatsu Practitioner with the Amatsu Therapy Association Ltd. Currently she is working with Liz Roche Company on their new creation “Bastard Amber” a co-production by the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Dance Festival.
"Katherine O'Malley dragged us into the intimacy of her grief so deftly, we could feel it rather than just see it. So authentic, so stylish and accomplished, it beggars a fitting description... Bravo to all concerned. Wake is an astonishing triumph."
Irish Independent The Wake 2014
"It's always a pleasure to write specifically for someones voice, and O'Malley could read the phone book and make it sound lovely" Patrick McCarthy Chamber Made Opera The Wake 2014
"O'Malley's sensitivity as a performer draw the spectators into the action"
Rachel Donnelly Totally Dublin The Wake 2014
'We accompany the bereaved O'Malley on her thoughtful, pathos-imbued domestic preparations for a familiar ritual that is more than likely to take place. O'Malley the woman of the house executes a subtle choreography around the table... she articulates her fragmented few words... catch this gorgeous experience if you can."
Vulgo The Wake 2014
"In this portrayal of life in flux …… O’Malley is a captivating centrepiece.."
Sunday Times Body and Forgetting 2013