Kimi Eisele

Tucson, AZ
September, 2015 to November, 2015

Kimi Eisele is a dancer/choreographer, director, writer, and visual artist living in Tucson, Arizona. Her work is grounded in explorations of place and environment, creating opportunities for community collaboration, civic participation, and deeper discovery of our connection to nature. She has directed multiple dance projects for New ARTiculations Dance Theatre, exploring issues such as endangered species (Rosemont Ours, 2013), water (FLOW, 2012), urban revitalization (The Invisible City,2008), and food systems (We Are What We Eat, 2008). Her current projects are How to Duet with a Saguaro, investigating our relationship with movement, stillness, and the iconic Sonoran Desert cactus; and Transit Talks, using arts-based projects to promote community conversations about transit and climate change in Tucson. Her writing has been published in literary magazines, anthologies, and online news outlets. She received the 2012 Arizona Commission on the Arts’ Artist Project Grant for her novel-in-progress about America in the post-apocalypse. Also a visual artist, Kimi makes papercuttings and shadow puppet theater about community, wildlife, and the human body. She is the 2014 recipient of the “Lumie” Award for Established Artist from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and has been a resident artist at Djerassi, Blue Mountain Center, and the Mesa Refuge. Read more about her projects at or view her artwork at

While in Sitka, Kimi collaborated with Robert Woolsey from the KCAW staff to produce a story about the Yellow Cedar. It can be heard here:


Kimi was also interviewed on Raven Radio:  
We produced a booklet collecting together Kimi's writing, artwork, and ideas. You can browse it here:  
  Kimi spent some of her time in Sitka in conversation with the landscape through dance:  

KimiEisele_Conversations with Alaska from Kimi Eisele on Vimeo.

Finally, Kimi's time in Sitka culminated with the shadow puppetry production of In/Out of the Shadows: A Yellow Cedar Tale: 

In/Out of the Shadows: A Yellow Cedar Tale from Kimi Eisele on Vimeo.

Articles written by Kimi Eisele

a letter from resident artist Kimi Eisele

  • Posted on: 24 September 2015
  • By: Kimi Eisele

This blog post is a letter of introduction courtesy of Kimi Eisele, current artist in residence at the Island Institute through the support of the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program. She will be here in Sitka until mid-November. 
Dear Sitka,
 I’m enchanted and alive with your offerings. I am originally from Pennsylvania but have lived for the past 18 years in the Sonoran Desert, the most biodiverse desert in the world, but a very dry place (Tucson gets on average 11 inches of rain a year). I am standing on my head in Sitka, a completely different ecosystem, and I dig the view from here.

In/Out of the Shadows: A Shadow Puppet Performance

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi, 200 Katlian St

Shadow puppetry is an ancient artform blending narrative, shadows, and music to share important community stories and myths.

This live performance chronicles human and natural relationships with the yellow-cedar tree.

Created and performed by Island Institute artist-in-residence Kimi Eisele, with help from Annika Ord. Live music by Sarah A. Swong and Anna Lee Hirschi

Suitable for all ages. Donations accepted at the door. 

Support for Kimi's time in Sitka comes is provided by the Rasmuson Foundation's Resident Artist Program.

Shadow Puppetry Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
304 Baranof St

A workshop with Artist in Residence Kimi Eisele. Learn how to tell a story through light and shadow by making a shadow puppet. You'll also have an opportunity to participate in the making of Kimi Eisele's final performance. All ages. 


Kimi Eisele Meet And Greet

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
304 Baranof St, Sitka

A meet-and-greet with current Island Institute artist in residence Kimi Eisele (pronounced kimmy eye-zelle) at 304 Baranof St. She will briefly talk about her work. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. 

Kimi is a visual artist, writer, and dancer from Tuscon, Arizona, and will be in Sitka for two months through the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program. More information is available at