Rachael Kosch has produced concerts of her company, Wilder Milder Dances, at Merce Cunningham Studio, Dancespace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Judson Memorial Church, and Stephen Gang Gallery. Her dances have been presented by New Music Chicago, American Women Composers, Mo Ming Dance and Arts Center, The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, 550 Broadway Dance, various festivals at Westbeth, and most recently New York Theatre Ballet. Mrs. Kosch has choreographed a musical, a dance for a play, and is currently working on her second opera.
Rachael trained at Joffrey Ballet School from 1970 – 1975. She attended Herbert Berghoff Studios and was in numerous off-off Broadway plays as a child. After studying acting at The High School of Performing Arts, she went to New York University to major in Drama at Circle in the Square where she studied with Nikos Psacharopoulos and Jaqueline Brooks. At Bennington College, she discovered her affinity for dance composition under the inspiring tutelage of Wendy Perron. In 1986, she graduated from Columbia College, Chicago with a degree in Choreography and Teaching where her mentor was Shirley Mordine.
Since returning to her native New York City, from a ten year period of building her repertory in Chicago (1982-1992), Rachael has been training at, and teaching for, both the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and with Diana Byer and Sallie Wilson at Ballet School NY. She is choreographer, costume designer, and performer for The Kangaroo Garden, her music and dance troupe for children, started in 1993.
In 1998, Rachael was hailed by Dance Magazine critic Ann Barzel as “one of the high points of the dance season.” In 1992, Chicago Reader said, “She makes excursions in the distorted world of the psyche. It’s as if [Kosch] were creating a precise vocabulary for psychological events, almost in the manner of Martha Graham.” Jack Anderson wrote in The New York Times that her dances were “filled with odd gestures and poses,” “strange steps,” and “crazy notions.”