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Alexandra Beller the is Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011 with a premiere at ICA in Boston and a 3 week run in New York City. She was a 2-year Artist in Residence at HERE Art Space, and has also been an AIR at Dance New Amsterdam and DMAC. Alexandra Beller/Dances is an ensemble of highly skilled dancer/actors working on the edge between dance and theater. Rich with personal revelations, performances attempt to move, stimulate, impassion and incite the audience. Ripe with metaphor, abstracted narrative and controversial ideas, the dances traffic through the dangerous territory of homophobia, sexism, and emotional isolationism. The company seeks to intersect distinctions between races, nationalities, sexual orientations and political affiliations through a series of artistic collisions. The creations are a truly unique hybrid form, where speaking and moving are essential forces in the creation of meaning.
As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, Alexandra performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. She was a unique and iconic member of the company, created roles in over ten original productions. In 2004-05 she collaborated as a performer in “The Belle Epoch,” with Martha Clarke and Charles Mee. Film work includes “Romance and Cigarettes” by John Turturro. In 2000, she was the subject of a series of photographs by Irving Penn, "Dancer,” which has toured the world. She also collaborated with David Michalek on the large-scale installation piece “Slow Dancing,” which premiered at Lincoln Center and continues to tour. She has studied with, and been mentored by, Ann Bogart, Bebe Miller, Ann Carlson, Janet Wong, RoseAnne Spradlin, and Janet Lilly.
Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at and commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark's, Abron’s Art Center, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, WAX, HERE, The Connelly Theater, SUNY Purchase College, Dance New Amsterdam, Symphony Space, and Jacob’s Pillow and has been commissioned by companies in Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Korea, Hong Kong, Oslo, Cyprus, Maine, New York City, Florida, Boston, Rhode Island, New Jersey and elsewhere. Her company has toured to the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Bytom Festival in Poland and throughout Michigan, Massachusetts and New York and received The Company Residency at The Yard in 2004.
The company invokes a highly collaborative model. Recent collaborators have included Dramaturg Katherine Profeta (Elevator Repair Service), Lighting Designer Mandy Ringger, with whom she has collaborated since 2003, Composer Robert Poss (Band of Susans), with whom she has also collaborated since 2003, Set Designer Brian Ireland, Costume Designer Karen Young, and filmmaker Martijn Hart.
Alexandra is on faculty at Long Island University, and Dance New Amsterdam and teaches Technique, Composition, Improvisation and other classes at the Atlantic Theater School, The New School, 92nd St Y, and at universities throughout the United States. She was a visiting artist at APA, CCDC, and DanceArt in Hong Kong, D-Dance Festival in Korea, Den Nordsk Balletthoskole in Oslo, Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam, and Cyprus Summer Festival in Nicosia. She was a guest choreographer at the U of Michigan, Rhode Island College, The U of South Florida, MIT, Texas Woman's University, Connecticut College, Oakland University, Texas Christian University, and Bates College, among others, and received an NCCI commission from Montclair State University in 2003/2004.
Recent projects include the premiere of her evening length work, “other stories” at ICA in Boston (co-commissioned by Summer Stages), Jacob’s Pillow, The Irondale Theater, and a three-week season at Joyce SoHo, and residencies at The University of Iowa, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), Rhode Island College University of Michigan, and Oakland University. Alexandra is also a mother of two boys, aged 6 and 1, who alternately feed and starve the creative process, but are endless inspirations for movement and compassion.
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