(Alex)andra Taylor Dance - New York

Photo by Eric Bandiero


Artist Biography
Alexandra Taylor resides in New York City working as a dancer and choreographer for (Alex)andra Taylor Dance, freelancing with other dance artists, and teaching dance in the city. Alex is also a founding member of the transnational dance collective, TRANSForm Dance Collective – annually the group holds teaching residencies at Universities, studios, or local arts centers and culminates with a fully produced evening-length dance concert open to the community.

Alex has performed in works by Alexandra Beller, Martha Graham, George Faison, Dianne McIntyre, Carolyn Pavlik, Esther m Palmer, SINedoche Dance Company, Valerie Ifill, Ann Thomas Moffett and Erin Cairns Cella. She received her BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2007. In 2010 she received her MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon where she also held a teaching fellowship teaching modern, jazz, ballet, tap, improvisation and hip hop. During her tenure at Oregon, Alexandra’s research focuses included open collaboration methods in composition and the prevention and recovery of dancer injuries in the hip and low back.

Alexandra’s work has been seen in multiple venues in New York, Oregon, Michigan, California, and North Carolina. She has also taught in various locations around the U.S. including New York, San Diego, North Carolina, and Michigan.

Artist Statement
(Alex)andra Taylor Dance is a project-based modern dance company that ventures to captivate audiences and create stimulating artistry with the exploration of situational concepts through live dance and alternative media. With collaboration being a key factor in their creation process, projects are a culmination of research, communal inspiration and original scores. (Alex)andra Taylor Dance aims to promote artist sharing and collective investigation to expand the breadth and potential of each project.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?\
From this experience, I hope to meet other artists in my field to strengthen and expand my connections to the art scene here in New York and beyond. By participating, the potential for future collaboration and resource sharing is also extended to a new level which only enhances the reach of art into the community.

Have you participated in Festivals before? If so, what worked and what didn't work for you? What would you like to see more or less of?
Yes, I have participated in several festivals. I enjoy the camaraderie of working together with artists in my field but often find that continued contact or interactions are limited to the day of the performance and lost post-show.

Description of the work Alex will bring to the Festival
Haunted by memories of her past, Aiden retells Her Story as she flashes back to the heartache and sadness that took what used to be her safe and contained life. As she is whisked away to an alternate time and space, as she is surrounded by a group of the caring but unknown, watching her past and her present collide through a duet, narrated by her troubled tones.