Alexandra Shilling/alexx makes dances

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Community Arts Fund
Credits: Eric Grush

Alexx Shilling, Artistic Director of alexx makes dances, is fully committed to the infinite investigation of movement and its potential to uncover alternative narratives and allow us to remember. Her original choreography and experimental films have been presented nationally and internationally, through residencies at the Millay Colony and Ebenbökhaus / Jewish Museum in Munich, and with generous support from institutions including Dance Films Association, CCI, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and CHIME both as Artistic Director of alexx makes dances and ann and alexx make dances (with Ann Robideaux). Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, she has created projects in museum spaces, warehouse lofts, city parks, alleyways, bathrooms, private houses, artistic and academic institutions, adapting and transposing dances for unique encounters with audiences. Shilling's interdisciplinary research follows three unique strands: site-located performances that question the potential for transformation, the intersection between the fleeting immediacy of live dance and the preservation of still and moving images on film, and works that steal from artistic heroes as a way of paying tribute while simultaneously constructing new paradigms. As a performer, she currently collaborates with Victoria Marks (since 2010), Richard Rivera/Physual (New York, Company Member 2003 – 2010) and Ros Warby. She received her M.F.A. in dance from UCLA's Department of World Arts & Culture/Dance and an undergraduate degree in Dance from Skidmore College. She has taught at the American Dance Festival, UCLA, the Wooden Floor and at New York's Peridance Center, among others. Currently, she is the Pilates Specialist at Loyola Marymount University's Dance Department.