Choreographic Mentorships are available upon request. A mentorship can be anything from a single session to a year-long relationship and can include feedback on choreography, advice session on topics such as writing about your work, choosing/editing work samples, creating a strong press pack, applying to festivals, touring, self producing, funding/grantwriting, becoming a 501 (c)3, collaborating with designers, etc.
A single session is generally $50/hour, but arrangements can be made for longer mentorships.
Choreographic Feedback sessions will investigate any or all of the following ideas:
- How do you invent movement that is fresh and unique? How do you challenge habitual forms and patterns?
- How do we speak through movement in a way that is open to interpretation but strongly felt? How do we use material from our lives to make work without making a confessional piece?
- How does architecture between bodies and space create resonant imagery?
- How do we sensitize the mind to one’s personal practice of making work?
- What are the uses of text within a dance and how do we respect the power of language and of movement equally without overshadowing one or the other? How can both speaking and moving be acts of survival?
- What is the nature of relationship within duet structures and how do we communicate that relationship through partnering?
- How does an object absorb the correct amount of value within a dance? How are objects treated and what does that say about the person using them? How can an object reveal character, story, emotion and metaphor just by being onstage? How do we choose the appropriate objects for our needs?
- How can we use sound to support, enlarge, even subvert our narrative? What sound to choose, if we choose it, where to put it, and how to engage with it will be topics of conversation.
- How do we engage with media, like video, projection, live music, live feed, motion sensors, and other forms of technology to support our work and create brilliant imagery that could not exist without the tech?
- How do we coach our performers to bring out their best performance while still encouraging their individuality to surface?
- How do we use lighting, costume, set, prop, etc to finish our images, tell stories of their own, and contextualize our work?
- How do we create a future for our work? This would deal with the process of applying for festivals and shows in NYC and beyond, possibly some grant writing, definitely talking about writing about one’s work, and creating an exciting work sample.
"I have been Alexandra’s student for three years now, and she has been a wonderful mentor to me. Not only have her technique classes improved my dancing more than any other teacher, but her ways of articulating her process and her ideas about art-making have been truly influential. Recently, Alexandra has been meeting with me to discuss my senior-work, and has helped me focus my ideas and advised me about costumes, lighting, music, and transitions. I have found that she is constantly making herself available to other students to discuss their work, so it would be wonderful if the program made this an official class! I think this model would be a way of supporting the independent, self-directed projects that don’t always fit into a traditional choreography class, and I know many of the college’s other departments have similar programs. Alexandra’s proficiency at writing about her work could also aid students in grant and application writing, and would be a valuable asset to the program." -Emily Skillings, former student Eugene Lang at The New School