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I am committed to revealing myself: as a woman, an artist, and an American. I make art because I want to find out where I mesh with and where I challenge my community. I use the creative process to develop compassion for that which is foreign to me. I want my work to trigger memory, emotion and heightened awareness through images that are electric, disarming and provocative. As a member of a sometimes-oppressed gender, an oppressive race, and a country that has exhibited questionable human values, I am fascinated by issues of morality, compassion, greed, manipulation, victim-hood, power, and absolution. The work traffics through the dangerous territory of homophobia, sexism and emotional isolationism.

My form of Dance Theater is truly a democratic use of movement and words, a series of artistic collisions where bodies, words, objects and sound function as characters in a human narrative. I believe that creation should be an act of survival. I invite the performers to go to their own danger, where they speak because they are personally compelled to reveal themselves, move because words cannot express the depth of their meaning. Their stories, intimate and unique, will hopefully etch a picture of our shared space.

Alexandra Beller is Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, which is currently celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. In 2004-05 she helped to create “The Belle Epoch,” (Martha Clarke and Charles Mee). She was a 2-year Artist in Residence at HERE, and has also been an AIR at Dance New Amsterdam and DMAC. 

Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at and commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, La MaMa, Institute for Contemporary Art (Boston), The Yard (Martha's Vineyard), 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 State, and received The Company Residency at The Yard in 2004 .

Alexandra co-created the Choreographic Investigation Course at Dance New Amsterdam, and curated the Modern Guest Artist Series at Dance New Amsterdam and the Contemporary Forms Series at Gibney Dance Center. She is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center, and Mark Morris Dance Center,  and frequently teaches Technique, Composition, Improvisation and other classes through her Company, 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 numerous Universities throughout the US including University of Michigan, Rhode Island College, Princeton, The University of South Florida, MIT, Texas Woman's University, Connecticut College, Texas Christian University, and Bates College, among others, and received an NCCI commission from Montclair State University in 2003/2004.

Film performance work includes “Romance and Cigarettes” by John Turturro. In 2000, she was also the subject of a series of photographs by Irving Penn, "Dancer,” which have toured internationally and are on permanent exhibition at Smithsonian Museum (DC) and Whitney Museum (NYC).

Beller frequently choreographs for Theatre productions including the critically acclaimed off-Broadway show "Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility," for which she was nominated for a Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography, "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (Eric Tucker, director) for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, "As You Like It" (GT Upchurch, director) for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, "Chang (e)" (Suzi Takahashi, director) for HERE, "How to Transcend a Happy Marriage" (Rebecca Taichman, director), and movement coaching for Taylor Mac, Theatre Askew, Dael Orlandersmith, and others.