Audition Series: Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project

Sunday, October 14
1:30-3:30 PM

The ODC School Audition Series brings dancers and choreographers together in a class context. Dancers may use class cards or pay a $15 drop in fee. Come early to fill out information forms.

Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project is seeking both male and female dancers for their upcoming performance at ODC B. Way Theater. Performance dates are March 28-30, 2019 with rehearsals beginning late October or early November. Dancers must be available to rehearse throughout the months of October 2018 through March 2019 in San Francisco and possibly other Bay Area locations. Performances and rehearsals will be paid a stipend.

*Disabled dancers highly encouraged to apply, but should e-mail prior to audition.

Requirements: Strong performance presence, team player, ability to make choreographic decisions when needed

Preferences: Strong floor work technique, experienced contact improver, physical theater or spoken monologue experience

Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project (AKDP) is a contemporary dance company that was established in London in 2015 and is now based in San Francisco, California. The mission of AKDP is to create innovative and culturally relevant works of art that are accessible and promotes shared empathy among diverse communities. Their movement technique draws from contact improvisation, floor work, release, fitness training, and Tai Chi’ Chuan’ influences. AKDP’s debut dance piece, “Obstruct & Connect,” was presented at Resolution, London’s largest festival for emerging artists in dance, and was met with rave reviews. Critics claimed the work was “...a tribute to the breadth of expressivity of the body—this was pure dance at its best” (Miriam Garnett) and “From an integrated sextet to dynamic solos, each exquisitely formed—A thoroughly absorbing potpourri of dance” (Graham Watts). The company has toured throughout the UK, presenting work at platforms such as FRESH-Northeast, Foot Print, and EMERGE, hosted by UK’s Dance Company C-12. Since then, artistic director, Alyssandra Katherine Wu has been listed on as one of the most promising emerging choreographers of 2015. After its relocation to San Francisco, AKDP has presented work in both Los Angeles- and Bay Area-based locations. The company is the official audience choice award winner for PUSHfest 2016 and was one of the six companies/choreographers to be selected for ODC's Pilot 68 program. AKDP has been invited to participate in the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, Moving Arts Studio Residency Series, RAWDance’s Concept Series, and Joe Goode's Feedback program this past year. The company is a two-time Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund awardee and a Dancers’ Group CA$H grant recipient.

Alyssandra currently holds a B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles in World Arts & Culture/Dance and an M.A. from London Contemporary Dance School. She has worked with internationally renowned dance companies SQX, Candoco, Richard Alston, and Tilted. As a dancer she has performed under choreographers Victoria Marks, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Darren Ellis, Bih-Tau Sung, Michel Kouakou, and Ros Warby.

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