Research Residency: Alice Sheppard – Danspace Project
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Research Residency: Alice Sheppard

Alice Sheppard reaches her arms up into the arm to catch a moment of hangtime at the top of the wooden ramp before gravity pulls her backwards in her wheelchair. Photo by Hayim Heron; courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.
Photo by Hayim Heron; courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.

This fall, a series of week-long creative and research residencies at Danspace’s home in St. Mark’s Church will provide time and space for crucial experimentation for artists.

Bessie Award-winning choreographer Alice Sheppard “creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race.” During this creative and research residency, Sheppard will explore the architectural possibilities of St. Mark’s Church.

This residency is not open to the public.

Alice Sheppard took her first dance class in order to make good on a dare; she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship in order to begin a career in dance. She studied ballet and modern with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Alice joined AXIS Dance Company where she toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs.

Since becoming an independent artist, Alice has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she has worked with Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton.

As an emerging, award-winning choreographer, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference.