Featuring five dancers responding to the space of the table — above, below, upon — Alexa West’s Occasion, occasion, occasion considers the social architecture of gathering.
Occasion, occasion, occasion
Featuring five dancers responding to the space of the table — above, below, upon — Alexa West’s Occasion, occasion, occasion considers the social architecture of gathering. West’s placement of multiple tables provides both stage and platform, a space for presentation and for performance. The dancers embody different “character-ways,” — among them the go-go and ballet dancer, and the server, individuals whose actions occasionally coalesce to suggest a broader narrative. The soundtrack and score for the work consists of a repeated poetic refrain undercut by live radio broadcast operated and tuned by the dancers from beneath the table.
About Alexa West
Alexa West (b. 1991 Houston, TX) is a dance artist based in New York City. West studied both dance and sculpture, and makes performances that incorporate material sensibilities across the two disciplines. She trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance before receiving a BFA at the Cooper Union, and an MFA at the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College. West’s work has been presented in both gallery and performance spaces around New York City and Houston, TX. West is a co-founder and co-director of Pageant, a performance venue in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a Dance Research Fellow at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library.
Curated by Mark Beasley.
Sound designer: Lucy Lie