Alexx Shilling, Artistic Director / Choreographer / Filmmaker
Alexx Shilling is fully committed to the infinite investigation of movement and its potential to uncover alternative narratives and allow us to remember. Her original choreography and experimental films have been presented nationally and internationally, through residencies at the Millay Colony and Ebenbökhaus / Jewish Museum in Munich, and with generous support from institutions including Dance Films Association, CCI, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and CHIME both as Artistic Director of alexx makes dances and ann and alexx make dances (with Ann Robideaux).
Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, she has created projects in museum spaces, warehouse lofts, city parks, alleyways, bathrooms, private houses, artistic and academic institutions, adapting and transposing dances for unique encounters with audiences.
Shilling’s interdisciplinary research follows three unique strands: site-located performances that question the potential for transformation, the intersection between the fleeting immediacy of live dance and the preservation of still and moving images on film, and works that steal from artistic heroes as a way of paying tribute while simultaneously constructing new paradigms.
In Los Angeles, she has been collaborating as a performer with Victoria Marks since 2010 and currently practices and performs with Ros Warby, Laurel Jenkins, Sarah Leddy, Alison D’Amato and Rebecca Pappas.
She received her M.F.A. in dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Culture/Dance in 2013 and an undergraduate degree in Dance from Skidmore College in 1999. She teaches at Loyola Marymount University, UCLA and The Wooden Floor.
During her 11 years in New York, Shilling created and co-curated the popular BODY BLEND series at Dixon Place with Sara Juli, founded and directed RADIANT PILATES and the RADIANT MOVEMENT Studios in New York City. She continues to work with long-time New York-based collaborators Janusz Jaworski, Ann Robideaux, Richard Rivera (company member, 2002-2010) and Mimi Yin.