Artist Spotlight No. 2: Audrey Rachelle Stanley

Know first about Audrey Rachelle Stanley, a dancer + choreographer and No.2 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue I. Audrey is inspired by movement that extracts emotion and strives to make her work a moving experience for both performer and audience member. Read more about Audrey on our Artist Spotlight. 


Photo: Bill Hayward

Photo: Bill Hayward

Three words that describe your choreography:
Intense, Visceral, Intimate

About Audrey
Audrey graduated salutatorian from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and has been performing in professional settings for six years. Her first work, Where We Let Go, was created in 2012 for DanceChance at the Ruth Page Center and re-staged for a showing at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's studios. Last year, she presented Imprints on her mind at Chez Bushwick's WIP Showing as well as at The Bunker Presents. Most recently, Audrey collaborated with Wired Elephant Studios on a short film. 

About Audrey’s Creative Process 
My choreography must have emotional connection. If a movement disconnects the dancer or viewer from the soul, I cut it. Dance should be a moving experiencing for all. In order to allow this kind of vulnerability in the work, I always start my creative process by direct, long improvisations. This establishes familiarity, a sense of security, and creative, open mindsets between artists. Utilizing this process eliminates resistance that would otherwise block the development of the piece. Many times I like to lead my dancers blindly through the process, but I can only do this in a judgement-free, trusting environment.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
I'm greatly influenced by artists who explore and take risks, educate and challenge their audiences, and are honest in their approach. Some of these artists include Bill Hayward, Mats Ek, Banning Bouldin, Crystal Pite, and T.A. Stanley, my sister and the author of the stories that inspired my newest work.

What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
For two years, I performed a ballet in which I played the role of Anne Frank. I've never had a more  emotionally challenging role. I knew I would never be able to fully understand how she felt, but the sheer act of trying to grasp her experience through extensive research for this role, both inside the studio and out, was one of the most incredible experiences I have had as an artist thus far.

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why? 
I am fascinated with hands. They are one of the densest areas of nerve endings in the body, which is why I believe so much can be expressed through them.  

Photo: Kiya Marie Schnorr

Photo: Kiya Marie Schnorr

Make sure to follow Audrey on Facebook and Instagram.

See Audrey's work for Volume V, Issue I., on Friday, March 13th at 7:30pm + Sunday, March 15th at 7pm.

Volume V, Issue I. is happening March 13-15, 2015 at the wild project.
See the full schedule and get tickets here.

Photo credit: Bill Hayward