Artist Spotlight No. 13: Alexandra Maricich + Mariah Martens

Know first about Alexandra + Mariah, dancers/choreographers and No. 13 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue II.  Influenced by daily rituals, these roller blading ladies develop movement focused on honest physicality and intuition. Learn more about Alexandra + Mariah on our Artist Spotlight and catch them during LAB // SESSIONS


Photo: Tim Summers

Photo: Tim Summers

Three words that describe your choreography: 
Sexy, Smart, Fearless

About Alexandra + Mariah
Alexandra Maricich + Mariah Martens are multi-disciplinary movement artists. Both hold BFAs in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts where their collaboration began. Their work has been described as 'exquisite' and 'a venn digram of post-modern philosophy, roller derby and eroticism' (Seattle Dances). They have been presented at On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Footlight Dance (ID) and in site-specific happenings across Seattle. Alexandra is inspired by mess and Mariah is inspired by skin. Together they create visceral, cloying, flirtatious clutter and currently reside in the Bay Area and Brooklyn, respectively. Find some daily inspo on their tumblr.

About Alexandra + Mariah's Creative Process
AM + MM develop work through a series of solos and the practice of being an active witness. Taking turns watching each other, they choose to replay certain themes developing movement through movement, avoiding tedious ideological conversations which detract from honest physicality and intuition. AM + MM believe in learning by doing and the vitality of sensorium feedback. They are influenced by daily habits and rituals; bus rides, long lines and side-walk face offs. They are inspired by the performance of gender in it’s extremes and vast interpretations. AM + MM dance the worlds they wish to live in.

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents?
Mariah works with comedy, food and story telling.
Alexandra works with coffee, disposable cameras and multi-colored pens on paper.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
MM: Edith Piaf, Lana Del Rey and Marie Chouinard. All three confident in their eroticism. Strong woman telling different stories about humanity. Marie Chouinard is particularly inspiring to me because of her levity, no matter how dark, sensual or cerebral her work, there is always some element of comedy and playfulness.

AM: James Nolan - His poetry speaks to becoming, to allowing parts to become wholes and honoring fluidity.
Eden Schwartz - Her music is intimate and inspires me to dance with my pain and my truth
Malik Nashad Sharpe - His commitment to his vision, self- care and radical ways of moving
Veronica Lee Baik - She creates the worlds she wants to live in and inhabits creative trust

What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
MM: Finding a collaborator I can fight with, talk with write with and be silent with.

AM: The moment I realized what a privilege it is to be an artist and my ability to do what I truly love.

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
MM: The back, by far the most sexy part of the body on any and all genders. Backs are topographic maps, telling intricate and detailed stories of an entire life.

AM: Bones and Blood. Bones are internal frames of the body, put together to make an inner ghost of who we are. I also love how they dry - They become dust like - reminding me of the desert, prompting me to romanticize the vastness bodies hold within them. I love blood because of its’ coursing heat and heat is what I search for.

Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by? 
‘When the going gets weird the weird turn pro.’ -Hunter S. Thompson

‘The personal is political.’

Photo: Tim Summers

Photo: Tim Summers

Connect with Alexandra on Facebook + Instagram.
Connect with Mariah on Facebook + Instagram.

See Alexandra + Mariah in Volume V, Issue II., on Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 23rd at 3pm + Talkback.

Volume V, Issue II. is happening August 21-23, 2015 at the wild project.
See the full schedule and get tickets here.