ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 01: ALESSANDRA GIAMBELLI + DANCERS
Get to know Alessandra Giambelli, choreographer, dancer, and 1 of 12 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue I. March 11 to 13, 2016. Collaboration is integral in Alessandra's creative process, as the connection between artists sparks inspiration and provokes new perspective in concept. Learn more about Alessandra on our Artist Spotlight and see her work in Program 01: Female Forms + Program 03: Distorting The Frame.
Three words that Describe your Choreography
Feminine, Unbound, Inquisitive
Alessandra Giambelli, from Italy, studied at Alonzo King Lines Ballet and The Ailey School, where she is also on faculty. As a performer, she has worked with BODYART Dance Company, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, and Lydia Johnson Dance. Her choreography has been presented at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Performance Lab at Steps on Broadway, Green Space Blooms, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, and IDaCo NYC. In addition, Alessandra is a certified GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS instructor.
About Alessandra's Creative Process
Whether it is physical or emotional, I’m interested in the analysis of a journey, as I want to convey the vibrancy of the inner and outer worlds that we encounter through movement. A dialogue with the artists I work with is essential, as we begin our process by investigating our lives through the use of tangible materials such as journal writing, creating scripts, and imagery. We ask who we are, look at our present selves, and delve into the push and pull of our feelings. These ways of working help us to deepen our connection as collaborators, unifying the athleticism of movement with the internal vibrations of self. Traveling abroad also allows me to encounter new experiences to bring to the work that I develop.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance/performance? If so, what, and how/why did you get into it?
I'm a GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS trainer - I crossed paths with GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS for the first time at San Francisco Gyrotonic, then continued my studies in New York City. I was hooked. My body feels so free and satisfied with this work, as every exercise gives my body and my soul the same pleasure that dance does, while making me even stronger, centered and connected. I love sharing The GYROTONIC Expansion System with my clients, helping them feel at home in their own bodies fulfills me.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? 10 years?
Still investigating on myself, on the movement and on the body. Teaching, training and sharing my knowledge while traveling.
What’s the best space for making dance, and why?
A wide, high ceiling, quiet space with a lot of natural light. The body needs to be able to expand and feel free, to have the option to listen, to be intimate in order to create truthfully.
Above all, a place where the sound of the language your body speaks resonates in you.
What is your favorite part of the body, and why?
The eyes, they allow you to sense and explore your surroundings, or when closed, feel and investigate your inner self. The eyes reveal your intention and feeling.