Adrienne Westwood is a Brooklyn-based dance artist whose multi-layered work incorporates objects into embodied explorations of memory, bringing traces of other times and places into the present moment. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at venues including Movement Research at Judson Church, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Center for Performance Research (CPR), The 92nd Street Y, and Dance Theater Workshop, and outside of New York at Jacob’s Pillow, CCN-Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France), The WUK (Vienna), The Firkin Crane (Cork, Ireland), The Great Friends Dance Festival (Rhode Island), McCallum Theater (California), and the Philly Fringe Festival. Her evening-length work Record premiered at One Arm Red in DUMBO in 2012, and was supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Pilot Parent/Choreographer Space Grant, and by two crucial, unrestricted residency periods at One Arm Red. Its multi-year development was also supported by a week-long Blank Canvas artist residency at The Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland and by DNA’s OBjectobJECT series, which provided a commissioning fee, space, and an in-progress production. Adrienne’s dance film installation little films, partner work to Record, was presented at CPR in New York, and at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. In 2003, Adrienne co-founded VIA Dance Collaborative as the “creative project” component of her eight-month Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), and their first season was produced at LCI’s Clark Studio Theater in 2004. With Adrienne as artistic facilitator, the company actively created and performed work collectively for ten years, receiving support from The Fund for Creative Communities and The Manhattan Community Arts Fund (both administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council). With VIA, Adrienne’s work was produced at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (the evening-length Lullaby in Surrealism, 2009) and the LABA Theater at the 14th Street Y (•••, 2011).
Adrienne holds a BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2003) and received her MFA from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival under the close mentorship of Donna Faye Burchfield (2010).
Adrienne teaches and oversees Expanded Field Lab in the College of Performing Arts at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, a core course in which students are asked to consider their identity as dance artists within the broader field of contemporary arts, with a focus on technology. Committed to the health of the dance community at large, Adrienne currently serves on the selection committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards (“The Bessies”), where she co-chairs the Current Practices subcommittee. She also teaches for Lincoln Center Education, has taught for the grassroots CLASSCLASSCLASS series, and has been a guest artist at Dickinson College, Performatica (Puebla, Mexico), and SUNY Fredonia.