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Alex Ketley

Published May 13, 2015

Ketley_AlexGuest Faculty Spring 2013 & Guest Artist Fall 2015

Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer and the director of The Foundry, a contemporary dance company based in San Francisco. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, he performed a wide range of classical and contemporary repertory in San Francisco and on tour throughout the world. in 1998 he co-founded The Foundry in order to explore his deepening interests in choreography, improvisation, mixed media work, and collaborative process. The Foundry has produced fourteen full evening length works that have received extensive support from the public, funders, and the press, as well as a number of single-channel video pieces that have screened at international video festivals. As a choreographer independent of his work with The Foundry, Alex Ketley has been commissioned to create original pieces for companies and universities throughout the United States and Europe. For this work he has received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the National Choo-San Goh Award, the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography, the BNC National Choreographic Competition, three CHIME Awards, and two Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies. His work for AXIS Dance Company called “To Color Me Different” won an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Ensemble Performance and was performed on National Television through an invitation from the show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2011 he created work for Ballet Leipzig in Germany and the Juilliard School in New York, and was the sole artist to receive the National Eben Demarest Award. In 2011 he also created Terra Incognita: Revisited in collaboration with Katie Faulkner, Manuelito Biag, and Kara Davis for the Westwave Dance Festival. This work won two separate Isadora Duncan Awards, one for Outstanding Achievement for a Company and another for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. Along with his direction of The Foundry and his independent projects, he also helped create The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance in 2004, an organization where he still serves as an advisor, teacher, and the Resident Choreographer.

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