Media Fellowship Project | Fall 2012
Returning Choreographic Fellow Alex Ketley continues his development of No Hero, a study on our country and all its tremendous diversity, beauty, confusion and stratification economically and socially.
Feeling he could no longer only create dance in the hidden confines of the dance studio, Ketley and company members of The Foundry traveled extensively throughout the rural west, sharing dance with strangers and trying to find out what dance means to the lives of people in small towns throughout the county. While making work in shopping malls, mountains, hotel lobbies, small diners, abandoned buildings and rural towns, Ketley documented his encounters, recording the thoughts, observations of many along the way. In July, 2012, he presented the material at Z Space @ Theater Artaud in San Francisco. Rita Felciana wrote in the SF Bay Guardian “Hero is piece of pure Americana, a tender and amusing tribute to ordinary people and the role that dance may or may not play in their lives.”
This fall Ketley will return to the original sites to share his research, documentation and performative work with those he encountered and begin mapping the next phase of the project.
This Media Fellowship Project is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.