FOUR: New Dances by Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes, Alex Ketley, and Ronnie Reddick

NOV 30 - DEC 2, 2017 | 8PM | ROBLE DANCE STUDIO (113)

FOUR: New Dances by Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes, Alex Ketley, and Ronnie Reddick brings together the original works of TAPS’ four faculty artist-choreographers in a concert of dance, live music, video art, and found objects. Showcasing a range of choreographic styles, movement, and visions, the pieces coalesce into a singular evening of dance that makes the case for movement, each one enacting a premise that originates through the body.

Frank’s dance, with its cool textures, decor, and deceivingly pedestrian objects, investigates progression, connection, and terrain. Hayes directs and choreographs a collaborative making process with the Chocolate Heads that troubles and reinvents the boundaries of an imagined California. In his multimedia dance work, Ketley explores images from his artistic history juxtaposed against his current ideas regarding the moving body. In the show’s closing piece, Reddick’s hip-hop choreography harnesses and celebrates the powerful theatricality of dance.

A mélange of styles, techniques, and bases, FOUR manifests the collective imaginings of these four innovative choreographers and their dancers, serving as the ideal kick off for TAPS’ CHIMERA season.

about the artists

Diane Frank has enjoyed a long career as a professional choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist. She has received numerous NEA fellowship grants and awards for her choreography which has been produced by noted presenters and venues in New York, London, Paris, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. She trained extensively with Merce Cunningham, drawn to both the aesthetic sensibilities and radical beauty of his work. She was a member of the Cunningham Studio teaching staff for 8 years, selected by Cunningham to teach both technique and repertory at the Atalier Cunningham in Paris. She also danced with Douglas Dunn & Dancers for eleven years, touring domestically and abroad.

At Stanford since 1987, she continues to train and mentor a long line of Stanford dance professionals. In 2012, her choreography (performed by Stanford dancers) was selected by the American College Dance Association for the National Gala performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a performer, she has worked with Ann Carlson for 3 years on the currently-touring “Doggie Hamlet”. Recent choreographic projects include multiple solo off-shoots of “Branch, Tendril, Vine” set on Bay Area dance artists, as well as a site-specific collaboration, “In A Winter Garden,” with composer Jaroslaw Kapusinski and sculptor Will Clift. In the Bay Area, she is an on-going guest teacher in the Dance Department of San Jose State University, a long-time choreographic mentor for The Young Choreographers’ Forum in San Francisco/San Jose, and the founding organizer of the Bay Area Dance Exchange (BADE), a thriving consortium of Bay Area university dance departments /programs, students, and faculty who gather to exchange best practices in dance training, creative processes, and performance.

Organizationally at Stanford, she has continuously worked for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative exchange: Highlights of past projects include: Rehearsal Director for visiting artists Elizabeth Streb, Ann Carlson, Anna Halprin, Brenda Way, Parijat Desai, among others; a curated Screen-Dance Festival and lecture series on mediated movement; numerous site-specific performances traversing campus ( "Cantor, Re-Wired,” "RED ROVER," "CONSTRUCTION SITE," “SEQence"), and the investigation of dance practice within community challenged by Parkinson’s Disease (the Haas service-learning course “Dance, Movement & Medicine” in collaboration with neurologist Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart and dance artist Damara Ganley).

Aleta Hayes is a contemporary choreographer, performer, and lecturer in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. Before her appointment at Stanford, Ms. Hayes taught for eight years at Princeton University in the Program in Theater and Dance and the Program in African American Studies. Aleta Hayes lived and worked in New York City for fifteen years, choreographing solo and group dance pieces, in which her performances often interpolated acting and singing. Highlights include having leading roles in major works by artists such as: director, Robert Wilson; composer/scholar, Bernice Johnson-Reagon; choreographer/director, Martha Clarke; choreographer, Jane Comfort; playwright/performer, Carl Hancock Rux; director, Ping Chong; playwright/director/performer, Daniel Alexander Jones. Aleta Hayes has also performed for and collaborated with, Harry Elam, Rush Rehm, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lava Thomas and Otobang Nkange.

In 2009, Hayes founded the Chocolate Heads, a cross-genre, dance and performance troupe that has created several original site-specific performances for new architecture structures within Stanford’s arts district including: Bing Concert Hall, the Anderson Collection, Mc Murtry Art and Art History Building, the Windover Contemplative Center and the recently renovated Roble Gym. Other notable performances and venues include Stanford Ted X, the Pace Gallery in Palo Alto, the Djerassi Artist Residency, The Cantor Arts Center and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Her current interests include StratLab, (founded by Hayes in 2012), to research improvisational strategies and practices used by artists to access new creative pathways, that may also be applied across non-artistic disciplines. This project has led to the development of pedagogically innovative workshops in embodied leadership, hosted by the and STVP at Stanford, and Google X, that draw from performance techniques and histories, design thinking, social innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer, filmmaker, and the director of The Foundry. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet (1994-1998), he performed a wide range of classical and contemporary repertory with the company in San Francisco and on tour throughout the world. In 1998 he left SF Ballet to co-found The Foundry and explore his deepening interests in choreography, improvisation, mixed media work, and collaborative process. With The Foundry he has been an artist in residence at many leading art institutions including Headlands Center for the Arts (2001 and 2007), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2002), The Yard (2003), the Santa Fe Art Institute (2004 and 2006), the Taipei Artist Village (2005), ODC Theater (2006), the Ucross Foundation (2007), and the Vermont Performance Lab (2014).

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 a wide variety of places, including the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography (2005), the BNC National Choreographic Competition (2008), three CHIME Fellowships (2007, 2008, and 2012), four Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies (2007, 2009, 2014, and 2015), the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreographer Commissioning Award (2009), and the National Eben Demarest Award (2012). His pieces and collaborations have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards in the categories of Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble (2009), Outstanding Achievement in Choreography (2011), and Outstanding Achievement by a Company (2011 & 2012).

In 2011 his AXIS Dance Company work To Color Me Different was presented on national television through an invitation from the show So You Think You Can Dance. He came to Stanford TAPS in 2013, where he has choreographed pieces including Swan Lake Recalibrated (2014) and "Poem (Fragment Expansion)" in Spatial Shift (2016). In 2013 he was also awarded the first Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission Award (CMCC), a MANCC Media Fellowship, and a Kenneth Rainin Foundation New and Experimental Works Grant. Also in 2014 he created and premiered his dance film The Gift (of Impermanence) which has continued to screen at film festivals internationally, as well as winning the 2015 Artistry Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival. During 2016 he spent time in Salt Lake City teaching for Salt Dance Fest and creating a new work for SALT Dance Company. Later in that same year he had a six week residency and created a new work for Ballet Met in collaboration with the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus. Highlights of 2017 include the Stanford Main Stage performances of No Hero (West), teaching and commissions in NYC and Seattle, as well as the final iteration of Deep South which was fully supported through a tech residency and performances by ODC Theater in San Francisco.

Along with his direction of The Foundry, his various independent projects, and his appointment at Stanford, he worked closely with Summer Lee Rhatigan on the initial creation of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance (Founded in 2004), an organization where he still serves as the Resident Choreographer. Stemming from a classical foundation, the school is deeply invested in advanced students learning and growing through the engagement of contemporary choreography.

Ronnie Reddick is one of the Bay Area’s most dynamic and multi-talented choreographers with an edge of what’s happening in the world of dance and fashion today. This multi-faceted San Francisco based Choreographer/Dancer made his mark by combining Hip Hop, Jazz, Fashion and Theatrics to create one of the most explosive and dynamic styles to hit the dance scene recently, making him one of the most sought after Hip Hop/Contemporary choreographers in the Bay Area and beyond. Along with his busy career, Reddick is also the Choreographer/Show Director at Asia SF. This unique restaurant/dining experience is taking the world by storm and features one of the most beautiful gender illusionists in the world.

In the entertainment world, Reddick has worked with such artists as Michael & Janet Jackson, Deborah Cox, Paula Abdul, Kristine W., Tony, Toni, Tone, Jody Watley, Santana, Kelly Price, RuPaul, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Overtone Band and M.C. Hammer along with many corporations like Sony, Sony PlayStation, Intuit, Prudential, Gap, Macy’s, MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Starbucks, API, Apple Computer, Google, Yahoo, Xilinx, Sun Micro Systems, BEBE, Univision Television, E*Trade, Coca Cola, and Microsoft.

In addition to teaching at Stanford, Reddick teaches at Santa Clara University and has taught master classes around the world, including Princeton University, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Canada. He continues to work with, train, and inspire dancers that are now dancing around the world. Reddick also teaches dancers about the business of dance and how to work in today's world as a professional commercial dancer.

“Technique is only the beginning of what makes a memorable dancer, and we don’t start dancing to end up doing chorus," says Reddick. “You have got to have that extra something.” It is through his experience and selfless devotion that Ronnie Reddick is inspiring a new generation of talent.


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This production performs in Roble Dance Studio 113, located in Roble Gym. CLICK HERE for directions and parking information.


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This performance runs 60 minutes without intermission.