Alyssa Gersony is a Queens-based artist making contemporary dance in New York City since 2013. Her solo work was recently commissioned by Gibney Dance as a part of the inaugural Work Up Emerging Artist Series in 2015. Since moving to New York she has been invited to present work at Movement Research at the Judson Church (2018), Dixon Place (2017), Triskelion Arts (2017, 2016), Green Space (2015), the Center for Performance Research (2014), the Actors Fund Art Center (2014), and Brooklyn Fire Proof (2013). She is currently a research assistant to Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and previously worked as choreographic assistant to Thomas Lehmen and Grisha Coleman. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa, under the Iowa Arts Fellowship.
Alyssa graduated from Arizona State University with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Interdisciplinary Performance. She is deeply influenced by socially engaged art practices, and while she isn't dancing, she serves children and adults with visual impairments as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She is a Perkins-Roman Endorsee in Cortical Visual Impairment, more information here.
I make performance work that shares personal, social and geographic histories with audiences. The dances I make are presented in public spaces, formal dance spaces, and galleries, ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours in duration. In my creative practice I value indeterminacy, virtuosity and transparency. I use thematic choreographic scores to both shape and develop compositional structure. I allow socially engaged topics to pair with dreamscapes both in live text and sound. I am committed to improvisation in performance, and I embrace participation with audiences to relate to both physical space and a sense of place.
My accumulated interest in contemporary dance and socially engaged art practice has led me to work with people with disabilities. I am interested in sharing stories and raising awareness of disability rights through the experience of performance and the creative process. My works provoke dialogue around diversity, accessibility, inclusion, integration and privilege.