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Faculty & Staff

Alexandra Shilling
(she/her/hers)
Part-Time Lecturer
Dance
Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA in Dance, University of California, Los Angeles
BS in Dance, Skidmore College
Certifications in Open Source Forms, Pilates, Yoga and Fleming Technique
Artistic Director, alexx makes dances
Biography

Alexx Shilling is a movement artist, filmmaker, writer and educator whose deeply collaborative, multidisciplinary performances prioritize the body as the primary research site for invigorating memory and investigating transformation. Utilizing improvisation as a generative tools and a performance performance practice, each work yields its own unique process that includes thematic research and active engagement with cameras, costumes and objects, sound, and site/place, resulting in an integrated bricolage of multiple logics existing at once; a new logic, forms yet unseen.

Her works have been presented nationally and internationally including the Jewish Museum (Munich), Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Bushwick Starr, Danspace Project, REDCAT, Eldridge Street Synagogue, Elinor Bunin Monroe Theatre (Lincoln Center), BAAD!, Pieter Performance Space, ARC Pasadena, Electric Lodge, Highways Performance Space, SOKA Performing Arts Center, the Hammer Museum, and the American Dance Festival, as well as warehouses, parks, bathrooms, fire escapes and historical Lightships on the Hudson River. As a collaborating performer, she has most notably danced with Victoria Marks (2010-2021), Ros Warby, Laurel Jenkins, Alison D'Amato, Alan Danielson, Ariane Anthony, Artichoke Dance and Richard Rivera/PHYSUAL.

Shilling recently relocated back to the east coast from Los Angeles, where she taught at Loyola Marymount University, Cal State Long Beach, UCLA and The Wooden Floor. She co-founded the Los Angeles-based dance series, Hi, Solo and the Gold Collective. With Quintan Wikswo, she co-directed the interdisciplinary company FIELDSHIFT | FURTHER (Los Angeles and New York, 2011-2015) and with Ann Robideaux, the site-specific dance company ann and alexx make dances (New York, 2004-2010). Shilling received her MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Culture/Dance, Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Skidmore College and is a certified Pilates, Yoga, Fleming Technique and Open Source Forms teacher.