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alexx shilling teaches Open Source Forms at Stomping Ground LA

Sundays, 11am – 1pm

April 5 // 12 // 19 // 26

May 3 // 10 // 17 // 24 // 31

5453 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032

Drop-In / Single Class: $20

4-Class Pack: $70

8-Class Pack: $120

Dancing reveals the magic of being. We can meet our whole graceful, courageous, messy, formal selves through familiar and unfamiliar ways of moving. Open Source Forms is the burgeoning stepchild of Skinner Releasing Technique that prioritizes non-anatomical language and imagery as a way to access our poetic selves more fully. In this world, we might shift nimbly from lying on the floor to dancing with abandon, letting go of assumptions and tapping into our own innate wisdom. 

Sourced from the deep research of Joan Skinner who was influenced directly and indirectly by many people, lineages and histories, I received the work through Stephanie Skura. Laurel Jenkins and Lionel Popkin introduced me to Skinner Releasing Technique.

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Alexx Shilling is a Los Angeles-based dance artist creating site-adaptable, live and filmic dancescapes that invigorate memory and investigate transformation under the moniker alexx makes dances and ann and alexx make dances (2004-2010). Shilling’s original choreography and experimental films have been presented by the Jüdisches Museum München (Germany), REDCAT, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Hammer Museum, Highways, Pieter, PAM, homeLA, SOKA Performing Arts Center, Silverlake Independent JCC, Annenberg Beach House, Outlet Dance Festival (NJ), Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, and in New York by Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Film Association, Open House New York, Moviehouse, BAAD, Bushwick Starr, and Chashama. Her work has been supported by generous organizations including Yiddishkayt, Asylum Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CHIME, UCLA and the Institute of Jewish Creativity. California Arts Council.

As a performer, she has collaborated as a performer with Victoria Marks since 2010 and Richard Rivera/PHYSUAL since 2002. Other choreographers she has had the privilege to dance for include Kevin Williamson, Laurel Jenkins, Nickels Sunshine, Christine Suarez, DaEun Jung, Hana van der Kolk, Ros Warby, Rebecca Bryant, Alison D’Amato, Ariane Anthony, Artichoke Dance, Alan Danielson, Niles Ford, Dwight Rhoden, Debra Fernandez, Kristen Smiarowski and Rebecca Pappas. Ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations include: Latin Alternative Folk band Cuñao, Yiddishkayt, Taso Papadakis, Pablo Santiago, Sarah Leddy, Alberto Denis, Alethea Pace, Janusz Jaworski, Mimi Yin, Ann Robideaux, Maria Garcia and DANCEBAND.

Alexx holds an MFA in Choreography and Dance from UCLA’s World Arts & Cultures/Dance Department and a degree in Dance from Skidmore College. She is the Pilates Specialist at Loyola Marymount University and a Guest Lecturer at Cal State Long Beach. Alexx co-founded the performance platforms Hi, Solo and Gold Series, and co-curates the experimental screen dance platform MOTION CAPTURE at Highways. In addition to Open Source Forms, she holds certifications in Pilates, Maureen Fleming Technique and Yoga.

Photo by Taso Papadakis