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I am a dancer and a passionate creator of movement based performance work. Over the course of my four years at Ohio University, I stepped into a different world. I developed my own voice that is grounded in a strong ballet background, expanded through the study of folk dance and continues to mature in the study of modern and post-modern dance.
My choreographic style incorporates virtuosic physicality, a resilient use of weight, and repetition. It is supported by an airy use of space to define the landscape, and a theme or loose narrative to develop the piece. I use these qualities as a vehicle to stimulate and invigorate the hearts and minds of an audience.
I begin choreographing by paring down ideas into key words and phrases that are translatable into movement. Through the use of choreographic techniques, I manipulate the steps and original phrases to create a piece that is honest and intimate. The articulation of emotional response enables sensitive subject matter to be made palatable through the lens of dance.
I believe the process of creating the work is twofold: it is both the time when I develop the physical movement, and when the dancers develop their own intention within it. Through creative discussions, we discover how their history informs the work and compliments the overall intention of the piece. It is the simple, personal nature of my work that feeds my creative soul, and allows me to pursue the question ‘what is honesty in dance?’.
Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a freelance dance artist based out of Pittsburgh, PA, who is active as a dancer, choreographer, arts administrator and teacher. In May 2014 her work, CONNOTATIONS: unknown, premiered to sold out audiences at PearlArts Studios in Pittsburgh. Excerpts of this work have been presented citywide at RAW: natural born artists and the newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival as well as in the HATCH Presenting Series (NYC) and American Dance Festival (Durham, NC).
In recent years Alexandra has attended the Bates Dance Festival (ME) and American Dance Festival (NC) where she has had the opportunity to study and connect with a brilliant and eclectic array of dancers and teachers. These experiences propel her to push artistic boundaries, and have influenced the philosophy and physicality she embodies as a dancer and choreographer.
Alexandra began her formal training in ballet, jazz and tap at Benvin Dance Academy at the age of two. She left BDA to study ballet with Leonid Lubarsky, former principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet, for several years. She attended summer programs at Point Park University (PA) and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet (PA), where she graduated from their College Preparatory Program in 2008.
In addition to her classical training, Alexandra has studied a wide range of ethnic dances. She began her training in Eastern European folk dance as a member of the North Hills Junior Tamburitzans, where she was taught by the renowned Željko Jergan for two years. She also danced with Slavjane Folk Ensemble (SFE), under the direction of Jack Poloka, for eight years. It was with SFE that she had the opportunity to travel abroad, to Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine in 2005.
Alexandra attended Ohio University, where she pursued a BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography. In 2010 she spent her spring semester in Avignon, France, training at the Conservatoire d’Avignon under Cyrille de la Barre. She also studied Ghanaian dance and drumming under the direction of Paschal Yao Younge and Zelma Badu Younge. She was a member of their group Azaguno African Dance Ensemble for two years, and had the opportunity to perform around Ohio, and in Toronto, CA.
Since graduating, Alexandra has worked with Attack Theatre in many capacities, Slava Dance Company (dancer) and Continuum Dance Theater (apprentice). In 2012 she was cast in Bricolage’s STRATA, which became the basis for her own work, CONNOTATIONS: unknown.
Alexandra is currently pursuing her own choreographic projects and collaborations as a means of expression and art-making through dance. She aspires to dance for choreographers from around the USA as well as abroad in addition to her own work.