Artist in Residence: Alia Swersky


Project Description

When your arms ached, I watched the Mountain hold its fragile form is a durational performance that explores the connection between embodied strength and submission. Juxtaposing the imagery of the female body with that of the mountain, Swersky navigates objectification, resilience and the inevitability of aging. Provoking the allure and control of the male gaze, Swersky brings the omnipresent into view. Marking her first evening-length solo performance, Mountain is a journey through oppression and sorrow towards grace and collective empowerment. 

Artist Bio 

As a movement artist, Swersky sees the world through the lens of the physical form, committing herself fully to the inherent activism of inhabiting the sensate body. She is a pillar in the improvisational dance community. She was a long time Co-Artistic Director of Dance Art Group (DAG), which curated the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. Currently she collaborates with musician Tom Baker on: Body.Space.Time.Sound, experiments in sound and movement performance, held bi-annually at the Chapel Performance Center. Her work has been presented at many Seattle venues including Open Flight, On The Boards, Velocity and Base. Swersky holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and has been teaching, performing, and creating work in Seattle since 1998.

She toured nationally and internationally with the LeGendre Performance Group and has collaborated with many Seattle luminaries including The Maureen Whiting Company, KT Niehoff, Salt Horse and Wade Madsen. She has been on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts since 2005 as a pivotal educator in the dance department’s creative process curriculum. 

Two years in the making, Mountain was created during multiple residencies at: The University of Washington, Hanna Barn on Vashon, and 10 degrees. It is made possible by generous support from individual donors and Cornish College of the Arts.

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