Alice Farley

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Alice Farley is a choreographer, dancer, mask maker, costume designer, and creator of dance theater. She approaches designing and making costumes and masks as a form of choreography held in time. Her unique works, both for site specific environmental landscapes and theaters, combine magic illusions with circus artistry, kinetic puppetry, sculptural costuming, and choreography. Founder in 1993 of Looking Glass Productions and artistic director of Alice Farley Dance Theater in New York, her work has been recognized with the “Bessie Award,” numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cary Trust, Meet the Composer, the Jim Henson Foundation, and more. For over twenty-five years she has created and produced innovative dance theater at leading venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia, including: the Public Theater (with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Henry Threadgill) and La Mama Theater, New York; Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, and Andy Warhol Museum; New Music America Festival (with composer Peter Garland); Aruba International Dance Festival; Quebec Festival d’été; Toronto Harbor Front Festival; Singapore Arts; and elsewhere. She assisted in designing concepts and illusions for Cirque du Soliel in its initial years. She has collaborated with surrealist groups in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, and especially prizes her work and associations with poet Philip Lamantia, playwright and poet Radovan Ivsic, writer, poet and curator Annie Le Brun, and artist and writer Eugenio F. Granell. She is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, studying with Bella Lewitsky and Mia Slavenska, and with the Martha Graham and Jose Limon companies. She lives in New York and Isla Holbox, Mexico.