Alex Ketley has performed the work of William Forsythe, James Kudelka, and George Balanchine throughout the world, is a former member of the San Francisco Ballet, and in 1998 he co-founded The Foundry in order to explore his deepening interests in choreography, improvisation, collaboration, and mixed media projects.
This week he is joining our Choreographer's LAB, where he'll be creating a new site-specific work on our company members. The new piece will then be performed on August 15 during our Season Two launch party downtown. During his visit, he'll also be conducting a series of Master Classes at Houston Station from August 10 - 14.
Alex trained with the Royal Danish Ballet, School of American Ballet, and the Washington Ballet. He joined San Francisco Ballet in 1994, where he performed repertory including William Forsythe, James Kudelka, and George Balanchine.
In 1998, he co-founded The Foundry and in addition to his initial years directing The Foundry, Alex worked for Alonzo King's LINES Ballet as both a dancer and choreographer from 2000-2002.
He has created work for residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), The Yard (MA), ODC Theater (CA), the Santa Fe Art Institute (NM), the Ucross Foundation (WY), and the Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan). Alex has been commissioned by AXIS, Ballet Met, Ballet X, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Florida State University, North Carolina School for the Arts, Robert Moses, San Francisco State University, and Stanford University.
His work has won numerous choreographic awards, including Hubbard Street 2 National Choreography Competition, Princess Grace Award for Choreography, Isadora Duncan Award, Top Ten Bay Area Dance Performances of 2008 by both Voice of Dance and the San Francisco Chronicle, 2nd Place in the BNC 21st Century National Choreography Competition and the National Choo-San Goh Award.