The 2012 Young Choreographer's Festival
Dance Spirit: What was your reaction when you learned you'd been accepted?
Alexis Convento: It was my last chance to apply because of the age constraints, so I really wanted it. I was excited that my company, Alexis Convento and Artists, would have the opportunity to perform alongside established choreographers. I also dance in the piece and getting to perform at Symphony Space will be awesome--it's such a beautiful place.
DS: Tell us about the piece you've choreographed.
AC: It's a female quartet called Wild Me. It's based on personal experiences my dancers and I have had, and there's a voice recording over the music of us reflecting on our experiences.
DS: Where do you find inspiration?
AC: I find it from my dancers and music. I stay inspired by changing up my choreography: If I make an easygoing, light piece, then the next one will be serious and dark. I try to continually expand my voice as a choreographer.
DS: What's your advice for aspiring choreographers?
AC: Be yourself. At the end of the day you're creating somthing that is you. Be creative--explore and learn more about who you are as an artist. We need new young voices in dance. It's our time.
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