The Foundry


(World Premiere)

Fri. May 22 9:30pm
Sat. May 23 7:00pm
Sun. May 24 6:30pm
Cowell Theater
Tickets: $20-$25 General Admission

Shared Program with tinypistol

Please note "beast" by tinypistol contains sexually mature themes, explicit language and nudity and is not appropriate for children.

Presented by The Foundry (duration 90 minutes)


These performances of Poem are made possible in part through the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.


The Foundry presents Poem, a new work exploring a variety of creative ideas choreographer and director Alex Ketley has pursued in the past couple of years. These choreographic studies stem from time spent with the company in the studio as well as information gathered during the companies various projects traveling and exploring what dance means to people throughout rural parts of the United States, as done through the company’s No Hero series. Poem is episodic, and looks at a number of different ways that movement can achieve a sense of visual traction.

The Foundry was created in 1998 and has created an extensive array of performance and video pieces that have received wide spread recognition. The work is informed by a background in classical and contemporary ballet combined with a deep interest in the fine arts, improvisation, and collaborative process. The works range from pure movement pieces, to works that research far ranging processes like how the application of environment affects the generation of movement, or what dance means to people throughout rural America. The company is directed by nationally recognized choreographer Alex Ketley.


Alex Ketley

Alex Ketley is a nationally recognized choreographer and the director of The Foundry. His work has received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the National Choo-San Goh Award, the inaugural Princess Grace Award for Choreography, the BNC National Choreographic Competition, three CHIME Awards, the National Eden Demarest Award, a Gerbode-Hewlett Commissioning Award, and three Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Fellowships as well as a MANCC Media Fellowship. His pieces and collaboration have also received the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in the categories of Choreography, Company Performance, and Ensemble Performance.

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