Dancer Julie Alexander to perform Feb. 1

2010-11 Marcus Artist to present excerpts from Yasuko Yokoshi’s Tyler Tyler

Julie Alexander, the 2010-11 Marcus Artist in Dance, in rehearsal for Yasuko Yokoshi’s Tyler Tyler. Photo by Ana Busto.

Washington University alumnus Julie Alexander will return to campus as the 2010-11 Marcus Artist in the Dance Program in the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences.

Alexander will be in residence Jan. 31-Feb. 2 to conduct a series of master classes with intermediate and upper-level dance students. In addition, she will present an informal performance, titled “Weaving Traditional Japanese Dance and American Postmodern Dance,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

The performance will feature excerpts from Tyler Tyler, a recent work conceived and directed by acclaimed choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi, which Alexander recently finished touring. The piece, which debuted last March at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York, combines traditional Japanese and contemporary Western styles of dance.

Alexander and fellow dancer Kayvon Pourazar collaborated with Yokoshi to choreograph contemporary dance sections for Tyler Tyler. Traditional Japanese sections were choreographed by Masumi Seyama VI, a master teacher of Kabuki Su-Odori — a spare, stripped-down form of Kabuki performed in ordinary dress.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Annelise Mertz Dance Studio, Room 207, Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. For more information, call (314) 935-5858.

A Houston native now based in New York, Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in modern dance from Washington University in 2002. In addition to her work with Yokoshi, Alexander has performed with contemporary choreographers Beth Gill, Miguel Gutierrez, Trajal Harrell, Donna Uchizono and Antonietta Vicario, among others. She currently is dancing with Anna Sperber, who will premiere a new work at The Kitchen in New York in October 2011. Alexander’s own choreography has been presented by Dixon Place and AUNTS in New York.

The Marcus Residency is funded by a gift to the Performing Arts Department by the late Morris D. Marcus, MD, a dermatologist and professor emeritus of Washington University School of Medicine. Marcus established the annual residency in memory of his wife, Margaret, who was a dancer, teacher and choreographer.


WHO: Julie Alexander, the 2010-11 Marcus Artist in the Dance Program in Washington University’s Performing Arts Department

WHAT: Informal performance, “Weaving Traditional Japanese Dance and American Postmodern Dance”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

WHERE: Annelise Mertz Dance Studio, Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.

COST: Free and open to the public.

INFORMATION: (314) 935-5858

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