alexander dones

is creating DANCE STUFF (performance | choreography | education & outreach)

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alexander dones   |   2018 artist statement

"With a specialty in dance performance, choreography, and education, I live, work, and travel as a freelance artist, connecting with local arts communities & contributing to persons and organizations in need."


I believe that dance and all forms of artistic expression & exploration hold a sacred, irreplaceable value and worth within our existence as human beings, and as a self-identified artist it is my responsibility & humble duty to advocate for artists and our contributions to society. Through dance and the arts we are able to transcend communication barriers and connect on a deeply emotional level, allowing us to share and exchange cultural ideas & information. Through dance and the arts, we can create a self-sustaining, positive sum lifestyle through which all needs are mutually met without the loss or negation of any party either directly or indirectly involved. Living our lives in this manner - with compassion, altruism, and creative open-mindedness - can greatly impact the rest of our communities and the world at large with a positive, productive force of change. Through creative opportunities afforded through dance performance, choreography, and education & outreach I seek to utilize my passion and skills to connect with individuals and communities around the world to share these ideals and perpetuate a lifestyle of kind servitude, beneficial collaboration, and acceptance of others.
Through my choreographic explorations I am interested in investigating what it means to be alive (and not). Though varied in execution & context, my work centers around the ideas of impermanence, collective consciousness, and the exploration of what I consider to be four universal questions that all people hold in the very depths of themselves:
• Where did we come from?
• Where are we now?
• Where are we going?
• What does it all mean (if anything at all)?
Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, quantum theory, and“rabbit hole occultism” among other things, I aim to create works that address this lifelong quest of wonder and curiosity by using my own life experiences as subtext and framing them with wit, honesty, and the willingness to jump into the void. This profound sense of the unknown that awaits all of us drives me to share work that is thought-provoking, entertaining, and cathartics.
Through my outreach workshops I inspire participants to allow themselves to achieve a higher level of existence within themselves using the transformative properties that are inherit in dance. Outreach workshops focus on four key components - theme (non-physical idea or impetus), variation (physical modality used to explore the theme), mantra (vocalization & verbiage), and the health benefits of engaging with others in a safe, supportive environment. I work with individuals & groups of all ages/levels/styles/abilities to release unhealthy habits and enable better choices that continuously push us to be better versions of ourselves. These workshops act as a model for communal engagement, and participants walk away with a fresh, positive perspective and tools for use within their own artistic practices as well as their everyday lives.


AlexanderDones.com
Tiers
PART OF THE SHIP, PART OF THE CREW
$10 or more per creation
Contributing $10 goes towards various crew necessities including but not limited to: first aid supplies, coconut waters, research materials, festival/producer fees, etc.

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.
REHEARSAL RATES
$25 or more per creation
Contributing $25 goes towards the starting hourly compensation rate for hired artists (in a perfect world I would be able to pay every artist what is truly owed to them - all projects are currently 100% out of my own pocket)

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.
PERFORMANCE PAYMENT
$100 or more per creation
Contributing $100 goes towards the starting performance compensation rate for hired artists (in a perfect world I would be able to pay every artist what is truly owed to them - all projects are currently 100% out of my own pocket)

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed shirt AND button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.

TRAVEL AGENT
$300 or more per creation
Contributing $300 goes toward travel expenses including airfare, housing, ground transportation, per diem, and other travel-related expenses & fees

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed shirt AND button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.
PRODUCER
$1,000 or more per creation
Contributing $1,000 goes towards current projects, new works, and community engagement events. Producers are invited to attend rehearsals & artist meetings and will receive perks including complimentary tickets, special acknowledgements, and creative input, and the chance to get to know the artists involved.

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed shirt AND button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.
alexander dones   |   2018 artist statement

"With a specialty in dance performance, choreography, and education, I live, work, and travel as a freelance artist, connecting with local arts communities & contributing to persons and organizations in need."


I believe that dance and all forms of artistic expression & exploration hold a sacred, irreplaceable value and worth within our existence as human beings, and as a self-identified artist it is my responsibility & humble duty to advocate for artists and our contributions to society. Through dance and the arts we are able to transcend communication barriers and connect on a deeply emotional level, allowing us to share and exchange cultural ideas & information. Through dance and the arts, we can create a self-sustaining, positive sum lifestyle through which all needs are mutually met without the loss or negation of any party either directly or indirectly involved. Living our lives in this manner - with compassion, altruism, and creative open-mindedness - can greatly impact the rest of our communities and the world at large with a positive, productive force of change. Through creative opportunities afforded through dance performance, choreography, and education & outreach I seek to utilize my passion and skills to connect with individuals and communities around the world to share these ideals and perpetuate a lifestyle of kind servitude, beneficial collaboration, and acceptance of others.
Through my choreographic explorations I am interested in investigating what it means to be alive (and not). Though varied in execution & context, my work centers around the ideas of impermanence, collective consciousness, and the exploration of what I consider to be four universal questions that all people hold in the very depths of themselves:
• Where did we come from?
• Where are we now?
• Where are we going?
• What does it all mean (if anything at all)?
Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, quantum theory, and“rabbit hole occultism” among other things, I aim to create works that address this lifelong quest of wonder and curiosity by using my own life experiences as subtext and framing them with wit, honesty, and the willingness to jump into the void. This profound sense of the unknown that awaits all of us drives me to share work that is thought-provoking, entertaining, and cathartics.
Through my outreach workshops I inspire participants to allow themselves to achieve a higher level of existence within themselves using the transformative properties that are inherit in dance. Outreach workshops focus on four key components - theme (non-physical idea or impetus), variation (physical modality used to explore the theme), mantra (vocalization & verbiage), and the health benefits of engaging with others in a safe, supportive environment. I work with individuals & groups of all ages/levels/styles/abilities to release unhealthy habits and enable better choices that continuously push us to be better versions of ourselves. These workshops act as a model for communal engagement, and participants walk away with a fresh, positive perspective and tools for use within their own artistic practices as well as their everyday lives.


AlexanderDones.com

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Tiers
PART OF THE SHIP, PART OF THE CREW
$10 or more per creation
Contributing $10 goes towards various crew necessities including but not limited to: first aid supplies, coconut waters, research materials, festival/producer fees, etc.

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.
REHEARSAL RATES
$25 or more per creation
Contributing $25 goes towards the starting hourly compensation rate for hired artists (in a perfect world I would be able to pay every artist what is truly owed to them - all projects are currently 100% out of my own pocket)

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.
PERFORMANCE PAYMENT
$100 or more per creation
Contributing $100 goes towards the starting performance compensation rate for hired artists (in a perfect world I would be able to pay every artist what is truly owed to them - all projects are currently 100% out of my own pocket)

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed shirt AND button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.

TRAVEL AGENT
$300 or more per creation
Contributing $300 goes toward travel expenses including airfare, housing, ground transportation, per diem, and other travel-related expenses & fees

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed shirt AND button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.
PRODUCER
$1,000 or more per creation
Contributing $1,000 goes towards current projects, new works, and community engagement events. Producers are invited to attend rehearsals & artist meetings and will receive perks including complimentary tickets, special acknowledgements, and creative input, and the chance to get to know the artists involved.

**donating at this tier automatically grants crew status & comes with a specially designed shirt AND button and/or sticker, a personalized thank you note, and your name listed on my website as part of the crew.