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Alice Klock | photo © Todd Rosenberg Photography Alice Klock | photo © Todd Rosenberg Photography

Artist Feature: Alice Klock

Alice Klock began dancing at the age of eleven. 2003-’07 she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to attend the Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet BFA program. In 2009 she was hired into Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s second company and in 2011 she was promoted into the main company. Alice has scattered formal visual art training, but attributes most of her visual art skill to informal studies with two of her favorite artists, her Father and Grandfather.

I start each piece with a wild layer. Sometimes this is paint, sometimes it is words, sometimes simple shapes. Regardless, this beginning, with no notions of end product, is important to me. I just spend some quality time being honest and open with the paper, then I take a step back, and approach again. This time to translate, to render out what presents itself in the midst of that mess. I like to compare this to looking at clouds and sharing what you see. It’s a very self-indulgent way of making art, and I find that, though it all comes from a rather personnel and intuitive place, I am often surprised by what shows up on the paper. I love this aspect of creating, the fact that it is so mysterious and exciting, even to the creator. Being a visual artist only ever compliments and supports my life as a dancer. I find the two worlds very, very different, but they certainly illuminate and inspire each other.

This is part of our ongoing Artist Features series, showcasing artwork in various visual and design mediums, made by dancers. Check back often to discover the diverse expressions of the movers you love.

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Post by Kenna Tuski

Kenna Tuski, a Portland Maine native, graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with honors in the spring of 2013. Kenna was given the opportunity to study abroad at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan in her Junior year at Purchase. In 2013–2014 Kenna worked with pop singer Betty Who as her personal assistant and tour manager. Kenna danced with Nimbus Dance Works and was assistant coordinator of their 2013 Nutcracker Production. She has toured nationally and internationally with Shen Wei Dance Arts and in 2014 became a performer in Punch Drunk’s Sleep No More.

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