Above: RoseAnne Spradin’s 2016 “X,” curated by Lar Lubovitch and commissioned by the Joyce Theater. 2018 cast: James Raney, Connor Voss and Asli Bulbul; APAP, New York Live Arts; photo: Nel Shelby
ROSEANNE SPRADLIN, New York City-based artist, explores body consciousness and aspects of form in her award-winning choreographic work. Spradlin was the 2017-18 Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts in New York City; the two-year residency, with lead support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provided a range of benefits including salary, rehearsal space and commissioning funds to create a new work in the 2018 season. Spradlin’s “Y” premiered at Live Arts in September 2018 with six performances and was performed as part of “Live Artery” during the APAP Conference in New York in January, 2019. In early 2018 RoseAnne also received a one-month creative residency at Baryshnikov Art Center, which helped support her initial rehearsal process in the creation of “Y”.
Spradlin was a 2014 winner of the US Artist Ford Fellowship in Dance; other awards and honors include three Fellowships in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography and the three-year Lambent Fellowship in Performing Arts. Spradlin also received the Artist Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and an Artist Grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Exploration Fund. Other honors include a 2003 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Choreography of under/world, multi-year funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, four New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD grants, three MAP Fund grants and five years of support from the Jerome Foundation. She has received two Composer Commissioning grants and a Project Grant from New Music USA.
Spradlin premiered ‘X’ at the Joyce Theater in New York City in September 2016. She previously premiered work at the Kitchen, the Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Studio 65, Dance Theater Workshop and New York Live Arts, all in New York City, and has shown her work in San Francisco, at the America Dance Festival (the Ark), in London at Chisenhale and at Schauspielhaus in Vienna. Spradlin has taught workshops at ImpulsTanz, at the TanzImAugust Festival in Berlin, Winlab and Chisenhale in London, SOMA in Paris, Contredanse in Brussels, on the island of Tinos in Greece and at the American Dance Festival.
For over twenty years, Spradlin was involved in running two different spaces in Lower Manhattan: SQUID Performance Space (1995-2005) and Studio 65 on West Broadway (1990-2011). Spradlin was a 2012-13 Artist-In-Residence with Movement Research and Brooklyn Arts Exchange and a 2014 Dance in Process artist with Gibney Dance Center.
In 2015 Spradlin was named the first Director of a two-year MFA in Choreography & Visual Arts program at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. The low-residency program was designed to bring Visual Artists and Choreographers together, giving attention to how an understanding of the body and its actions is central to an understanding of contemporary art. The inaugural MFA faculty included artists Dean Moss, Diana Puntar, Marlon Barrios Solano and scholar/curator Joshua Lubin-Levy; the second year faculty included choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi, sculptor Joe Winter, video artist/director James Scruggs and Lubin-Levy. Spradlin left the position as Director after the second summer intensive to refocus her creative work in New York City.