RoseAnne Spradlin is a New York City-based artist whose work explores body consciousness, eros of the individual dancer and innovation of structural form in contemporary choreography. Spradlin's work has been recognized with numerous awards; most recently she was named the winner of a 2014 US Artist Ford Fellowship in Dance. Other awards and honors include Fellowships in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011, 2006 and 1998, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in 2007, the three-year Lambent Fellowship in Performing Arts in 2006-2008, the Artist Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and an Artist Grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Exploration Fund in 2009. She won a 2003 New York Dance and Performance BESSIE Award for Choreography for under/world (the production won a total of five BESSIES), and has received 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 among others. She received a Composer Commissioning grant in 2013 and a 2014 Project Grant from New Music USA.
Spradlin's newest work, 'X', premiered at the Joyce Theater in New York City in September 2016. In the last decade she has premiered work at the Kitchen, the Chocolate Factory, Studio 65, Dance Theater Workshop and New York Live Arts, all in New York City, and has previously shown her work in San Francisco, at the America Dance Festival, in London at Chisenhale and at the ImPulsTanz Festival 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 are 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 and video artist/director James Scruggs. Spradlin left the position as Director after the second summer intensive to refocus her work in New York City.
banner photo: Paige Martin and Cedric Andrieux in Survive Cycle, New York Live Arts, 2006 (photo: NYLA)