Alanna is developing a body of solo work and collaborating with inspiring artists through curated performances, educational programs and community engagement.
"Yam, Potatoe an Fish!" is a multi-media performance art project and solo dance exploring ideas of home and cultural loss amidst my family's stories of migration from the Caribbean to the US.
This work has been developed during a Creative Residency with Art On Purpose (dir. Jamie Philbert) in Arima, Trinidad; under a residency with the Brooklyn Ballet School (dir. Mary Ellen Beaudreau) and Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn; and Tofte Lake Center’s Emerging Artist Program (Ely, MN), with support from the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad; The Jerome Foundation and via financial support from individual donors.
OffSet Dance Fest
Jan 3 - 5, 2019
Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schmerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY
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The SPCO's Liquid Music Series
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series commissions Minneapolis-based Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy, celebrated for her ability to “[weave] together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine” (New York Times), composer/DJ/author and “pan-global, post-everything superhero” (Wire), Jace Clayton (Dj Rupture) and Twin Cities Dancer/Choreographer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions), who “embodies the power of dance to create deep and lasting connections where words cannot” (Dance Magazine, “25 to Watch”).
Using the mythography of crows as a framework to explore memory as a source of guidance and dislocation, the work layers Ramaswamy’s visceral interpretation of ancestry, ritual, and tradition with a profound evolution of movement and music across cultural and corporeal boundaries.
Catharsis: Shift, Overcome, Rise (an excerpt of the evening length The Assimilation of My Tongue)
2017 AMVTP solo commission
Choreography Jamie Philbert (Art On Purpose, Trinidad)
Catharsis is the journey of a young woman's pain turned empowerment, her release of emotion, inner constrains and fears, and her healing transformation. Told through text, movement, and voice, this work is best exemplified in Nayyirah Waheed's words, "feel it. the thing you don’t want to feel. feel it. and be free."
Premieres in 2019
Morgan Thorson with collaborators and Alan Sparhawk (LOW)
Walker Art Center Commission
Dec 6 - 8, 2018
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
“Complete possession of the dancer by the dance is a rare sight, but it is one that can make watching a [Thorson] performance a near-transcendent experience for the audience too.”
—New York Times
In Heaven (2009), choreographic mix-master Morgan Thorson and the sublime slowcore music of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (LOW) drew audiences into a meditation on the ambiguities of perfection. In this new commission, Thorson returns with Sparhawk and a brain trust of collaborators for an intervention on Western dance culture. Resuscitating power as tenderness, Public Love embraces reciprocal touch as an intimate alternative to might and control. Co-created with dance artists Jessica Cressey, Non Edwards, Allie Hankins, Sam Johnson, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, and Valerie Oliveiro, the work explores consent, action, agency, and connection as a balm for our divisive times.