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; residencies with the Brooklyn Ballet School (dir. Mary Ellen Beaudreau); Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn; and Tofte Lake Center (Ely, MN), funded by the Jerome Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad; Movement Research at Judson Church; and individual donors.
OffSet Dance Fest
Jan 3 - 5, 2019
(Alanna’s performances are Thurs 1/3 @ 9 pm / Fri 1/4 @ 10 am and 7 pm / Sat 1/5 @ 4 pm)
Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schmerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY
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