Independent Project, Commission

The Radiant Ocean
(of proud vanishing beauty)


Created by Alex Ketley

commissioned by 
The Juilliard School

TAR@JMB & Bach

Costume Department

Premiered February 2014

Alex Ketley spent a fall creating a new work for the advanced students at the Juilliard School. In certain ways while building the piece he was trying to push against what he saw as a prevalence in the contemporary dance world towards sensationalism and spectacle. He had long worked with movement systems that require an incredible attention to detail because of their subtileness, and he applied some of these ways of working to this work. As with many of the pieces he has created in academic settings his priority was to make a work where all the dancers danced often as a vehicle for them to learn by performing new and at times uncomfortable material.