I create multimedia works that articulate complexity in rhythm, emotion and memory and are grounded in a hybrid of movement forms including contemporary modern dance and dances of the African diaspora. My creative process is anchored in exploring questions around history, identity and geography. Who writes history and how do we access alternative memory to rectify historical traumas? How do we resist and defy attempts at erasure of marginalized bodies and their histories? How do we interrogate and disrupt whiteness? My inquiry is grounded in an embodied practice that seeks answers within bodily knowledge, collective memory and historical study.
I am committed to creating work in and with my community that is rooted in social justice, born out of resilience and made in spite of the obstacles facing artists (and people) of color. I create spaces where the imaginary “we” from the questions I have posed is transformed into an actual “we” as a tool of activism.
Photo by Whitney Browne
Alethea Pace is a Bronx-based choreographer and performer. Her first solo performance work, trying to sweep back the ocean with a broom, was created with support from Pepatian’s Open Call Residency and was performed at BAAD! (2016) and New York Live Arts (2017). Her second evening-length work, Bring Me Flowers, was developed with support from residencies including New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks, Dancing While Black, 92Y Harkness Dance and premiered at Pregones Theater in 2018.
As a dancer, Alethea has performed with a variety of choreographers and was a member of Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre for eight years. She collaborated on numerous multimedia community-centered arts works including Angela’s Pulse and the Laundromat Project. She was awarded the BRIO award and CUNY Dance Initiative in 2019 and is currently BAAD!’s Muse Artist in Residence.
Alethea trained at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx. She has a BA in Urban Design from NYU where she completed her thesis project on the history of Bronx housing. She is currently enrolled in the City College of New York’s Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice MFA program.
Bring me flowers (2018)
An offering to the Bronx, a glimpse into the memories that fill the absence of a place faced with forgetting, erasure, transformation and possibility. An invitation to reclaim space and re-empower community.
Created with support from Dancing While Black, New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Residency, New Dance Alliance Satellite Residency and Pregones/PRTT Step Up Residency.
Being is what I have been (2017)
A site specific exploration of the power dynamics of visibility and invisibility using the language of photography. A live stream camera positioned on the side wall captured video that was projected inside, giving the audience multiple vantages points.
Created for the opening of the En Foco Nueva Luz fellowship.
trying to sweep back the ocean with a broom (2016)
An investigation of racial ambiguity and crossing the color line through the lens of the Rhinelander case of 1925, in which a mixed race woman was accused of defrauding her white husband by passing as a white woman. Text by Urayoán Noel.
Created with support from the Open Call Residency, a collaboration between Pepatián and BAAD!.