Author: alessandratorres

22 Jul 2011

“EXPOSED” Review & Images of “Personal Space, Experiment #1”

“EXPOSED” was reviewed by the delightful Doreen Bolger, former Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art, in the Charm City Current!

Here are some images of my newest performance, entitled “Personal Space, Experiment #1”, that took place at the opening of “Exposed”:


14 Jun 2011

The Patterson Residency at The Creative Alliance!!!

I’m thrilled to have been selected as one of eight artists-in-residence at The Patterson Residency at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore Maryland! I’ve already picked up my keys, signed the lease, built a new floor in the loft, (with lots of help from Don Antonio & Dylan Koehler), and have begun moving in.

Please stay tuned for an invitation to my upcoming Rollerskating Housewarming Party!!!

Here are some pre-new-upstairs-floor photos:

28 Feb 2011

MICA’S sending me to China!

I leave Sunday, March 6th for a two-week international recruitment trip to China! I’ll attend IDP College Fairs in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. And there is a side-trip scheduled to see the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. There will be a huge celebration and possibly a tea ceremony upon my return on March 22nd.

06 Aug 2010

Profesora Alessandra Torres

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been invited to teach not 1, not 2, but 3!!! courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art this coming Fall 2010. They include an Intro to Sculpture Course and two sections of Junior Seminar.

06 Jul 2010

The Prague Summer Theatre Program

June 13 – July 4, 2010

Last summer I was accepted into The Prague Summer Theater School, a three-week theater program, directed by Alexander Komlosi, and hosted by DAMU and AMU in Prague, Czech Republic. I participated in both sections of the program: Enlivening the Performer and Presenting Performance. Each section was composed of three courses:

Enlivening the Performer : (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (Instructors: Ivan Vyskocil, Alexander Komlosi and Howard Lotker), Contact Improvisation (Instructor: Monika Rebcova), and Non-Verbal Performance (Instructor: Nina Hlava).

Presenting Perfomance: Puppet and Object Theater (taught by Marek Becka), Solo Authorial Presentations (Instructor: Alexander Komlosi) Outside the Box (Instructor: Howard Lotker)

I chose to participate in the Prague Summer Theater School because of the performative nature of my artwork, and because I am in the process of creating a large-scale theatrical production that would weave my jointed figures, sculptures, installations, and performances into a larger story – one that I envision taking place on a stage. I had been craving the opportunity to further experiment with movement, storytelling, object manipulation, and audience participation and The Prague Summer Theatre School presented the perfect opportunity for me to enter into the world of puppetry and theatre, continue to develop my production, and make connections with others in the field. All in the birthplace of Puppetry and Stop Motion Animation!

The PSTS exceeded all of my expectations. I was one of only about 13 amazing students from all over the world, and we are all still close friends! I loved all of the instructors, each gave us their all. They shared a wealth of knowledge, gave us full access to the facilities and made us all feel very comfortable. I really feel it was essential to take both sections of the program, as putting together an original production requires an understanding of all of these areas.

We studied the body compositionally in space; movement of body in space; how to convey meaning/feelings/emotions with the body & movement; how to build a story and engage the audience; and how to Interact with our Inner Partner. (A class that turned out to be one of the hardest, most fun and possibly my favorite)

When I was not in class, I spent lots of time drinking champagne & cappuccinos, and eating chocolate cake at Café Louvre and pastries at Jan Paukert bakery. And I went to lots of shows! My favorite was “Yesterday” by Jasmin Vardimon Company at the Karlin Theater (across the street from my apartment) as part of “Tanec Praha 2010.” I also really enjoyed performances at The Ponec Theater by Dora Hostova, Tore; Company Decalage, Appel; Jarek Cemerek, Void Amongst Humans; La Macana. And I loved the Mucha Museum.

Please feel free to contact me if you are considering applying to the PSTS, I would be happy to share more information about my experience there.