RoseAnne Spradlin’s choreographic work suggests a shifting experience of the body, one where unexpected impulse interweaves almost haphazardly with more subtle expressions of intent. Working without a fixed vocabulary in the creation of a new work, Spradlin’s process proposes a phenomenology of actions and gestures, as layers of expression seem to unspool almost spontaneously from the body/mind of the performer onstage.
Spradlin has devoted herself to the development of the individual artists who have worked with her; three former dancers won Bessie Awards for their performances in Spradlin’s 2003 work, under/world; a fourth dancer was nominated for a Bessie for her performance in the quartet beginning of something in 2011. Spradlin’s 2016 production X, in part a work of prolonged repetition, was named one of the outstanding dance productions of the year by the New York Times.
Spradlin has shown her work in many experimental venues in New York City and in London, Vienna and the west coast of the U.S. She has taught in festivals and programs in Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris, Brussels and in Tinos, Greece. Spradlin received a BESSIE award for her choreography in 2003 and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008. She received the three-year Lambent Fellowship 2006-2008 and an Artist Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007. Spradlin was awarded the U.S. Artist Ford Fellowship in Dance in 2015 and in 2017 was named the Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, a two-year residency position, with an opportunity to mount a major new production in 2018.
Spradlin, originally from Oklahoma, received a BFA in Dance and an MFA in Visual Art from Ohio University; she moved to New York in 1983. In 2015 Spradlin was named the first Director of a dual degree MFA Program in Choreography and Visual Arts at Wilson College in PA. After developing the curriculum, recruiting students, hiring faculty and teaching in the program’s summer sessions in 2015 and 2016, Spradlin left the position in Fall 2016 to return her full attention to artistic work. RoseAnne lives in Manhattan’s West Village.