Alex Ketley

Detailed History



Portal Commerical created with Owl Eye Media

Twisted 2 commission with Ballet Met, Symphony, & Opera

Resident choreographer, SF Conservatory of Dance

Stillard Mave commissioned by Salt Dance Company

Visiting Artist, Salt Dance Festival

Five Month Sabbatical (January - May)


Artistry Award, Superfest International Disability Film Festival

Deep South premieres at the Historic Asolo Theater

MANCC Choreographic Fellow

The Gift of Impermanence screened internationally

New work for AXIS in collaboration with Bobbi Jene Smith & Maurya Kerr

Poem in Seattle and premiered at SF International Arts Festival

10 Year Anniversary, Resident Choreographer, SF Conservatory of Dance

New Dialect commission and collaboration with The Foundry

Dance and Disability class taught at Stanford University

Company in Residence - UT Austin

Kenneth Rainin Foundation New and Experimental Works Grant


Deep South Research Project with Miguel Gutierrez

The Gift of Impermanence film premiere - AXIS Dance Company

Premiere of Swan Lake: Recalibrated for Stanford University

Artist in Residence - Vermont Performance Lab

Company Residency - Perry Mansfield School of Theater & Dance

No Hero Tour - Historic Asolo Theater, Florida

SF Conservatory of Dance - Resident Choreographer New Work

Fellow - Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography


Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Co-Commission Award

Lecturer - Stanford University Dept. of Theater and Performance

Visiting Professor & Artist (Spring) - Florida State University

Isadora Duncan Award Nomination For: Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design for No Hero

Isadora Duncan Award Winner For: Outstanding Achievement in Performance - Company for Low Down

The Span commissioned by California StateUniversity Long Beach

The Foundry’s No Hero - National Tour

Ballet X performs Alex Ketley’s work Silt at the Joyce in NYC

Dance film for AXIS Dance Company

Commission for Spellbound Ensemble, Rome, Italy


Isadora Duncan Award - Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

Isadora Duncan Award - Outstanding Performance by a Company

C.H.I.M.E Mentor Fellowship Award

NYU Tisch School of Dance New Work Commission

The Foundry researches and premieres No Hero

The Foundry creates Low Down in Collaboration with Levydance

Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Media Fellowship


Recipient of the National Eben Demarest Trust Fund Award

The Juilliard School - New Work Commission and Visiting Artist

Intershop commission from Ballet Leipzig, Germany

AXIS Dance Company duet presented on “So You Think You Can Dance”

Recipient of Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Grant

Rarities and Oddities Commission from BNC, Colorado

No Hero Foundry Project Begins

Visiting Artist - University of Texas at Austin


World Premiere Please Love Me at Headlands Center for The Arts


Recipient of the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreography Commission Award

Fellow - Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

Best Ensemble Performance - Isadora Duncan Award

Silt commissioned by Ballet X, Philadelphia, PA

Raushen 13 commissioned by BodyTraffic, Los Angeles, CA

Kill the Anthem commissioned by BNC, Colorado, CO

C.H.I.M.E. Mentor Fellowship Award


Award - BNC 21st Century National Choreography Competition

Monument - commissioned by ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA

For You - commissioned by Groundworks Dance, Cleveland, OH

Vessel - commissioned by AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA

If Ever (and Ocean) Relinquished - Dance Works Chicago, IL

Duo commissioned by ARC Dance, Seattle, WA

This Act of Three Collisions - commissioned by BNC Colorado

To Color me Different for AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA

Guest Choreographer, SCC Dance Department, Scottsdale, AZ


Recipient C.H.I.M.E. Fellowship

ICARUS / RISE commissioned by The Translation Project, CA

Imprint created with The Foundry, San Francisco, CA

Drift - commissioned by Ballet Met, Columbus, OH

Guest Choreographer - AXIS Dance Company Residency, FL

Artist in Residence - Ucross Foundation, Sheridan, WY

Kyrie - commissioned by Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

The Cypher Construct for San Francisco State University, CA

Artist in Residence - Headlands Center for the Arts


Recipient of an Irvine: Creation to Performance Grant

Lost Line Video and Performance World Premiere

The Marking of Apology - commissioned by Robert Moses KIN, CA

Careless for West Wave Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA

Resident Choreographer - San Francisco Conservatory of Dance


Inaugural Princess Grace Award For Choreography, New York, NY

National Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography

Second Memory - commissioned by Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL

Recipient of a Creative Work Fund Grant, San Francisco, CA

Syntax created in collaboration with poet Carol Snow

The Wish for Even Ground, North Carolina School for the Arts, NC

Artist in Residence - Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan


Award, Choreographic Competition Festival Saint-Sauveur, Canada

Recipient Irvine: Creation to Performance Grant, San Francisco, CA

Guest Choreographer, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Artist in Residence, Santa Fe Art Institute, NM

Mondriaan for Hubbard Street 2, Chicago, IL

Joygame Intro - Moving Pictures Festival, Toronto, Canada


25 to Watch - The Foundry, Dance Magazine

Fragments Repeat Forever Commissioned by Hubbard Street 2, IL

The Fleshing Memory with The Foundry

Within Once with The Foundry

Company in Residence, The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Anticipate Loss commissioned by LINES Ballet School


Kid Thunder for The Foundry, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA

San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Dance Events of the Year

Wattis Artist in Residence, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA


Capacity From Shallowness for The Foundry, San Francisco, CA

Trace Fulfillment - commissioned by Hubbard Street 2, IL

Winner - Hubbard Street 2 National Choreography Competition, IL

San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Dance Events of the Year

Artist in Residence - Headlands Center for the Arts


Sea Green and Blue Already Rising for Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet

Tar@JMB - Marin Civic Center Arts Festival, CA

Guest Dancer and Choreographer, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, CA


PaintParkTalk for the Foundry, Yerba Buena Garden, CA

Current Form for the Foundry, Dancers’ Group Theater, CA


Co-Created The Foundry with Christian Burns

Salt Flat Pieces Video and Performance, for The Foundry, CA


Company member - San Francisco Ballet