Deep South was the final work in the No Hero Project trilogy exploring what dance and performance means to the lives of people in rural parts of the United States. These projects were born out of a desire to understand what this type of work means when it is removed from its typical development and performance environments, most namely art-centric urban centers. It also reflected Alex’s ongoing interest and research in who is represented and excluded from fine art performance. An ongoing process to give voice to people and communities underrepresented.
No Hero was a study on our country and all its tremendous diversity, beauty, confusion, and stratification economically and socially. With a curiosity of what it means to be a dancer, choreographer, and artist in this culture, Ketley felt he could no longer only create dance in the hidden confines of a dance studio. This led him to explore what it means to make work and challenge himself by traveling extensively throughout rural America and creating dance in the shopping malls, mountains, hotel lobbies, cities, peoples homes, rural towns, etc. The piece asked in a much broader sense what is connection through art to the everyday lives of Americans?