Begun as a project in the summer of 2019 during a residency at Perry Mansfield, RANGE explores the many iterations of personal proximity to others and how our sense of connection to people is at times fragile and tenuous. This was initially felt when Alex’s father passed away in the spring of 2019 after a long and at times arduous decline in health. Alex felt his graduating inability to connect with his ailing father illuminated that our connections with other people are fleeting and more ephemeral than he previously realized. Researched with a stellar cast of performers, RANGE is an initial step towards The Foundry’s more in depth project which will be researched in hospice centers throughout the country. An extension of the No Hero Trilogy, it will be a project curious about how our unifying act of dying wipes away cultural and geographic prejudice.
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?