Known for his riveting stage presence, Victor Alexander mixes formidable technique, gained in the rigorous training ground of Cuban Dance Academies, with facility at theatrical interpretation. Spare, yet forceful, Alexander's dance has been likened to a bass in a musical quartet that adds a rhythmic and melodic foundation to dance compositions.
A native to Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Victor Alexander was trained at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in Havana, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Modern and Cuban Folkloric dance. As a student, Alexander's exceptional talents were recognized in 1992 when he won first place for dance in the Fourth National Union of Writers and Artists in Havana. After graduation, Alexander went on to be a principal dancer for the prominent Contemporanea de Cuba from 1992 to 2002 where both his technical knowhow and expressive dance style gained national prominence.
Since relocating from Cuba to Chicago in 2002, Alexander has danced with Hedwig Dances under the direction of Jan Bartoszek. Victor has also danced with Concert Dance Inc., Lyric Opera of Chicago, as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Luna Negra Dance Theater.
Victor Alexander has studied with distinguished teachers such as Donald McKayle, Chuck Davis, and Jeffery Bullock and has toured throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. He has participated in performances at venues such as: Joyce SoHo, NYC; Spring to Dance, St. Louis, MO; American Dance Festival at Duke University, NC; African Dance Workshop with Chuck Davis in Cuba; Holland Dance Festival, Amsterdam; Caribbean Dance Festival, Martinique; International Dance Festival, NRW, Germany; Nervi International Ballet Festival, Germany; and Sintra Dance Festival, Portugal.
DURING THE CDF YEAR
Victor Alexander Ramirez will continue a multi-disciplinary collaboration with artist/weaver Deborah Voloma. Longing will integrate the conceptual, spatial, rhythmic, and sensual dynamics of weaving and dance using a loom of white cords. Longing purposefully triangulates weaving, rhythm, and bodies in motion, triggering a charged zone of corporeality, where the hierarchy of mind over body in Western philosophy is resisted and inverted.
In 2007, Alexander danced in the documentary Billy Sunday, a film nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. He was also featured in the film Arch of Repose, produced by Hedwig Dances in 2009 and most recently in the film Longing, a collaborative project with artist Deborah Valoma.
Alexander has extensive teaching experience that ranges from master classes to outreach programs in public schools. He has taught at Hedwig Dances, Chicago, IL; Faubourg School of Ballet, Chicago, IL; School of Dance West Ballet, Naperville, IL; Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO; Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Milwaukee Ballet School, Milwaukee, WI; Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL; Luna Negra Dance Theater, Chicago, IL. Nanjing Normal University, China; Salt Creek Ballet School, Chicago, IL; Harper College, Chicago, IL; and the American Dance Festival, Duke University, NC. Of particular importance to Alexander is teaching in outreach programs which bring dance to youth, including Dance Art and the Elementary Dance Scholarship Program in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Victor Alexander's choreography includes: Half Empty (2011), presented by Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee, WI; Estas Ahi..., (2011), performed at Northeastern University, Boston, MO; Ritmos Cubanos, (2011), performed at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Cruzadas, (2010), performed by Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee, WI; The Other Half, (2006), performed by Momenta Dance Company, Oak Park, IL; Obsession, (2004), performed by Hedwig Dances, Chicago, IL; and Never Late, (2003), performed by Hedwig Dances, Chicago, IL.
Longing will build an arena where the smallest gestures are magnified and prolonged so that we can experience the unseen strings of connection that tie us to people and place.