For those who love dance – and those who don’t know it yet!
In addition to mainstage performances, The Z offers several opportunities to experience dance beyond the stage each season, including our signature free events, Dance Barre.
Ali Kenner Brodsky makes gesturally rich and emotionally driven dance-theater works and dance films that ask the viewer to indulge in a world of reflection, remembering, and connection. Ali was recently accepted into NEFA’S Regional Dance Development Initiative and was a 2019 artist-in-residence (Croft: Ground for Art), 2018/19 Catalysts artist (Dance Complex), 2016 Emerging Choreographer in Residence (Bates Dance Festival), 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship, and a 2003/04 artist-in-residence at Joyce SoHo. She has received support from NEFA’s New England States Touring and Dance Fund and from the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County.
With David Henry, Lila Hurwitz and Andy Russ, Ali co-founded Motion State Arts, which presents innovative dance-films and live performances from local, national, and international artists. She is on the Board of New England Presenters, which provides leadership and support for the presentation/development of the NE performing arts. Ali is part of the adjunct dance faculty at Roger Williams University in addition to her advisorship with The Z. Ali has designed award-winning choreography for The Wilbury Theater Group (Providence) and worked as a rehearsal director/dancer with the national touring company Lostwax Multimedia Dance (2012–15). She graduated with honors in dance from Skidmore College. A Rhode Island native, Ali makes home in Dartmouth, MA, with her husband, two children, and five chickens.