WHO IS OUTSIDE THE OUTSIDE?
Originally a native of California’s Central Coast, Ashley A. Friend moved to Brooklyn, New York in the sweltering summer of 2006. Friend is a choreographer, performer, educator, and film maker.
Her choreography has been performed throughout the USA, NYC, and abroad. Friend’s work was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, residency at Performing Arts Forum in France, and a residency and performance at the GVA Sessions in Geneva, Switzerland. Friend received scholarship to attend the Dance/USA conference in Denver, CO and NYC. She was a recipient of the prestigious danceWEB Scholarship and attended the five-week ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. She was also an artist-in-residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in Florida.
Friend’s last choreographic work is titled Outside the Outside. It was performed as a quartet at SUNY Brockport, as a duet at Theater Rochester, and as a solo in the Northeast ACDA 2017 and in NYC at Performance Mix Festival through New Dance Alliance. It is a project that has a variety of perspectives based on the notion of being on the edge, placed in the margins, and processing personal and societal identities. In 2015-16 Friend worked on a project titled Owned (also referred to as We Are Magic) and was performed at Byrdciffe Theater (Woodstock, NY), Women in Motion (Brooklyn, NY), hatch (NYC), New Dance Alliance (NYC), Poetry Church (various venues in San Luis Obispo, CA). This extensive and evolving piece focused on the relationship between the performers, sound, and interaction with a built environment and striking props. It was characterized as a shamanistic experience, compelling the audience to enter the choreographer’s vision.
Friend received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, 2001. She graduated with her MFA in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University with a minor in Film and Video, 2005. Friend taught modern dance technique, theatrical dance, and choreography at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY from 2010-2015. She was a guest professor in Performing Arts Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA from 2014-2016. Friend served as a full-time Guest Artist and professor at The College at Brockport, NY from 2016-2017.
Friend works as a film maker and freelance dance videographer. Her video work includes documentation of many individual artists and arts organizations throughout NYC (2005-present).