My artistic work is influenced by the world around me through observing movement and patterns, shapes and architecture, objects and images. I find inspiration in our history and stories. I draw from the repetitive and instantaneous aspects of our lives, our individual expressions, nuance and gestures. But the deepest source of inspiration for my work is centered in the heart of our human experience, and discovering that expression through the physicality and articulation of the body.
I draw from a combination of poetic and everyday elements to craft movement, language, images, sound and space. My work leads me to engage in a collaborative process with other artists and the community to investigate a particular subject or point of focus, which can be personal, social, political, or environmental. Through creating performances, I want to make spaces for reflection, inquiry, inspiration, surprise, and conversation. As part of my process, I am continually exploring new ways of experimenting with the genre of multi-disciplinary dance theatre.
Andrea Ariel is the Artistic Director of Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, based in Austin, TX where she produces, choreographs, and performs in dance theatre works created in collaboration with artists working in dance, music, theater, multi-media, and visual art. Andrea has created over 50 original works since first forming the company in 1990. Her work has been presented in Texas, California, South Carolina, Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico, and New York and she has been a recipient of numerous grants and commissions including twenty-four years of funded projects by the City of Austin, Cultural Arts Division. Andrea and her collaborators received seven nominations and three awards from the Austin Critics Table for her recent performances, HEART and The Bowie Project: A Rock and Roll Soundpainting. Four times voted Best Choreographer/Dancer by the Austin Chronicle reader’s poll, her work has previously been honored with two awards and seven nominations from the Austin Critics Table, and two B. Iden Payne Award nominations. In 2014 she was designated a Creative Ambassador for Austin, TX, and served as an artist facilitator for Artist INC, a cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges of artists of all disciplines.
Andrea has performed in NYC with Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and The Walter Thompson Orchestra, with whom she is a founding Associate Choreographer and certified as a conductor and educator in Soundpainting. Collaborative projects include Same River (2010), John Lennon, A Soundpainting (2007), and Pocket Full of Change (2006) with Strike Anywhere (NYC); American Value, Sojourn Theatre (North American Cultural Laboratory, NY), and performances at the Catskills Festival of New Theater, SUNY, The Zipper and Brecht Forum in NY. Other selected choreographic credits include Speeding Motorcycle, Evita and The World Goes Round (ZACH Theatre), Cesar & Ruben directed by Ed Begley, Jr. at St. Edward’s University, PEXO with The Walter Thompson Orchestra (NYC), The Little Prince (State Theater), Andrea Chénier, Candide, Aïda, Madama Butterfly and Carmen (Austin Lyric Opera), Tintypes (Unity Theater), The Gondoliers, Pirates of Penzance, and The Yeoman of the Guard (Gilbert & Sullivan Society), Bambi, a life in the woods (Austin Theater for Youth).
Andrea’s choreography for film and television include a recent national commercial for Grand Marnier; Rick Linklater’s new feature film, That’s What I Am Talking About; and a TV pilot, Mama Dallas. Additional credits include Waiting for Guffman (film) directed by Christopher Guest, Infamous (film) with Sigourney Weaver and Toby Jones, Wild Texas Wind (TV film) starring Dolly Parton, As the Bell Rings (TV Episode for the Disney Channel), and TV commercials for Time Warner, HEB (with Emmitt Smith), and Reid’s Cleaners, starring singer/songwriter Erin Ivey- receiving national recognition. In 2001, she made her choreographic Broadway debut with the Flaming Idiots’, What Goes Up.
As part of Ariel Dance Theatre, Andrea also teaches in the schools through her ARTSPLUS, arts-in-education programs and facilitates AADT’s Community Voices program, workshops that bring creative opportunities to the community. Other teaching credits include University of Texas, Austin Community College, Austin Lyric Opera, University of Illinois, Texas State University, Creative Arts Studio, (Brooklyn, NY), and the Texas Commission on the Arts, Artist-in-Education Roster. She earned an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois where she was the recipient of the 1986 Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship Award. Andrea is also a Certified Personal Trainer.
View Andrea Ariel’s CV
Artistic/Managing Director • Choreographer • Performer • Teacher
Andrea Ariel named Creative Ambassador
Andrea Ariel, Austin Creative Ambassador, Community Spotlight
Cultural Arts Division Newsletter
Andrea Ariel receives official proclamation as a Creative Ambassador from City of Austin
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division on Facebook
Andrea Ariel featured in article by Kelli McDonald published by The Rat Race Social Club
Dance Careers: Choreography for a Life