Christiana Axelsen is a Brooklyn based dance artist. Her choreography has been presented in NYC at DanceRoulette, The Invisible Dog, Mabou Mines, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, and the Women in Motion Salon Series; in Pittsburgh at the Space Upstairs; in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center and the Chamber Theater; and in San Francisco at 848 Community Art Space.
Christiana is a performer and current artistic collaborator in projects with Christopher Williams, Molissa Fenley, Courtney Krantz and Kevin Ho. She created original roles in Christopher William’s choreography for Dardanus at the National Opera de Bordeaux that toured to Versaille and in Il Giardino d’Amore a new work that was was developed during a Rauschenberg Residency at Captiva Island, Florida and will premiere in April at Danspace in New York City. In addition to her role as a performer in Molissa Fenley and Company, she assists Molissa in reconstructing major repertory works and has served as a rehearsal director setting Molissa’s work on Oakland Ballet in California, the Repertory Dance Theater in Utah and on students at Barnard College and New York University. She has also performed in the work of Pam Tanowitz, Beth Gill, zoe|juniper, Michou Szabo, Raja Kelly, Dai Jian, Anne Zuerner, Mana Kawamura, Dylan Crossman, Jules Skloot and Korhan Basaran among others.
Christiana graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in dance and geology from Mount Holyoke College where she concentrated on dance as the study of space and time in the realm of the human body and geology as the study of space and time in the realm of the body of the earth. She graduated from the Merce Cunningham Professional Training Program in 2012 where she performed alongside the Repertory Understudy Group in the reconstruction of iconic Cunningham repertory works including Summerspace, Fabrications and Cargo X.
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