Mission & History
Alyssandra Katherine Dance (AKD) is an emerging contemporary dance company that was established in London in 2015 and is now based in San Francisco, California. The mission of AKD is to create innovative and culturally relevant works of art that are accessible to everyone—both dance professionals and non-dancers alike. The company does this by using pedestrian gestures as the basis for their work, and add physically and mentally challenging layers to not only increase the theatricality of these movements, but create dance pieces that explore issues such as deracination, gender ascription, and accessibility which many can relate.
Their debut dance piece, “Obstruct & Connect,” was presented at Resolution!, London’s largest festival for emerging artists in dance, and was met with rave reviews. Critics claimed the work was “...a tribute to the breadth of expressivity of the body—this was pure dance at its best” (Miriam Garnett) and “From an integrated sextet to dynamic solos, each exquisitely formed—A thoroughly absorbing potpourri of dance” (Graham Watts).
The company has toured throughout the UK, presenting work at platforms such as FRESH-Northeast, Foot Print, and EMERGE, hosted by UK’s Dance Company C-12. Since then, company choreographer Alyssandra Katherine Wu has been listed on londondance.com as one of the most promising emerging choreographers of 2015. After its relocation to San Francisco, AKD has presented work around the Bay Area (CA), Los Angeles (CA), Tempe (AZ), Rochester (NY), and New York City (NY). They are the official winners of the audience choice award for PUSHfest 2016 and one of the six companies/choreographers to be selected for ODC's Pilot 68 program. In 2018, AKD was invited to be a part of the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, RAWDances' Concept Series, and Joe Goode's Feedback series. Since then, the company has been selected to take part in Doug Varone & Dancers DEVICES, teach and present at the Nazareth College MAD Festival, perform at APAP through the Peridance Capezio Center, and show work at CONDER|Dance Breaking Ground Festival. AKD is a proud two time recipient of the Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund and Dancers' Group CA$H Grant.