Author Archives: Alexandra Gardner

Rhythm Is A Dancer

By Alexandra Gardner

The process of collaboration, whether it is with dance, theater, visual art, film, or what have you, is surprisingly similar to living in a foreign country!

Silence Is Golden

By Alexandra Gardner

I definitely believe that the sounds that we encounter on a daily basis are just as important to our physical and mental well-being as the food we eat and the air that we breathe.

Ask Not What Your Social Media Can Do For You

By Alexandra Gardner
Everyone is supposedly using these online tools, including more and more companies and organizations, because apparently it has become necessary to do so in the interest of “audience engagement”. But are these really the most effective methods for doing that?

Defying Geography

By Alexandra Gardner
Concert simulcasting is taking place more and more throughout the country, making performances available to a significantly broader audience.

Working the Visual Angle

By Alexandra Gardner
Capturing photographic images of a working process helps to remind me how different pieces progressed and how the ideas rolled along—those little sketches and lists were crucial in the moment (because if it doesn’t get written down, it will be gone) and a simple image can bring it all back.

Let It Stew

By Alexandra Gardner
On several occasions I have been gobsmacked by late-arriving inspirations that have rather drastically changed the form or some other aspect of a composition, definitely for the better. The ideas seem so obvious—when they finally show up!

History and The Power of Place

By Alexandra Gardner
I think that physical surroundings can play a huge role in one’s work; it can create the sense that what you are doing somehow fits into an historical timeline, even if you can’t quite see exactly how yet. It provides grounding, or a sense of belonging within the grand scheme of things.

The Benefits of Living Abroad

By Alexandra Gardner
I know that for many people the idea of living in another country seems unrealistic, and perhaps a bit scary, but it is an adventure worth taking, whether for study or simply a change of scenery.