Alethia Antonia is a freelance choreographer, performer, teacher and researcher. She trained at London Contemporary Dance School, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Her choreographic work has been supported by The Place, Dance4, Yorkshire Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds Dance Partnership, and has been performed at venues such as The Place, Yorkshire Dance, York Theatre Royal and Fashion Space Gallery.
As a performer, she has toured internationally and has worked with companies such as Russell Maliphant Dance Company, James Wilton Dance, James Cousins Company, VOXED - Wayne Parsons, Flexer and Sandiland, Matsena Productions, Chhaya Collective, Heather Walrond Company, and Extended Play (Jamaal Burkmar), amongst others.
As a teacher, she has taught nationally and abroad for institutions such as Scottish Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Trinity Laban, The Place, London Contemporary Dance School, CAPA College, Dance4, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Kingston University, and Accademia Balletto Roma.
What are you most excited about joining the new group of Work Place artists?
I am most excited about working in partnership with The Place to develop new artistic works and practices around my current research. I am excited to look further into notions of self-authoring feminine blackness, decolonisation, accessibility, the fluidity of performance modalities, and the relationship between pedagogy and industry. I hope together we can contribute to tackling current artistic questions, and address wider questions around race, gender, and disability. I feel honoured to be joining this new cohort at this stage of my career and look forward to sharing this journey along with my fellow Work Place artists.
Where do you seek or find inspiration for your work?
For me, it is important that my work is a place that socio-political ideas and issues are questioned, and so inspiration often stems from my experiences or observations mostly in relation to race, gender, identity, memory, and trauma. I am also really inspired by a range of movement practices and style, and by different artistic forms, including music, voice, writing and visual art. I am fascinated by how they can intersect and facilitate storytelling. I see my practice as a mosaic of interests and experiences, and I’m always seeking new pieces to add.
What does it mean for you to be an artist in this day and age?
For me, it means allowing your imagination and art to infiltrate everyday life in a way that can bring transparency, positivity and hope amongst constant flux and challenges. To be an artist right now, for me, means to be contributing to something, facilitating others, listening, learning, and seeking answers to questions that can have impact both within and beyond artistic circles. It means envisaging better, and working to see that version of reality fulfilled.