April Sellers Dance Company is Kickstarting BIG BABY!

April Sellers has developed a unique, emotive approach to modern dance as dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of The April Sellers Dance Collective, which she founded in 2002. Her dance transforms life’s mundane moments into physical expressions of the struggle to be human. Layering modern-dance technique within everyday gestures and text-based narratives, Sellers creates dance that holds up a magnifying glass to raw and rarified emotions. Sellers’s past works have explored such diverse topics as women’s sexual identity (In Her Place, 2000), the cultural and personal rituals of loss (Unveiling Grace, 2003), and the vulnerability of the material body (The V Project, 2007). Her work has been performed at the Walker Art Center, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Red Eye Theater, and Bryant Lake Bowl. In 2005, The April Sellers Dance Collective was awarded an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Sellers’s work with choreographer Judith Howard on House of Big Love won a Sage Award for Outstanding Performance in 2006. She has also collaborated with poets, painters, filmmakers, and chefs to present groundbreaking works in such spaces as galleries, rooftops, bowling alleys, gardens, and parks. Notably, Sellers has been featured as a dancer in original works by many artists including Laurie Van Wieren, and John Munger.

In early 2011, Southern Theater commissioned two works for the Tandem series of independent choreographers (Instructions to a Fancy Pack and Acceptable Doses, 2011). Her future works will continue to tell stories of humanist expression through movement and text, but will focus more intimately on the subjectivity of the dancers and their alternate points of view. In particular, her use of hyperbolic emotions will aid in the exploration of the female image in popular culture.  Sellers is a 2011 recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in
Choreography.

Minneapolis-based since 1997, Sellers moved to Minnesota after
graduating with a BFA in Dance from Ohio State University.

Awards and Recognition

2014 Intermedia Arts Catalyst Series

2013 Djerassi Residency

2013 MANCC Residency

2013 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Residency

2012 Link’s Hall Artistic Associate

2011 McKnight Fellowship for Choreography

2011 Southern Theater Commission  Tandem series of Independent Choreographers

2006 Sage Dance Award for Outstanding Performance

2005  Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

2001 Ohio pARTners for the ARTS project grant