Valerie Alpert, the artistic director of VADCO in Chicago, has always wanted to come to Boston, and she now has the opportunity to join us here to present her work August 12th in the National Showcase!

Alpert has had a very eclectic training background.  Her early dance training began at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  From there, she went on to earn her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois and her MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University.  As a company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon/Jazz Dance Company, she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed assorted repertory across the United States.

Alpert explains that she was always making up movement as a child, and choreographing became her most comfortable way to express herself.  She describes her movement aesthetic as musical, organic, and physically passionate.  Her biggest inspiration comes from the human condition and the connections that occur when bodies interact.

Alpert will be presenting her piece, “Until Home” in this year’s National Showcase.  This work took 8 months to create and is the longest time period she has spent creating a new work.  She explains the inspiration behind her piece:


“The initial inspiration for “Until Home” came from my fascination with “walking trees” (Socratea exorrhiza), trees with root systems that allow them to move toward sunlight based on the seasons. These trees reminded me of the displacement of people that has occurred throughout our history. I am intrigued with the human condition to adapt and carry on until one finds a safe place to call home. It is the notion of determination and traveling long distances in order to survive that sets the foundation of this work.”


Alpert gives the advice that, “if you have a strong desire to do something, even if it is against all odds, do it anyway.”  She is passionate about sharing her work and believes it is crucial that the dance world finds ways to work together through dance.  Don’t miss her piece “Until Home” in the National Showcase on August 12th at 7:30 PM!

Check out VADCO’s website HERE!


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