Alexa J. Rittichier

artist
Performance

Collecting Ourselves

Collecting Ourselves is a collaborative creative process, a performance and a book. It is a frontier in thinking and acting. Collecting Ourselves addresses the individualism of our culture and fosters a collective lifestyle that builds community and addresses creativity as a group process.

Through the eight month creative process of artistic cross-training and physical activity, experiences were used to grow a shared body memory and contribute to the evolution of a collective body. The artists’ book This is the Body You are Going Home With that accompanies the performance is a collection of the writing and imagery produced by the group process. This document is a concrete representation of the ephemeral time and space spent together in the creation of the performance. A combination of spontaneous and established movement practices with automatic writing, the performance, Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking, is an expansion of the time the ensemble has spent together and is a remembrance of the journey.

People On a Stage is the seven member ensemble led by Alexa J. Rittichier as Artistic Director and includes Lydia Feuerhelm, Jenny Garnett, Emily Rose, Courtney St.Clair, Michael Chad St. John, and Don Widmer.

*photos by Chip Duggan

People On a Stage performed Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking in Stanford, California, at PSi19: Now Then: Performance and Temporality on June 29, 2013! A big thank you to all of our supporters who made this amazing experience possible:

Bryan Saner
Allison Tiechart
The Webster Family
Stephanie & Derek Nicol
Emily D’Annunzio
Laura Long
Kim St.Clair
Nic King Ruley
Hoodie
Nicole Jung
Tammyan Starr
Michelle Korte Leccia
Kimberly Klask
Kammie Bass
Shar Pont
Haley Nagy
Sarah McEneany
Allison Christen
Megan Murphey-Sanchez
Matt & Lori Feuerhelm
Lauren Bartholet
Chris & Gini Duggan
Stephen DeSantis
Andrea & Chris Boeyink
Andrew Long
Heather Brown
Ron & Carma Rittichier

Collecting Ourselves

Collecting Ourselves is a collaborative creative process, a performance and a book. It is a frontier in thinking and acting. Collecting Ourselves addresses the individualism of our culture and fosters a collective lifestyle that builds community and addresses creativity as a group process.

Through the eight month creative process of artistic cross-training and physical activity, experiences were used to grow a shared body memory and contribute to the evolution of a collective body. The artists’ book This is the Body You are Going Home With that accompanies the performance is a collection of the writing and imagery produced by the group process. This document is a concrete representation of the ephemeral time and space spent together in the creation of the performance. A combination of spontaneous and established movement practices with automatic writing, the performance, Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking, is an expansion of the time the ensemble has spent together and is a remembrance of the journey.

People On a Stage is the seven member ensemble led by Alexa J. Rittichier as Artistic Director and includes Lydia Feuerhelm, Jenny Garnett, Emily Rose, Courtney St.Clair, Michael Chad St. John, and Don Widmer.

*photos by Chip Duggan

People On a Stage performed Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking in Stanford, California, at PSi19: Now Then: Performance and Temporality on June 29, 2013! A big thank you to all of our supporters who made this amazing experience possible:

Bryan Saner
Allison Tiechart
The Webster Family
Stephanie & Derek Nicol
Emily D’Annunzio
Laura Long
Kim St.Clair
Nic King Ruley
Hoodie
Nicole Jung
Tammyan Starr
Michelle Korte Leccia
Kimberly Klask
Kammie Bass
Shar Pont
Haley Nagy
Sarah McEneany
Allison Christen
Megan Murphey-Sanchez
Matt & Lori Feuerhelm
Lauren Bartholet
Chris & Gini Duggan
Stephen DeSantis
Andrea & Chris Boeyink
Andrew Long
Heather Brown
Ron & Carma Rittichier

Corporeal Residue

Director: Alexa J. Rittichier
Editor: Chip Duggan
Choreography: Alexa J. Rittichier & dancers
Sound: Alexa J. Rittichier
Dancers: Melissa Driscoll, Lydia Feurlhelm, Ruth Madden, Emily Rose
Camera 1: Alexa J. Rittichier
Camera 2: Michael Chad St. John
Camera 3: Annette Katsch
Camera 4: Tyler Lepp
Production Assistants: Annette Katsch & Michael Chad St. John
Project Advisor: Mat Rappaport & Kyle Seguin

I lost it. It was taken.

I lost it. It was taken., August 2011
Performed by Catherine Decker, Elise Mayfield, Alexa J. Rittichier, Emily Rose, and Courtney St.Clair
Sound by Justin Botz

Five female dancers enter clad in white dresses and faces, solemn in their movements. Each dancer holds a red colored prop-a jumprope, a teddy bear, a blanket, galoshes, and a balloon. With a mixture of dance and habitual, child-like movements the dancers traverse themes of nostalgia, virginity, innocence, and loss. For their final movement, each performer places their prop onto a white pedestal before exiting. The balloon, the last item, pops with a resounding end note.


*photos by Michael St.John

Liminal Breath

Liminal Breath, December 2011
Performed by Alexa J.Rittichier

Like many creation stories throughout history, this performance based installation begins with earth and breath. An intimate environment invites viewers to observe a space where the body is allowed to inform the mind in a rediscovery process. Daily performances inside a transparent cheesecloth structure alter the space leading up to a final movement performance by the artist at the closing reception.


*photos by Ahmad Hamad

Deposits in Seven Stages

Deposits in Seven Stages, December 2010
Performed by Alexa J. Rittichier
Sound and costume by Alexa J. Rittichier

*video documentation by Michael St.John

Unrequited Soul

Unrequited Soul, May 2011
Performed by Alexa J. Rittichier
Sound and MAX patch by Alexa J. Rittichier

This piece draws inspiration from the ballet Giselle and the character of the Wilis. Combining this with the artist’s struggle of a relationship with her maternal grandfather, she attempts to “dance him to death” and lay his memory to rest. Using MAX MSP and contact microphones embedded in the costume, the sound is produce by the movements of the performer in the moment.


*photos by Michael St.John

Corporeal Residue

Director: Alexa J. Rittichier
Editor: Chip Duggan
Choreography: Alexa J. Rittichier & dancers
Sound: Alexa J. Rittichier
Dancers: Melissa Driscoll, Lydia Feurlhelm, Ruth Madden, Emily Rose
Camera 1: Alexa J. Rittichier
Camera 2: Michael Chad St. John
Camera 3: Annette Katsch
Camera 4: Tyler Lepp
Production Assistants: Annette Katsch & Michael Chad St. John
Project Advisor: Mat Rappaport & Kyle Seguin

Cinders Rising

Cinders Rising, 2009
Musician, Composer: Leora Gardner (musician, composer)
Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor: Deb Gregory
Choreographer, Performer, Costume: Alexa J. Rittichier

Unrequited Soul

Unrequited Soul, May 2011
Performed by Alexa J. Rittichier
Sound and MAX patch by Alexa J. Rittichier

This piece draws inspiration from the ballet Giselle and the character of the Wilis. Combining this with the artist’s struggle of a relationship with her maternal grandfather, she attempts to “dance him to death” and lay his memory to rest. Using MAX MSP and contact microphones embedded in the costume, the sound is produce by the movements of the performer in the moment.


*photos by Michael St.John

Liminal Breath

Liminal Breath, December 2011
Performed by Alexa J.Rittichier

Like many creation stories throughout history, this performance based installation begins with earth and breath. An intimate environment invites viewers to observe a space where the body is allowed to inform the mind in a rediscovery process. Daily performances inside a transparent cheesecloth structure alter the space leading up to a final movement performance by the artist at the closing reception.


*photos by Ahmad Hamad

Collecting Ourselves

Collecting Ourselves is a collaborative creative process, a performance and a book. It is a frontier in thinking and acting. Collecting Ourselves addresses the individualism of our culture and fosters a collective lifestyle that builds community and addresses creativity as a group process.

Through the eight month creative process of artistic cross-training and physical activity, experiences were used to grow a shared body memory and contribute to the evolution of a collective body. The artists’ book This is the Body You are Going Home With that accompanies the performance is a collection of the writing and imagery produced by the group process. This document is a concrete representation of the ephemeral time and space spent together in the creation of the performance. A combination of spontaneous and established movement practices with automatic writing, the performance, Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking, is an expansion of the time the ensemble has spent together and is a remembrance of the journey.

People On a Stage is the seven member ensemble led by Alexa J. Rittichier as Artistic Director and includes Lydia Feuerhelm, Jenny Garnett, Emily Rose, Courtney St.Clair, Michael Chad St. John, and Don Widmer.

*photos by Chip Duggan

People On a Stage performed Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking in Stanford, California, at PSi19: Now Then: Performance and Temporality on June 29, 2013! A big thank you to all of our supporters who made this amazing experience possible:

Bryan Saner
Allison Tiechart
The Webster Family
Stephanie & Derek Nicol
Emily D’Annunzio
Laura Long
Kim St.Clair
Nic King Ruley
Hoodie
Nicole Jung
Tammyan Starr
Michelle Korte Leccia
Kimberly Klask
Kammie Bass
Shar Pont
Haley Nagy
Sarah McEneany
Allison Christen
Megan Murphey-Sanchez
Matt & Lori Feuerhelm
Lauren Bartholet
Chris & Gini Duggan
Stephen DeSantis
Andrea & Chris Boeyink
Andrew Long
Heather Brown
Ron & Carma Rittichier

Cinders Rising

Cinders Rising, 2009
Musician, Composer: Leora Gardner (musician, composer)
Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor: Deb Gregory
Choreographer, Performer, Costume: Alexa J. Rittichier

Collecting Ourselves

Collecting Ourselves is a collaborative creative process, a performance and a book. It is a frontier in thinking and acting. Collecting Ourselves addresses the individualism of our culture and fosters a collective lifestyle that builds community and addresses creativity as a group process.

Through the eight month creative process of artistic cross-training and physical activity, experiences were used to grow a shared body memory and contribute to the evolution of a collective body. The artists’ book This is the Body You are Going Home With that accompanies the performance is a collection of the writing and imagery produced by the group process. This document is a concrete representation of the ephemeral time and space spent together in the creation of the performance. A combination of spontaneous and established movement practices with automatic writing, the performance, Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking, is an expansion of the time the ensemble has spent together and is a remembrance of the journey.

People On a Stage is the seven member ensemble led by Alexa J. Rittichier as Artistic Director and includes Lydia Feuerhelm, Jenny Garnett, Emily Rose, Courtney St.Clair, Michael Chad St. John, and Don Widmer.

*photos by Chip Duggan

People On a Stage performed Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking in Stanford, California, at PSi19: Now Then: Performance and Temporality on June 29, 2013! A big thank you to all of our supporters who made this amazing experience possible:

Bryan Saner
Allison Tiechart
The Webster Family
Stephanie & Derek Nicol
Emily D’Annunzio
Laura Long
Kim St.Clair
Nic King Ruley
Hoodie
Nicole Jung
Tammyan Starr
Michelle Korte Leccia
Kimberly Klask
Kammie Bass
Shar Pont
Haley Nagy
Sarah McEneany
Allison Christen
Megan Murphey-Sanchez
Matt & Lori Feuerhelm
Lauren Bartholet
Chris & Gini Duggan
Stephen DeSantis
Andrea & Chris Boeyink
Andrew Long
Heather Brown
Ron & Carma Rittichier

Liminal Breath

Liminal Breath, December 2011
Performed by Alexa J.Rittichier

Like many creation stories throughout history, this performance based installation begins with earth and breath. An intimate environment invites viewers to observe a space where the body is allowed to inform the mind in a rediscovery process. Daily performances inside a transparent cheesecloth structure alter the space leading up to a final movement performance by the artist at the closing reception.


*photos by Ahmad Hamad

Cinders Rising

Cinders Rising, 2009
Musician, Composer: Leora Gardner (musician, composer)
Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor: Deb Gregory
Choreographer, Performer, Costume: Alexa J. Rittichier

I lost it. It was taken.

I lost it. It was taken., August 2011
Performed by Catherine Decker, Elise Mayfield, Alexa J. Rittichier, Emily Rose, and Courtney St.Clair
Sound by Justin Botz

Five female dancers enter clad in white dresses and faces, solemn in their movements. Each dancer holds a red colored prop-a jumprope, a teddy bear, a blanket, galoshes, and a balloon. With a mixture of dance and habitual, child-like movements the dancers traverse themes of nostalgia, virginity, innocence, and loss. For their final movement, each performer places their prop onto a white pedestal before exiting. The balloon, the last item, pops with a resounding end note.


*photos by Michael St.John