THE MEDIAN MOVEMENT, the moniker under which XAN BURLEY + ALEX SPRINGER create, serves as a vehicle for their collaborative choreography, performance, and teaching.
Since 2008, their work has been presented in NYC by Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project’s DraftWork series, the 92Y, the TANK, Triskelion Arts, MATA Interval at the Museum of the Moving Image, and Gowanus Art & Production, among others. In May of 2016, they developed for North, an evening-length interdisciplinary project, as recipients of Center for Performance Research’s inaugural Tech and Production residency. With support from CPR’s Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production grant, the project premiered there in December 2016. Their yearlong 2013-14 artist residency at University Settlement culminated in sold-out performances of JACK Rally featuring 26 performers, some of whom participated in their accompanying community engagement project. They were invited as resident artists to Cultivate New Hampshire in the summer of 2014 where they held workshops and developed and shared work in collaboration with sound/visual artist Will Owen. In 2011, they received BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Fall Space Grant, premiering a new piece after three months in residence. Burley and Springer will perform their duet You being Me being You and the Eye as part of New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival in June 2017. In addition, this August they will be Research Fellows at Jacob’s Pillow, presenting a new site-specific work at Inside/Out, and will spend a month in residence at the Marble House in Vermont this September.
Burley and Springer were honored to receive the 2015 Emerging Artist Award in Dance from their alma mater, the University of Michigan. Other awards and accolades include DANCENOW’s 2011 Joe’s Pub Festival Encore Challenge and DFA’s 24-Hour Challenge Silver Award (2009) for their screendance daylighting. An Ostrich Proudly was featured on Hulu in TenduTV’s Essential Dance Film and their choreography appears in the feature-length film Frances Ha (2013).
Their choreography has been commissioned by Zenon Dance Company, the University of Michigan, Skidmore College, Bates College, Colby College, Goucher College, James Madison University, Ball State University, Ohio University, Oakland University, the Harkness Repertory Ensemble, Harrison High School, Cora Youth Company, and The Collective. They have offered master classes in technique, partnering, composition and improvisation at Muhlenberg College, DeSales University, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Albion College, and Ballet Western Reserve. They teach regularly in NYC at Mark Morris Dance Center and Gibney Dance Center. As members of Doug Varone and Dancers, both have taught and performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including Korea, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, and Hungary.
XAN BURLEY has performed for artists/companies Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon Dance, Amy Chavasse, Shannon Gillen, Shannon Hummel Cora Dance, Leyya Tawil, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Donnell Oakley, and Tami Stronach Dance, among others. She joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012 and acts as the company's tour manager. She also co-produces WAXworks, a non-curated monthly multi-media performance series in Brooklyn, was on modern faculty at the 92Y from 2011-15, and held teaching positions at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Cora Dance, Pave Academy, and Poly Prep Performing Arts Camp.
ALEX SPRINGER has performed for Alexandra Beller, Amy Chavasse, Heidi Henderson, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Donnell Oakley, Peter Sparling, and Leyya Tawil. He has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2008 and acts as the company's rehearsal director and media manager/archivist. He has staged Varone's work on various companies and universities and was on faculty at the Bates Dance Festival (2013/2016). He also works as a freelance video consultant, filming and editing content for a myriad of artists.
Above photo credits in order of appearance: Thomas Rivera Montes, Luke Wang, Ryutaro Mishima, Vesa Loikas, Vesa Loikas, Arthur Fink, Danny Ghitis, & Vesa Loikas