Avery Gerhardt is an independent choreographer and freelance performer from Houston, Texas. Avery began her pre-professional training at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) under the direction of LuAnne Carter. After graduating from HSPVA, she continued her studies at the Boston Conservatory where she broadened her passion for choreography and collaboration. With guidance from mentors Daniel McCusker, Mila Thigpen and Sabine Fichter, Avery obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance with an emphasis in Composition and Creative Process. While in school, she co-founded Might Dance Choreographic Collective, a group of artists who collaborate to make and perform original works. The collective succeeded in providing access to master classes and other interdisciplinary projects including installation-based work, contemporary theatre workshops, and improvisation saloons. Avery has created and directed three evening-length works: 1134: A Study on Loadbearing, What's the Point, and COCKEYED - an installed re-imagination of Léonide Massine's "Parade" (1917). Original works How does it feel knowing you will remember my face for the rest of your life premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Falling by the Wayside at MATCH Midtown Arts Center in Houston. Her latest solo, Massa, was premiered during her time studying at the Accademia dell’Arte in Italy and most recently performed at Kraków Dance Festival in Poland. Avery remains in Boston, where she continues to build a body of repertoire with close collaborators alongside her practice as performer, dramaturg, and writer.
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