Joy and Alexander Davis, were mistaken for a married couple in 2015, and have been spending the last 4 years unsuccessfully trying to convince people that they are, in fact, related. Celebrated choreographers in their own right, The Davis Sisters represents the intersection of physical rigor, theatrical structure, dramaturgical research, and glamour that both artists respect in the other. In 2017, Joy created a new duet work, premiered at the American Dance Festival Faculty Concert, in which they humorously and poignantly contemplated presence and our place in the universe. Following that performance and with grant support from The Boston Foundation, Alex was able to facilitate the creation of Ethel, a dance/theater duet exploring the golden age of the American musical, artistic relevance, and online dating. Alex and Joy werenamed 2018 Schonberg (Boston) Fellows at The Yard where they created their most recent evening length Dance Theater duet in collaboration with musician/composer Eric Mullis.
Joy Davis a dance artist and educator steeped in the practices of Countertechnique and improvisation. She began studying Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and became one of 4 US Teachers in 2012. She teaches all over the US including the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Lion's Jaw Dance + Performance Festival in Boston, and the American Dance Festival. Her initiative joyproject produces collaborative dance theater performance since 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers, Choreographer's Lab Artist with New Dialect (Nashville), NeXt Choreographer for Urbanity Dance (Boston), and Special Edition Artist with The Theorists (Austin). She currently collaborates with Mountain Empire Dance Collective, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and Alexander Davis Dance. Joy and Alex (The Davis Sisters) were recently awarded a 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship Residency at The Yard to develop and perform a new work in September. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, and has since taught as visiting faculty at Smith College, Wesleyan University and Harvard University. Joy is an Associate Professor of dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. www.joydavisproject.com @joyproject
Alexander Davis is a graduate of Keene State College where they received a BA in English: Writing, and a BA in Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance. Alex has worked, performed and presented with organizations across Boston including Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Children's Chorus, World Music/CRASHarts and Improv Asylum/Laugh Boston. Alex is currently a company member with Urbanity Dance, where he is also the director of the their Summer Choreographer Intensive Program. As a choreographer and fiber artist Alex has received grant and residency support from The Studios at Mass MoCA, The Boston Foundation, Urbanity Dance, and The Theatre Offensive. Alex and collaborator Joy Davis (The Davis Sisters) were awarded a 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship Residency at The Yard where the developed their latest evening length work Junk Drawer; Or the Utiltarian Archive of the Future. Most recently Alex assisted Chreographer Monica Bill Barnes on Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Little Women, set for release in December 2019. Alex is a passionate arts administrator, a published memoirist, a college professor, an exhibited fiber artist, a sexual consent educator, and an okay comedian. www.alexanderdavis.dance @AlexanderDavisDance