My choreographic work melds contemporary dance, Butoh, physical theatre, and mime. I look for dreamy, surreal narratives to guide performers and audiences through emotionally-themed work. Story-telling is my main priority; I mix theater with abstract forms to cultivate depth and resonance, while retaining recognizably human stories. I think this is what dreams do - they permit us to imagine possibility within our limited selves - and that is precisely why I am so interested in them.
Photo by Alyssa Bouma
Madelyn Sher is a multidisciplinary artist and producer, born and raised in New York City. Her choreography has been presented at Theater for the New City, SMUSH Gallery, MERDE at The Footlight, annex:art (New Mexico), Downtown Art, The Baumann, Triple 9 Festival, and Triskelion Arts. She has collaborated with composers including Daniel Johnson, Leo Hardman-Hill, and Adam O'Farrill. Madelyn has danced for Vangeline Theater, Svea Schneider, Rina Espiritu, Beverly Lopez/RediDance, Ni'Ja Whitson, and others. Madelyn is a member of Zoo City, an interdisciplinary New York-based art collective & production team that recently produced Groundswell Series, a site-specific outdoor dance festival. She has been an artist-in-residence at annex:art (San Fidel, New Mexico) and at Triple Nine Festival (Gowanus, Brooklyn). Madelyn's short dance film, Looking Inwood, won her the Promising Filmmaker Award at CUNY Film Festival 2018. She currently dances for Amirov Dance Theater and Molly Gorin.
As an actor, she has performed for the G45 Lightbulb Reading Series, Primary Stages: Fresh Ink Reading, New Worlds Theatre Project, and WNYC at the Greene Space. Madelyn performed in 5 seasons with the Bronx Arts Ensemble/Lehman Children's Theater Company. Madelyn appears in 7 episodes as a guest star on the new ABC network show, The Baker and the Beauty.
Madelyn teaches contemporary dance as a guest artist with RediDance Company's Dance Bridge Spring/Summer Intensive, an annual program for aspiring young artists in the Bronx. She is a dance specialist teacher for Immigrant Social Services (I.S.S.), a non-profit that offers after school programming for public schools in Chinatown. Madelyn's teaching method aims to heighten and refine students' expressive capabilities through movement; to strengthen kinesthetic learning abilities; to build confidence in embodied experimentation; to promote dance literacy, or the ability to recognize movement forms and interpret meaning; to encourage a relationship to musicality and rhythm; and to instill a sense of freedom and autonomy in the body.