Beautiful Dreamer

Alice Gosti

Alice Gosti dances herself home.

WHO Alice Gosti, 28-year-old dancer, choreographer, performer and filmmaker from Perugia, Italy. Gosti moved to Seattle eight years ago to study dance and film at the University of Washington. Her work is inspired by durational performance art by artists like Marina Abramovicć, Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Gina Pane, Yves Klein and Jan Fabre.

STYLE GUIDE “As a kid, most of my clothes were hand-me-downs from my brother and family friends, so I’ve always mixed and matched. I love primary colors. I think of Mondrian a lot. Nail polish helps me not chew my nails. I choose a pair of shoes only if I can run in them. Underwear is the most difficult and important item of clothing.”

ARCHITECT OF EXPERIENCE Gosti calls herself a “space transformer,” a title borrowed from Yoko Ono. Her performance pieces consider every sensual element of the environment, manipulating temperature, taste, sound, smell and textures to evoke memories and emotions in the audience. “I am interested in eradicating the misconception of dance as an art form for the elite,” Gosti says. “I would like to move beyond the fish-tank feeling in which dancers are seen as beautiful, exotic fish.”

RUNS IN THE FAMILY The child of artists (her Italian father was an architect, her American mother a graphic designer), Gosti was always the kid running around at art openings. Eventually her parents began interactive installations and performances as the artist team SANDFORD&GOSTI. “Dreamers themselves, they taught me early on to follow mine,” Gosti says.

HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS Growing up bilingual, Gosti never felt like she quite belonged one place or another. “Whenever I was in Italy, I fantasized about living in the States,” she says. “When I finally moved to here, I wanted to go back. Dance and art have been about creating my own language, my own world. I wanted to create a home for myself wherever I went.”

Photo by Lauren Max

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