Effort 9

Created in 2017 while in residence at Marble house project, VT

While in residence at the Marble House Project we developed a site-specific durational project that included photography and film as a means to document and archive the work. While in practice with long-form improvising we created a meditative series of repeated movements and took them out into the landscape at the Marble House. Many of the marble surfaces on the property had undergone a natural process of oxidization, which gave the marble a dark gray tint, veiling the natural tone of the stone. With sandpaper on our shoes, each day we returned to the same stone surfaces where we repeated material developed in the studio. This repetition etched away at the oxidization, uncovering the origin of the stone in a crystallized, geometric design.

We documented each daily iteration in film and photography and subsequently created a split screen media dance which features both the daily practice and a composed version of the material on site. The film serves as both an archive and a creative endeavor to capture, preserve, and underscore the process. This project redefined how we perceived the role of the witness in performance work and the relationship between process and product. There was no formal audience for the live action of the project, though an audience would encounter the etchings as long as they lasted. Xan’s state of pregnancy was also at the forefront, which was reflected in Alex’s carrying of the marble stone.


filmed 2016 / edited 2019

Choreography and performance: Xan Burley, Alex Springer, + Hsiao-Jou Tang

Cinematography: Mike Odmark

Editing: Xan Burley

Sound: Martyn Heyne

Edited as part of a graduate level film class at Smith College.

Bell and Stool

created 2019

Choreography + performance: Alex Springer, Jasper Springer, + Mark Springer

Cinematography: Xan Burley + Alex Springer

Concept + Editing: Alex Springer

Sound: Alex Springer, Taku Sugimoto

Created as part of a graduate level film class at Smith College.

 A Suite Duet

Created January 2013

Choreography & Performance: Xan Burley + Alex Springer 

Cinematography: Dave Ratzlow

Editing: Alex Springer

Music: Fiati Con Tasto Köln 

Frances Ha

Released 2013

Feature-length film by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

Choreography: Xan Burley + Alex Springer

Dancers: Hollis Bartlett, Jessica Herring, Tess Igarta, Leah Ives, Molly Mae MacGregor, Sarah Oppenheim, Nora Petroliunas, Jordan Risdon, Hsiao-Jou Tang, and Sarah Zitnay

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Filmed October 2011 in Brooklyn, NY

Direction & Choreography: Xan Burley + Alex Springer

Cinematographer: Susan Hilvert

Assistant Cinematographer: Ian Burley

Production Assistant: Alexander Thompson 

Dancers: Anna Adams Stark, Sarah Rose Bodley, Alyssa Bruehlman, Julia Burrer, Robin Cherof, Marlee Cook-Parrott, Donna Costello, Cat Coury, Christina D’Amico, Janna Diamond, Courtney Drasner, Meredith Fages, Brigid Gillis, Emily Giovine, Jessica Herring, Tess Igarta, Emily Jeffries, Roxanne Kidd, Sarah Konner, Lindsay Lee, Cori Marquis, Donnell Oakley, Nora Petroliunas, Tara Sheena, Sophie Slesinger, Tomoko Takedani, Krissy Tate, Sophie Torok, Nadia Tykulsker, Keeley Walsh, Aya Wilson, Sarah Zitnay, and Sarah Zehnder 

An Ostrich Proudly

Created March 2010 in Hellertown, PA / Made possible by DANCE NOW NYC | Silo

Choreography, Performance, Cinematography, & Film Design:  Xan Burley + Alex Springer 

Featured on Hulu as part of TenduTV.

Featured in “Where Is the Choreography? Who Is the Choreographer? Alternate Approaches to Choreography through Editing,” written by Priscilla Guy and included in the Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, 2016 edition.