Dance has always played a vital role in the art community, serving as a powerful form of expression and connection. Through dance, we can communicate complex emotions, ideas, and stories, connecting with audiences on a deep and visceral level. But dance also has the power to impact future communities, fostering inclusivity, empathy, and a sense of shared humanity. As we look towards the future, let us continue to embrace dance as a vital part of our cultural heritage and a source of inspiration and positive change.
Rachelle Anaïs Scott is a female French/American contemporary choreographer and performing artist who grew up in New York City and currently resides in Basel, Switzerland. Her work has been performed as emerging platforms by various dance companies, including Cedar Lake, Nürnberg Ballet, and Theater Basel, as well as in freelance productions and dance films. Rachelle has received accolades for her work, including being an award winner in Dare 2 Dance Film Festival and the Mannheim Arts and Film Festival, a finalist in the SzólóDuó Festival Dance and an Official Selection for Dance Camera Istanbul and Ork Kota Dance Film Festival. She has also worked with a renowned artist from L'Opéra de Paris in collaboration with the international dance collection Room to Room and has two pieces featured in the Blois Danse Festival 2022 in France. In September 2022, her latest creation, a visual art and dance collaboration with Kunstmuseum Basel and the Picasso/El Greco exhibition, premiered in Basel, Switzerland. Rachelle was selected for Orsolina28's Call for Creation residency and will present her newest creation in June 2023. Her most recent duet, "US," created for a research grant by the Canton of Basel-Stadt Department of Culture, will also be presented in the Choreographic Competition Hannover37 in June 2023.
Rachelle received her dance training from The Alvin Ailey School and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & the Performing Arts. She was awarded the YoungARTS/New York Regional Award in Dance and the Eiger Scholarship Award upon completing high school. Rachelle continued her studies at The Juilliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduation, she danced as a member of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City, a soloist dancer with Nürnberg Ballett Staatstheater in Germany, and is currently a member of Theater Basel in Switzerland. Rachelle has performed works by numerous esteemed choreographers, including Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal, Alexander Ekman, Crystal Pite, Jiří Kylián, Richard Wherlock, Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi, Andonis Foniadakis, Goyo Montero, Johan Inger, among others. Her talent and dedication have earned her the Princess Grace Award from the United States and the Bavarian Arts Prize from Germany.