Choreographer Alice Gosti prefers to describe herself as an “architect of experiences.” As such, she does not restrict dance to movement and bodies in space; rather, she treats it as a comprehensive work of art. It was during her last year in college that she developed this perspective, through her studies in the Digital Arts and Experimental Media Program at the University of Washington. Film, specifically, made her question dance: Why was it that film could inspire more experiences and memories than dance, a three-dimensional, full-body art form? The process of finding the answer, she says, “opened my eyes and my mind to a holistic way of seeing my choreography. Her Spaghetti CO saga, which uses food as a prop, is a reflection of that approach. “Food,” she explains, “is an experience we all share; it comes with memories, smells, flavors, and emotions. Thus, I decided to use it as a prop in my choreography.”
Born in Perugia, Italy, Gosti received her BA in dance from the University of Washington, Seattle, which still serves as her home base; she travels widely, performing her choreography throughout the States and internationally. Her videos, too, have been exhibited in group shows worldwide. Since 2009, she has been curating a quarterly series of restaurant cabaret/performances at the Pink Door restaurant in Seattle. Gosti and the Spaghetti CO project have been chosen to tour, in 2012, as part of Scuba: National Touring Network for Dance; the saga will culminate in a cumulative piece, Eat or Die, in spring/summer 2012.