Aleysa Dobysh


If you ask Alesya why do you create, why do you dance, the answer is, “Because that’s who I am. Alesya is dance, breathes dance, thinks dance.

From 2024, Alesya is connected to DansBrabant as PLANmaker. For the next three years she will be working on the further development of her experimental project Motus Sonus – a project she set up together with composer Max Frimout.
Motus Sonus engages the game between movement, sound and space. The project began with a 2×2 wooden platform with transmitting microphones directly connected to Max’s modular synthesizers. Alesya’s movements formed the input for Max’s live composition. His sound, in turn, influenced Alesya’s choreography. The research gradually expanded, with the platform no longer the only form of interaction, but the acoustics of the entire space joining in.
Over the past year, Motus Sonus grew into an interdisciplinary collaboration between diverse sound and movement artists. Alesya combined within herself the roles of dancer, choreographer and curator. Motus Sonus became an ongoing investigation into other collaborations and new ways of choreographing. The interaction between contemporary art and urban culture are an important source of inspiration. Last year editions already appeared in De Fabriek in Eindhoven, The Grey Space in the Middle in The Hague and in art gallery The Windmill in Seoul (South Korea), among others.

DansBrabant was involved in the latest edition-to-be at De Pont museum in Tilburg.
During her PLAN period, Alesya examines her role as a curator and explores a different way of making dance, in which sound, use of space, interdisciplinary collaboration and a different, active role of the audience are the keys. Known (genre) frameworks she challenges, others’ experiments she offers a platform. Alesya seeks collaboration with diverse venues and as yet unknown dance communities – in the Netherlands and abroad. Her PLAN period concludes with a large Motus Sonus Festival in her own city.

Alesya comes from the (Russian) street and club scene, where she developed a love for House Dance – a club style that emphasizes articulated legwork and heavy flow. She won awards at international battle events such as Juste Debout (Paris) and Summer Dance Forever (Amsterdam). With her movement language, Alesya brings her footwork to abstractions such as rhythm, pulsation, silence or body sounds.

Alesya’s work exists by the grace of the here and now. She knows how to link improvisation to thoughtful phrases; for her, space is a sounding board to which the body relates.