Ashley Alexandra Wright
Born in Sydney. Following a dance education at The Australian Ballet School and Victorian College of the Arts, Ashley began her professional career with Royal Ballet of Flanders where she performed for 6 years under the direction of Kathryn Bennetts. In 2012 she moved on to join l'Opera de Lyon until 2015 and from 2016 as guest artist with the company.
As a choreographer, Ashley created Better Left Unsaid, for the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2009. The piece was awarded 2nd prize and Audience Choice Award at the Copenhagen International Choreographic Competition that year. The Elephant has left,This Room. premiered in 2015 for l'Opera de Lyon and Because it’s not going to come to a Beginning for the 2016 Festival Tanz Theatre International Hannover. In May 2017, May Contain Traces Of. a collaboration with dancer and composer Tadayoshi Kokeguchi, was commissioned by Les Subsistances Laboratoire International de Création Artistique, Lyon. In April 2018 worked alongside French film director Christophe Honoré for the World Premiere Don Carlos for l'Opera de Lyon. Ten People in the shape of a Lemming Premiered May 2018 for Austinmer Dance Theatre and NOT A PARTY TOO SOON for Sydney Dance Company PPY at CarraigeWorks, Sydney, Australia. In 2021 she choreographed for the prestigious Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health run by the Prince Albert 2 Foundation.
Since 2017 she has established herself as an independent artist dancing in projects by Örjan Andersson, Mathilde Monnier, Kat Valastur, Emanuele Soavi & Ersan Montag and as a member of Emanuel Gat Dance & STRATES Association Harris Gkekas . Ashley returned to Australia in 2018 to perform Cyril Baldys Variation for Ashley Wright which premiered at Treloarland in Melbourne followed by Variations for a Few in 2019 at the Frankfurt LAB as part of the Tanzfestival Rhein Main. At present, Ashley works on several endeavours with theatre director Ersan Montag at the Berlin Deutsche Oper and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.
With a strong desire to compose for her own choreographic work she dove into music production, completing a course in sound design for theatre and exhibition, in Paris. In 2019 her musical alias CIVIC GRACE was born. Whilst continuing her dance career Ashley composes and produces for many her own works, commissioned dance pieces, sound installations, film and video games.
Ashley teaches workshops internationally in places such as Mousonturm Tanzhaus Frankfurt, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Sydney Dance Company, Transit Dance Melbourne, Austinmer Dance Theatre, Ev & Bow Dance Centre Sydney, Palermo InDanza Summer Intensive.