Carley Conder is Artistic Director of CONDER/dance, founded in Arizona in 2003. She has concentrated her artistic efforts through creating, teaching, producing and performing in the Phoenix area and nationally. In Arizona, her choreographic work has been performed by CONDER/dance at the Herberger Theater, the Orpheum Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Artel at the Clarendon Hotel, W Hotel and Tempe Center for the Arts. She is currently a Faculty Associate for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU and Adjunct Faculty at Scottsdale Community College. Carley has been an invited guest artist at Brigham Young University, Snow College, Ballet Yuma, University of Texas - Pan American, University of California – Santa Barbara, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Utah Valley University, California State University - Long Beach and the University of Utah. Carley's work has been presented by Chez Bushwick at the Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), WestFest at the Martha Graham Studios (NYC), Wave Rising at the John Ryan Theater (Brooklyn), and the Cama-i Dance Festival (Alaska). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Steven Koester, Keith Johnson, Eric Handman, Stephanie Nugent, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Mary Fitzgerald and Ashleigh Leite. She is a current performing member of the California-based company Keith Johnson/Dancers. She was profiled as Phoenix's 100 Creatives by the Phoenix NewTimes. Producing the company’s annual Breaking Ground Festival since 2007 to support local and international artists, Carley has been the recipient of arts grants through the City of Tempe, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Target Arts Grants and the Consulate General of Israel.
A new group work for CONDER/dance, Map of Broken Glass explores in movement and visual imagery a process of creating art from shards. Like fragments of memory, or splinters of a life, the dancers forcibly reduce ideas and then reassemble into new forms through unceasing contact and energetic exchange. Sliver taps into inception and formation at a primitive level: the arrangement of the body itself, an organization and dissolution of space, a magnetic energy between dancers. While Conder deals with proximity between dancers in her physical process, she explores the writings of Sufi poet Rumi in her collaboration with local filmmaker Perry Allen.