The NC Dance Festival celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season with a virtual version of its live performance in Greensboro on October 2. The performance features 5 NC professional dancers performing the work of Helen Simoneau; a light-hearted duet by Asheville’s Stewart/Owen Dance; and a collaborative performance between classical Indian dancer Aparna Keshaviah and West African drummer Atiba Rorie. The Festival honors its founder, Jan Van Dyke, with a new work based on Van Dyke’s choreography, performed by 3 generations of dancers including former Van Dyke Dance Group company members, and Dance Project pre-professional students and alumni. Three dance films, by Cara Hagan, Jeehyun Joung, and 20 NC dance artists, respectively, will be screened with the performance.
Descriptions of the works:
HELEN SIMONEAU, founder/director of Helen Simoneau Danse (Winston-Salem) who recently received both an NEA Arts Project Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, presents “Flight Distance I,” performed by 5 professional NC dancers. Simoneau and the selected dancers were in residence in Dance Project’s Greensboro studios from Sept 27-October 2.
THE VAN DYKE DANCE GROUP set “Re-Forming,” a new work created from the original phrasework for “Five Short Forms,” choreographed by Jan Van Dyke in 1992, on NC dancers and Dance Project pre-professional students. The new work uses “Five Short Forms” as a launching pad, taking Van Dyke’s choreography into the future in new ways.
STEWART/OWEN DANCE (Asheville) performs “After Party,” a light-hearted, quirky duet. Learn more about them here: https://www.stewartowendance.com/.
THREE DANCE FILMS will be screened: Cara Hagan’s “Cygnus,” an award-winning short dance film, “Converge,” the film first premiered in Fall 2020, featuring the work of 20 NC dance artists, and "Lucina," a film created by Dance Project Artist in Residence Jeehyun Joung.
APARNA KESHAVIAH (Western NC), who works in classical Indian dance, and drummer ATIBA RORIE (Greensboro) present a creative collaboration, the result of a short-term exchange in which they bring their two art forms together in conversation.
The NC Dance Festival is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NC Arts Council, and support from Kimberly and Mark Tribus, Stearns Financial Group, Lincoln Financial Group, and Downtown Greensboro, Inc.