ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist Kristen Jeppsen Groves.

photo credit: Justin Paris

photo credit: Justin Paris

Kristen Jeppsen Groves, choreographer, dancer, and educator, received an M.F.A. in choreography from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in Dance Education from Brigham Young University.  Her choreographic works have been presented in Ohio, Utah, Las Vegas, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, and abroad in Senegal, Mail, Morocco, and Italy. Kristen was honored to be a North Carolina Dance Festival Touring Artist for the 2014-2015 season, and collaborate with Defero Dance Collective.  She is co-founder and co-director of Artist, Interrupted: a women’s art collective, which has organized workshops and performances in Washington D.C., Ohio, Kansas, and Utah. Working as an independent dance artist since 2011, Kristen creates choreographic works and teaching residencies for professional companies, university programs, and studios.  As a dancer, she has performed in works by Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, and PropelHer Dance Collective, Marilyn Berrett, and Pat Debenham.

Groves will present a piece called [ME]thod for “Here & Now”.

photo credit: Tom Ellis

photo credit: Tom Ellis

[ME]thod is an unusual combination of dance and policy processes that explores the politics of policy-making.  Using intricate configurations of policy processes as a framework, [ME]thod develops the complex relationships of three sets of characters: workers, representatives, and citizens.  Through humorous, exposing, and insightful moments, [ME]thod provokes audiences to consider the impact policy characters and policy language has on individuals.  Through problem solving and negotiations, [ME]thod seeks the embodied humanity behind political processes.

When asked what it means to dance here and now, this is what Kristen had to say:

Balancing many important priorities means that I have to carve time out to dance.  Dancing “Here and Now” means to find time in the margins of my day to create, to rehearse, to develop, and explore.  I don’t have the luxury of dancing when I please, so I dance when I must.  And dancing when one must develops a deep commitment to continue art regardless of the lateness of the hour, or pauses and detours of my creative process.  I still love dance enough to keep dancing “Here and Now”

Want to know more? Check out ADF’s website for tickets and more!

#herenow625 Pictures Week 3

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s our final voting week! This week we’ve got two new pictures and our two highest voted pictures from the last 2 weeks. Which one is your favorite?

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This week’s winner will get 2 tickets to see “Here and Now: NC Dances” this Thursday so be sure to vote! Since the show is so soon, this is a short voting week. Have your vote in by 12pm tomorrow!

#herenow625 Pictures Week 2

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

The second week’s #herenow625 photos are in! Check them out below, and vote for your favorite this week. Voting will close on Friday. And don’t forget to submit your own photos by June 22! Submit as often as you like, and share how YOU’RE dancing Here and Now!
(Not seeing the photo you posted this week? Be sure that your profile isn’t set to private, and that you’re following us on whatever social media platform you posted on. You can always email them directly to us at festival@danceproject.org to be sure to be included!)

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Friday #COMPANY rehearsal with @ajblakely and @samsteffen for #No15. #dancelocal #herenow625

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Which is your favorite from this week? Vote now!

ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: Karola Lüttringhaus

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist Karola Lüttringhaus!

photo credit: Chris Waltz


Karola Lüttringhaus was born and grew up in Berlin, Germany, where she founded Alban Elved Dance Co. in ’97 to form an outlet for her diverse artistic pursuits. Most recently her work with AEDC, as well as freelance choreographer engagements, have taken her to theatres and universities across Europe and the US, including UN Las Vegas, the Prague Quadrennial festival, the Landesbuehnen Sachsen, Germany, UNCWilmington, to name a few. Ms Lüttringhaus holds a BFA in Dance from UNC School of the Arts and an MFA from the Technical University, Berlin/Germany in Set Design/Scenography.

photo credit: Lindsay Cummings

At “Here and Now” Alban Elved Dance Company will present a duet …dann von Deiner Hand. A section from Lüttringhaus’ larger work ‘Inertia – Remembering the Holocaust’ (2008), the duet is about love and its defense in the face of social and political oppression.

photo credit: Lindsay Cummings

Want to read more about Karola? Read here and here to learn all about her!

Want to know more? Check out ADF’s website for tickets and more!

ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: ShaLeigh Comerford

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist ShaLeigh Comerford.

from shaleighdanceworks.com

ShaLeigh Comerford received a Masters degree in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University as well as a Bachelor’s with honors in Painting and Poetry. She began her formal dance training on scholarship with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in VA. She also trained on scholarship under numerous master teachers at the American Dance Festival. Comerford continued her training in NYC and at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Belgium. In addition, Comerford was personally invited to train in the Gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel for their inaugural teacher training program.

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Photo by Steve Clarke

In 2005, Comerford founded ShaLeigh Dance Works, a dance theatre company dedicated to creating socially conscious works. Collaborators including dancers, actors, writers, musicians and dance-makers constitute this family of artists who are dedicated to expanding the craft of performance as an art form. The intimate ensemble ranging has toured its repertoire, described as dance theatre with a powerful and inventive physical language, along the East coast as well as internationally. The company made a successful New York debut receiving a standing ovation at Judson Memorial in May of 2007. She was featured as an emerging New York choreographer at Chen Dance Center’s 2007 newsteps series and was a recipient of Dance Theatre Workshop’s 2007-2008 Creative Residency. Most recently, the company was selected for the North Carolina Dance Festival’s 2013-14 season tour offering performances and master classes throughout the state.

 

At “Here & Now” ShaLeigh Dance Works will present Dedicated to [ ] because of [ ] (and vice versa).  The result of a collaborative process between choreographer ShaLeigh Comerford, actor/playwright Richard Kirkwood, and the original performers, the dance is a complex dance theatre work that “explores the deeply personal and cultural landscape of gender and violence.”

photo credit Chris Waltz

 

Want to know more? Check out these blog posts from when ShaLeigh toured with NCDF two seasons ago (here, here, and here). And visit ADF’s website for tickets and more!

#herenow625 Pictures Week 1

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

The first week’s #herenow625 photos are in! Check them out below, and vote for your favorite this week. Voting will close on Friday. And don’t forget to submit your own photos by June 22! Submit as often as you like, and share how YOU’RE dancing Here and Now!

(Not seeing the photo you posted this week? Be sure that your profile isn’t set to private, and that you’re following us on whatever social media platform you posted on. You can always email them directly to us at festival@danceproject.org to be sure to be included!)

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Early morning dance party! #herenow625 #dancelocal

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Dance Project board members striking a pose for #herenow625

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Which is your favorite photo from the week?

ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: Anna Barker

June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist Anna Barker.

photo credit Tim Walter

Anna Barker is a choreographer based in Durham, NC. She is the Artistic Director of Real.Live.People.Durham. The company had their local debut in November 2014, presenting “It’s not me it’s you” at Motorco Music Hall. Anna is a Durham native, and relocated back to her hometown two years ago, after 10 years of dancing in New York City & Philadelphia. Anna has shown work as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters- APAP (New York City), WAXworks at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), at Dance New Amsterdam (Manhattan), the New York Film School, and locally at Elsewhere Collaborative (Greensboro), the ArtsCenter (Carrboro), The Carrack (Durham), the American Dance Festival’s Local Look & Listen (Durham) and Carolina Friends School (Chapel Hill). Anna is currently a performing member of dance companies VECTOR and R.A.D. When she isn’t dancing, Anna is a Pilates Instructor at Studio East 54 in Chapel Hill, NC.

photo credit Eric Waters

In the “Here and Now” concert, Real.Live.People.Durham presents excerpts from the full-length work, it’s not me it’s you. In this quirky and theatrical dance work, Anna Barker and collaborator Leah Wilks explore how expectations in relationships, often precipitated by misunderstandings and stigmas, result in compartmentalization, recalibration, and the need to reevaluate and relinquish our presumptions. Through the combination of movement, music, text, humor and theater, Barker draws from our shared experience to create an exchange about our uncertainty in social and interpersonal relationships. “it’s not me it’s you” dives into the discomfort and awkwardness that often accompanies falling in love, lust, or like, and the repercussions that follow.

photo credit Eric Waters

Anna says:

I am very excited and honored to represent the rapidly growing and evolving dance community in North Carolina. When I returned to my native Durham two years ago, after 10 years of dancing and living in Philadelphia and New York City, I was surprised and profoundly impressed at the level of dance-making that was happening in the local community. I am thrilled to see such talent in my hometown, and to see such opportunity for independent dance artists to create, collaborate, successfully self-produce, and to generally thrive in an up-and-coming dance scene.

 Want to know more? Check out ADF’s website for tickets and more information.

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