Meet your Local Artists: Greensboro area

October 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

This year, we have invited Sara Tourek and Jason Aryeh to present work on the NCDF Greensboro program, alongside the 12-13 Touring Artists.

Choreography by Sara Tourek. Photo by Jen Guy Metcalf

Sara Ruth Tourek, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bacholar of Fine Arts in Dance Technique from Ohio Universtiy.  Sara is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University. Before residing in North Carolina, Sara lived and worked in New York City.  She has choreographed and performed in many states including: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, West Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  Sara has a wide range of teaching experience including classical ballet, pointe, contemporary dance, choreography, and dance appreciation. Sara also serves as the Lead Dance Instructor at Governor’s School West and is and active member of the North Carolina Dance Alliance board.

Sara’s work, 4×5 alone together, will be presented on Friday, November 2.  This contemporary female quintet is a precise balance of beauty and rawness.  It is technically perfect with dancers who embody every aspect of the ethereal feeling.  They move in combination with the boldness and darkness of the lighting and music.

Jason Aryeh

Jason K. Aryeh, a native of Ghana, West Africa, is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University. He earned a BFA in Dance and African Studies from the University of Ghana and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.  He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Africa Alive Dance Company, in Ghana. He continues to research and work as a guest artist/performer/choreographer and dance educator at universities and dance companies nationally and internationally.  Aryeh has won many awards including the prestigious student award at the ongoing American Dance Festival (ADF) as a Faculty Assistant. He has worked as a guest artist, exploring his research of infusion of modern and West African contemporary dance forms/styles in many middle and high schools within the United States and Ghana, Colleges such as Roger Williams University, University of Rochester, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Elon University and the College at Brockport. He has choreographed more than 20 works for professional dance companies within the United States and in West Africa.

On Saturday, November 3, Jason will present “Wedlogs,” a work for 7 dancers, set to music by Outback and CapeTown.

Friday’s performance also includes work by Jan Van Dyke, Gary Taylor, Autumn Mist Belk, and Gaspard Louis.  The performance will be followed by a reception in the lower lobby of Aycock Auditorium.  We hope you will join us to meet the artists and celebrate 22 years of the NC Dance Festival.

Saturday’s performance features work by Lauren Kearns, E.E. Balcos, John Gamble, and Carol Kyles Finley.  For directions and ticket information, visit our website.


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