Meet the Artist: Arlynn Zachary

January 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

NCDF’s Bonus Day is just a couple weeks away–Saturday, January 19. You’ve already met two of the three local choreographers whose works you will be voting on in the Audience Choice Show at 3:00pm. The informal show is a chance to participate in and impact your dance community as one piece will be chosen to be performed in the NC Dance Festival’s November 2013 concert in Greensboro. Meet our last choreographer: Arlynn Zachary.

The work: “Can You Feel It?” is a trio based upon the portrayal of non-sexual, intimate relationships in an emotionally tender and moving way; allowing the audience the chance to both physically and mentally feel the emotional and palpable connection between the performers.

On choreography: “The choreographic mind is such an interesting place to be; there is so much to explore both mentally and physically within the body of yourself and the dancers working with you. It is such a challenge because there are millions of possibilities for each step, gesture, and even silence that takes place. But, the reward that comes from morphing and articulating the human body, and watching the dancers as they work hard and improve upon the technique you channel through them, is completely captivating. The process of choreography (to me) is a held breath – released into the world upon the completion of each work, only to be followed by another breath.”

photo by B Jackson Design

photo by B Jackson Design

“With each piece I have created, I have strived to not only alter the basic movement vocabulary from one piece to the next, but to approach how the choreography comes together in a different way… Coming up with movement is the fun part that comes most naturally to me. Yet, when it comes to taking those phrases and figuring out what part of the stage it should be in, with what else is going on at the same time…that is where choreography likes to throw up little roadblocks on my process-highway.”

The artist: Arlynn Zachary is a graduate from Goucher College with a degree in choreography, Magna Cum Laude. She began her dance training as a college freshman with Dance Central (CPCC in Charlotte, NC) and performed with their resident company. After receiving her Associate of Arts degree, she transferred to Goucher to study dance composition. While at Goucher she not only studied aspects of dance, but also spent a large portion of her time dedicated to the Goucher Pilates Center. Over the years she has performed works by many professional choreographers, including Sean Curran and Jennifer Archibald. She has a background at Goucher in Stage Production and was a Technical Stage Production intern with Bates Dance Festival (BDF) where she was the Lighting Designer for Jennifer Archibald and Lisa Race. Her choreography has been displayed at both ACDFA and Goucher’s Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Concert. She is currently working on the boards for both the KinetiCollective and Charlotte Dance Festival, teaching in the Charlotte area, dancing professionally for The Wake Project, and working for Echo Contemporary Dance Company as their Assistant Rehearsal Director, Stage Manager, and Lighting Designer. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of THE MARK dance company.

photo by Tesar Photography

photo by Tesar Photography

“I was extremely shy when I was younger, in fact too shy to take dance class with other students at that time. But, through many years of watching and yearning to be a part of these fascinating pieces [by Mindy Anderson], my dance-spirit won out and I have never been able to stop creating and seeking choreography since then.”

After you see her piece on Bonus Day, there are two additional chances coming this spring to see her works: KinetiCollective’s show in March and Baran Dance’s show in May, both in the Charlotte area.


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