Meet the Artist: Renay Aumiller

August 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Renay Aumiller

Photo by Steve Clarke

Artist: Renay Aumiller

Company: Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD)

NC Connection: Durham, NC

Renay Aumiller is the director of Renay Aumiller Dances  and has presented her works in Asia, Europe, and across the Midwest and Eastern United States. She is on faculty at Elon University, and facilitates classes at NC State University, the ADF Studios, and Arts Together. Aumiller received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her BA in Dance Studies from  UNCG. She has performed with improvisation master, Kirstie Simson, the Chicago-based contemporary companies The Dance Team and Thread Meddle Outfit, and is currently a dancer for the NC-based The Kearns Dance Project.

Premiering in 2012, Renay Aumiller’s NCDF touring work Left and Leaving features five dancers and, Renay tells us, “is about transitions. The movement material and structure is set primarily of  transitional steps and constant movement. Even in the brief moments of rests, the breath and energy level are so alive, the body is still visually moving. It is a reminder of our constant journeys from one place to another:  from home to work, from nature to industry, from birth to death.”

Tune in on Wednesday August 21 to find out more about the Left and Leaving set design, Renay’s inspiration for the piece, and RAD’s recent premiere Pretty Ugly, their first evening length work!

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