Meet your Local Artists: Charlotte

January 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

In every city the NCDF tours to, local artists are selected to present works alongside the touring artists, to provide strong links between the local dance and the statewide community.  The Charlotte dance community is an active and diverse one.  Here is a chance to learn a bit about these local artists and the pieces that were chosen for the Festival!

The Friday, January 24th performance in Charlotte features local group Baran Dance, along with choreographer Kim Jones, and tango duo Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez.

Baran Dance

Intro/Outro by Audrey Baran. Photo by Mert Jones.

Intro/Outro by Audrey Baran. Photo by Mert Jones.

Baran Dance is a Contemporary Dance company based in Charlotte, NC. Founded by Audrey Ipapo Baran in 2012, we believe that dance should be inspiring and accessible, not just for avid dance patrons, but for anyone seeking a visually awing experience. Baran Dance seamlessly blends physicality and artistry, creating work that is available and appealing for all audiences, regardless of cultural, educational, or socioeconomic background.  The company will present “Intro/Outro” in the NC Dance Festival performance, choreographed by Audrey Baran and Kate Micham.  The dance, featuring 9 dancers, expresses the excitements and frustrations of the creative life that all artists know.

Want to connect with the company?  Visit their Facebook page.

Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez

Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez

Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez

Argentine Tango shows passion and a deep feeling of longing, sadness, happiness and excitement. It has become an icon of passionate partner dance across the world.  In the NC Dance Festival performance, Rodrigo and Wendy will be performing a mixture of traditional and show tango styles.  The founders of “Charlotte Salsa” and “RW Latin Dance Co.” teach salsa, bachata, and Argentine Tango locally, across the country, and abroad.  They also perform fusions of SalsaTango and BachaTango.  Wendy and Rodrigo are also the organizers of the Charlotte Salsa Invitational, an annual convention featuring world-renown salsa instructors and performers.

Find out more about this event and the dynamic Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez here.

Kim Jones

Kim Jones, UNCC faculty

Kim Jones, UNCC faculty

Also presenting work in the Friday, January 24th concert is Kim Jones, a choreographer, dancer and a native New Yorker.  She is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center.   She received her MFA summa cum laude from Florida State University and her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. Most notably, she danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2006), the Metropolitan Opera Ballet (1998- 2003) and performed in the US National Tour of The King and I as a principal dancer (2005).  She has presented her work at North Carolina Dance Festival Tour, North Carolina Dance Alliance, Center Stage (Santa Barbara, CA), Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), Swing Space (NYC), Pietrasanta International Dance Festival (Pietrasanta, Italy), and Drachengasse Theater (Vienna, Austria).  Jones received a 2010-2011 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Masterpieces Grant to restage Martha Graham’s Primitive Mysteries (1931) for UNC Charlotte.  Most recently, Jones reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture(1935). The work received its premiere in January 2013 at the Knight Theater in Charlotte, presented by the College of Arts + Architecture.  Imperial Gesture had its NYC premiere at the Joyce Theater in February 2013 and is now on tour with the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

Click here for more information about schedule and tickets for NCDF Charlotte, January 24-25!



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