Meet your Local Artists: Charlotte Part 2

January 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

The NC Dance Festival performance in Charlotte is just a few days away!  Meet three more of the local Charlotte groups and artists that will share the stage with the NCDF Touring Artists: E.E. Balcos/Deep Water Collaborations, Caroline Calouche, and Oneaka Mack.

Deep Water Collaborations

E.E. Balcos by Jeff Cravotta

E.E. Balcos by Jeff Cravotta

The solo Três para três is the collaborative work of Deep Water Collaborations, a group of artists including composer John Allemeier and choreographer/performer E.E. Balcos. It will be performed as a solo that is primarily a structured improvisation in 2 sections. The recorded music is performed with voice, alto sax and cello.  This work is part of the creative process in response to the work of Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. Musicians include: Brian Arreola, Will Campbell, and Mira Frisch.

Deep Water Collaborations weaves together modern dance and contemporary music to create meaningful and expressive tapestries reflecting artistic perspectives and modern culture.  Breaking down barriers between modern and traditional, esoteric and popular, Deep Water Collaborations captivates audiences with stunning visual imagery and intense, arresting music.  The purpose of this ensemble is to cross the threshold between the stage and audience in ways that are more meaningful and expressive for both the artist and the community.  In May 2013, Deep Water Collaborations produced Deep Water: The Murder Ballads at the Knight Theatre in Charlotte, an evening of music and dance based on North Carolina folk traditions.

Caroline Calouche

Caroline Calouche by Brooke Bertschy

Caroline Calouche by Brooke Bertschy

Caroline Calouche is founder and director of Caroline Calouche & Co. (CC&Co), Charlotte’s only non-profit aerial and contemporary dance company and studio.  For the Saturday, January 25th NCDF performance, Caroline will present “Le Moment du Partir“, a solo set to J.S. Bach that was originally created and performed in Salzburg, Austria in 2005.

CC&Co. has become a resident company of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and regularly performs throughout the southeast.  It aims to build cross-cultural dialogues with dance as a means to unite and educate the global community.

Oneaka Mack

Image copyright Oneaka Dance Company

Image copyright Oneaka Dance Company

Also featured on Saturday,  January 25 is Oneaka Mack, Artistic Director of the Oneaka Dance Company.  The company will present “Binta Sofa,” originally staged in December 2011 and restaged for this performance.  Oneaka Mack choreographed this rendition of a Guinean Hunter dance for Oneaka Dance Company’s Distant Relatives, An African Ballet produced in 2011. Sofa is a very old rhythm of Maninka, or Malinke origin, that glorified chief great warriors. This is a dance is about heart and courage from the hunter tribes of Burkina Faso, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.
Get a taste of the Sofa rhythm featured in “Binta Sofa”:

Mack has been literally healing audiences with movement for nearly 20 years as a performer, teacher of West African, Caribbean and Expressive dance. The Oneaka Dance Company provides classes in African Dance, Choreography, Modern, Drumming, and Yoga, among others, and offers workshops, performances and residencies with the aim to “empower, as well as enable, participants to build bridges amongst one another as they learn about their local/global communities and culture through our program & services.”

Catch all these choreographers plus the touring artists of the NC Dance Festival on January 24-25 at UNC Charlotte!  More info here.

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