NCDF/ADF Choreographer Spotlight: Renay Aumiller and Diego Carrasco Schoch

May 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Renay Aumiller and Diego Carrasco Schoch are two of the four choreographers who will be presenting work in the upcoming collaboration between the American Dance Festival and the North Carolina Dance Festival on June 18.  They have been selected by nationally recognized choreographers Mark Dendy, Adele Myers, and Zoe Scofield to present and celebrate dance being created right here in North Carolina! Now is your chance to get to know a little bit more about them before you see their work!

 Renay Aumiller

Renay 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.

Renay Aumiller. Photo by Steve Clarke.

Renay Aumiller. Photo by Steve Clarke.

Renay Aumiller Dances will present Acquiring Dawn, inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. This work portrays a post-apocalyptic environment, a world of dualities: hope and despair, truth and prophecy, and nature and industry. A version of the dance, set on UNC-Greensboro students, recently traveled to the American College Dance Festival Conference, where it was chosen to go on to the National College Dance Festival gala performance in early June!


Diego Carrasco Schoch

Diego is a Chicano dance artist, originally from Southern California.  He was a Principal Dancer at the Milwaukee Ballet (1991-2003) and a soloist with the North Carolina Dance Theater under the late Salvatore Aiello (1987-1991).  He has created original dances for a variety of organizations and venues including Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a member of the Contemporary Dance Faculty (2008-2011).  He is an alumnus of NCSA, holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Currently, he is an independent choreographer and instructor teaching at UNC-Greensboro, the American Dance Festival Scripps Studios, and the Raleigh School of Ballet.

Diego Carrasco Schoch by Steve Clark


Diego will be presenting A Place Apart, a tender yet strong duet for two men. He uses text and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to depict intimacy, entanglement, support, and the need for space inherent within relationships.

Check in next week as we profile the other two choreographers featured on the ADF/NCDF performance, Leah Wilks and Gaspard Louis! For tickets and more info, visit the American Dance Festival website.


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