NCDF/ADF Choreographer Spotlight: Gaspard Louis and Leah Wilks

May 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

The next two artists who will be presenting work at the NCDF/ADF show are Gaspard Louis and Leah Wilks. Here are their stories:

 

Gaspard Louis

Gaspard Louis. Photo by Robin Gallant

Gaspard Louis. Photo by Robin Gallant

Gaspard was born and raised in Haiti. He received a BFA from Montclair State University and continued his dance studies on scholarship at Gus Giordano’s in Chicago and Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab in New York.  He performed, taught, and traveled worldwide with Pilobolus Dance Theater for ten years.  He formed his own dance company, Gaspard&Dancers, in 2009, and is proud to have it based in Durham, North Carolina. He is currently directing The American Dance Festival (ADF) year-round creative movement outreach program, which offers free dance classes to youth in the community.

For the NCDF/ADF show, Gaspard & Dancers will present Annatations, a large group work that evokes a dream state where the souls that perished in the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake reconnect before moving on to their final destination, a place where all life began.

 Leah Wilks

Leah Wilks is a Durham-based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Recently, as a performer, she has worked with Renay Aumiller Dances, Gaspard&Dancers, Shaleigh Dance Works, Nicola Bullock, Anna Barker, and The Department of Improvised Dance. Leah is currently on faculty at Carolina Friends School, 9th St. Dance, Studio A DanceArts, and the American Dance Festival where she teaches everything from ballet to contact improvisation to release technique. Throughout it all, Leah has always been creating dances inspired by the questions to which she has no answer. She is the proud co-director of VECTOR, a Durham-based multi-media dance company, with the brilliant Jon Haas.

Photo by Warren Scott Photo

Photo by Warren Scott Photo

Leah Wilks’ company VECTOR presents the solo Mess, which asks the questions, “How does the body react when the world makes no sense? Does it shut down? Does it ignore or fight back? Does it try to control, to compartmentalize, to make meaning out of nothing? Can it ever learn to let go?”

You don’t want to miss out on seeing these works by all of the choreographers chosen to present–it is going to be a wonderful evening of dance in North Carolina!

For tickets and more info, visit the American Dance Festival website.

 

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