Meet the Artist: Leah Wilks

October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Meet Leah Wilks, a dancer based in Durham, NC who will be touring with us this season. This year she’ll be presenting a solo piece, Mess. Here’s what Leah had to say about the work: “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?” Listen to Leah talk about her creative process below:

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 the multi-media dance company VECTOR, with the brilliant Jon Haas. VECTOR creates work that questions the rules and societal norms that shape our daily lives using highly physical, detail-oriented movement in combination with video, audio documentary, motion tracking, and projections to create participatory installations, evening lengthe performances, and dance films. Their recent projects include Mess (2014), Still Point (2013), and Secrets I Never Told My Mother (2012). To find out more information on their current project Habitus please visit:

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