Meet the Local Artists: Charlotte Edition

January 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

The North Carolina Dance Festival is finishing up its 2014-2015 season this month. On January 24, NCDF will be performing at UNC-Charlotte’s Anne R. Belk Theater in Robinson Hall at 7:30 pm.

In addition to our five touring artists, there will be two local artists. Saturday’s performance include a work by Davidson College professor Alison Bory and a performance of Kim Jones’s work, Shedding.

Alison Bory is a dancemaker, performer, teacher and scholar, whose choreography dwells in the autobiographical, exploring the capacity of dance performance to expand notions of self-representation and identity. Incorporating personal memory and cultural imagery with a sarcastic sensibility, her dance compositions often employ stylized gesture, idiosyncratic movement patterns, and the beauty found in more awkward moments.

Her choreography has been shown at numerous theatrical venues from NYC to LA as well as on college and university campuses throughout the country.

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photo credit: agacollaborative.org

Since 2011, she has been making work and performing with AGA Collaborative, a trio of artist-scholars investigating the possibilities of co-creating. They are currently working with a group of interdisciplinary artists on a new collaborative project, Geomancy: Divination by Geography, for presentation in The Process Series at UNC Chapel Hill in February.

She has an MFA and PhD from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Davidson College (Davidson, NC).

As a part of the Charlotte NCDF concert, Bory will present just beneath the surface of my skin. The piece aims to investigate notions of femininity since Betty Friedan’s identification of “the mystique.” Playing with movement languages of representation and of sensation, the duet responds to the changing—and consistent—expectations of gender, sexuality, and coming of age.

 

Kim Jones is a choreographer, dancer and native New Yorker. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center. Most notably, she danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company (MGDC), Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and she was a principal dancer in the The King and I Broadway national tour. Jones has presented her choreography internationally. Her research focus is dance reconstruction. She re-stages and integrates Graham’s work into her teaching. Jones received her MFA summa cum laude from Florida State University and her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College.

Kim Jones will present Shedding as part of NCDF in Charlotte. Shedding is excerpted from a larger interdisciplinary collaboration exploring loss, memory, shedding, and renewal. This contemporary dance is rooted in the form and spirit of modern dance, specifically in the techniques and styles of Martha Graham and José Limón. Through the two techniques, and motivated by Handel’s Baroque music and by working with professional artists, we hope to make our own imprint.

photo credit: Kim Jones

photo credit: Kim Jones

This work was supported, in part, by funds provided by the UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant.

Want to see the show? Here’s more info about how to join us on the 24th! See you in Charlotte.

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