ADF and the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF) are pairing up to co-present four local North Carolina choreographers. Here the choreographers speak intimately about their work, connections to the American Dance Festival, and the challenges and rewards of being a dance artist in the Durham area.
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. Gaspard & Dancers’ work Annatations, by Gaspard Louis, 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. A Place Apart, a tender yet strong duet for two men choreographed by Diego Carrasco Schoch, uses text and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to depict intimacy, entanglement, support, and the need for space inherent within relationships. Leah Wilks’ company Vector presents Mess and 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?”