5 by 5


Reynolds Industries Theater

Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00 pm
Wednesdat, June 29 at 8:00pm
Thursday, June 30 at 8:00pm


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Solos, duets, quartets, and more choreographed by five of the dance world’s most electrifying artists! Mark Dendy will perform an excerpt from Dystopian Distractions! (2014). In an army uniform and a gas mask, Dendy sits on a stool gesturing to the sound of Donald Rumsfeld being interviewed. His animations transform the interview into a significant piece of performance art. Dafi Altabeb deals with life choices. What do we really choose in our lives, and what are mere products of a familiar routine? How many times have you asked yourself whether the person you live with is somebody you have chosen or somebody you have grown accustomed to? Questions of this nature are closely examined in her Never The Less (2012). Gabrielle Revlock’s Halo (2012) is an intimate and sensual solo that makes manifest the fields of energy around the dancing body through the use of a simple hula-hoop. At times the dancer seems to disappear and only the hoop is visible. At other points, the audience may forget about the hoop and only see a fragile gyrating body. Brian Brooks’ Torrent (2014) fluctuates between orderly patterns and unrestrained turbulence. Torrent sends the company of eight dancers soaring to Max Richter’s revelatory score. Rosie Herrera completes this program with the ADF commissioned world premiere of Carne Viva, a quartet exploring what it means to believe in magic and how that bleeds into our constructions of spirituality and our understanding of romance.

This program contains partial nudity.

Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre’s Carne Viva is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance. Additional support provided by Hilton Durham near Duke University.

The presentation of Never the Less by Dafi Altabeb is made possible with support from Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America.

Large print program available here.

Excerpt of Gabrielle Revlock’s Halo.