Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs’ “Pairs in the Park”

ADF presents Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs’
Pairs in the Park at North Carolina Museum of Art
July 22 through July 25, 7:00pm
Tickets: $25
Pairs in the Park is a collection of site-specific duets choreographed by Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs in collaboration with ten North Carolina dancers. The performance takes place along a path in the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  After the isolation of the past year, Chris and Taryn are excited to connect with dancers from across the state using their unique duet dance-making practice as a catalyst for new collaborations and creations. The audience will move in groups of 16 led by docents through various terrain to view duets situated within the park. Be aware that the audience will travel over a half mile loop to view the performancePerformance will run approximately 70 minutes.
Please note, there are 5 groups of 16 per day for this event. If purchasing for more than 1 person and tickets purchased are not in the same group, you will be separated for the event so purchase early to ensure there is availability.
Please read our COVID-19 protocols for outdoor performances here.

Taryn Griggs and Chris Yon create original dance works that are deadpan slapstick, understated melodrama, autobiographical science fiction, cubist vaudeville, asymmetrically consonant explorations of magic and virtuosity in everyday movement. They met at the Bessie Schönberg Artist Residency at The Yard in 2002 and have been working together ever since. They were participants in the dance communities of New York City, Minneapolis, and Iowa City, before moving to Winston-Salem. Chris and Taryn’s choreographies have been presented across the US, Canada, Ireland, and France. In New York, in addition to the presentation of their work at La MaMa, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122, The Kitchen, and Danspace Project, they appeared together in the work of David Neumann, Yoshiko Chuma, Karinne Keithley Syers, and Sara Rudner. During their years in the Twin Cities, they were both McKnight Fellows and co-curators for Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker Art Center and their work was presented as part of the Walker’s Momentum Dance Series at The Southern, Red Eye Theater’s Isolated Acts, Jaime Carrera’s Outlet Performance Festival, and 9×22 at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Since moving to Winston-Salem, their work has been commissioned by the North Carolina Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival and finds residency/workshop support through their ongoing project, Interstitial, a site specific dance during the changeovers between art exhibits at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Griggs teaches at UNCSA, Yon at Appalachian State University.
Leila Awad is a dancer currently based in the Triangle, soon to relocate to Asheville, NC. Since graduating from Carleton College in 2018, Leila has danced ballet and modern in Omaha, NE, and Raleigh, NC, and appeared in performances at the Hopscotch Music Festival and at the Wicked Witch Music Venue. They are thrilled to be a part of Pairs in the Park working with so many wonderful NC dancers. When not dancing, Leila can be found making linocut art or baking fancy desserts for their friends.
Maggie Bradley studied dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), The Hungarian National Ballet, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Cornish College of the Arts. She is a proud AmeriCorps alumni, where she worked as a second grade teacher’s aide. After a career of dancing works by choreographers such as Brenda Daniels, Merce Cunningham, Allison Van Dyck, Jonathan Reidel, and Colleen Cavanaugh, Maggie found her dancing home at COMPANY, directed by Justin Tornow in Durham, NC. Maggie’s pedagogical experiences range from teaching Creative Movement at Chappaqua Friends Nursery School in the old Meeting House to an adjunct lecturer position at Brown University for the Department of Theater, Speech, and Dance. As a Lower and Middle School dance teacher at Carolina Friends School, Maggie enjoys watching students find their creative voices through movement. At the center of Maggie’s life and heart is her family and their many pets. 
Rachel Cozart (she/they) was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. She is an interdisciplinary artist who enjoys work in choreography, screendance, writing, and visual art. She was raised surrounded by the arts and enjoys exploring the intersections between disciplines through collaboration and experimentation. Rachel is currently studying as a contemporary dance major at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, where they study Cunningham Technique, Limón Technique, and Countertechnique. At UNCSA she has performed original work choreographed by Ashley Lindsay and Ming Lung-Yang as well as restaged work from the Limón company and Cunningham company’s repertory. 
Courtney Hodges, Jr. is a 19-year old contemporary dancer attending UNC School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC. Born and raised in the Raleigh area, he attended Knightdale High School where he really found his passion for the art of dance. He has been dancing since his freshman year of high school but didn’t start training until college. He has had a love for dance his whole life with great people by his side who pushed him to follow his dreams of being a professional dancer. Even though dancing isn’t his only passion he is trying to perfect his craft at UNCSA. Courtney believes that dance is a great way to display a message without using words.
Gerri Houlihan received her professional training at The Juilliard School studying with Antony Tudor and José Limón. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991 to 1999, she directed Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, FL, and was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts. She has been on the faculty of ADF from 1981 to 1983 and from 1987 to the present and has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, and Russia. The recipient of ADF’s Balasaraswati, Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching, she continues to teach at the ADF studios in Durham, NC. She recently retired from Florida State University as Professor Emerita. She is the Artistic Director of the Big Red Dance Project, a group of dancers age 35-79, based in Durham, NC.
Courtney Liu is a performer, teaching artist, and choreographer working between New York City and Durham. She recently graduated as a member of the inaugural class of the MFA in Dance program at Duke University where she taught a variety of courses and workshops. Courtney has been teaching for 15+ years and her pedagogical research has been presented at the Embodied Learning Summit, CORPS de Ballet International, and the National Dance Educators Organization. As a choreographer, Courtney has been commissioned by the Ciompi Quartet, Thistle Dance, and ADF in collaboration with the Nasher Museum. Performance credits include Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, the Broadway cast of the Phantom of the Opera, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Queen of the Night, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the Cincinnati Ballet. Courtney is an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor and an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3. 
Dylan Parton, of Raleigh, NC, started her dance training at North Carolina Dance Institute under the direction of Kirstie Spadie. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Dean Susan Jaffe and Associate Dean Brenda Daniels. She has had the privilege to perform works by Douglas Dunn, Martha Graham, José Limón, Ming-Lung Yang, Patricia Casey, and Juel D. Lane. Dylan received additional training from Northwest Dance Project and ADF. She has collaborated, choreographed, and performed in various works that include a music video “Night Feeding” by Cashavelly Morrison and “A reaction to Marsha Cottrell’s Exhibition Black and Light” at CAM Raleigh. She is currently choreographing and teaching contemporary dance to emerging young artists in North Carolina.
Jasmine Powell is a dance artist from Hillsborough, NC, who grew up in the Durham dance community. Holding a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Hollins University, she continues to investigate the interrelation of embodied opposites in dance. Through her teaching, Jasmine joyfully brings cultural history into the dance curriculum at Cary Academy and has also served as adjunct professor at Elon University. Her passion has led her to dance with Philadanco and with notable choreographers Dianne McIntyre, Milton Myers, Ronald K. Brown, and Okwui Okpokwasili. Performing locally with KT Collective, Jasmine continues her own artistry with her latest choreographic premiere, Approximation of a Woman. Her work has traveled into various performance theaters, local and international dance and film festivals, and music videos. Jasmine smiles at the opportunity to share her work rooted in conceptual storytelling and is always relating to others through a creative expressionist lens.
Silvia Sheffield is a Durham-based dance artist from Rockbridge County, VA, where she grew up dancing at Halestone Dance Studio and with the Community Dance Connection Theatre. As a performer, Silvia strives to be brazenly vulnerable and mixes improvisation and dance theater to create visually striking dances. Her work has been presented by Tobacco Road Dance Productions, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, the Shenandoah Fringe Festival, the Black Mountain Museum + Arts Center, and the Halestone Foundation. In addition to performing, Silvia has taught improvisation and has led and participated in several community-based dance programs. She has a BA in Dance and English from Oberlin College and an MS in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill. For more about Silvia, visit her website at
Jess Shell is a somatic-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher from Hillsborough, NC. She holds an MFA in Choreography from UNCG, and a BA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her work is focused on the intersection of somatics, ritual, and site-specific dance. Her work has been performed in North Carolina, New York, and Italy. She is the co-director of Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Jess teaches dance in the Upper School at Carolina Friends School in Durham. She is also a licensed massage and bodywork therapist and brings her extensive anatomical knowledge to her performing, teaching, and choreographic methods. Jess loves the collaborative process and is both thrilled and honored to be working with Taryn and Chris.

Pairs in the Park by Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs is commissioned by ADF with support from the SHS Foundation and The Forest at Duke.
Additional support is provided by Adams Chetwood Wealth Management Group.