NC Dances at ADF: Here and Now

This was a one-night-only show, but here are a few pictures, one from each dance, in the order I discuss them in my CVNC review, published June 27, 2015, with the title ADF and NCDF Present the Zeitgeist: Here and Now.

“A lot of work has been going on around the state to nurture local dance, nudging the artists toward greater maturity, and promoting awareness of their work. From Asheville and Charlotte, to Winston-Salem, the Triangle and east to Wilmington, the artists and dance lovers are steadily building a “scene.” Prime among the persons and organizations supporting North Carolina dancers have been Jan Van Dyke and the Dance Project/NC Dance Festival, which has, for 24 years, organized touring presentations of selected dance groups. The 25th season, which will begin Sept. 19 in Raleigh, will include two of the choreographers included in this year’s Here and Now: NC Dances program.”

Leah Wilks, left and Anna Barker in Barker's IT'S NOT ME IT'S YOU, at ADF 6/25/15. Photo: Grant Halverson.

Leah Wilks, left and Anna Barker in Barker’s IT’S NOT ME IT’S YOU, at ADF 6/25/15. Photo: Grant Halverson.

Kristen Jeppsen Groves' [ME]THOD, at ADF, 6/25/15.  Photo: Grant Halverson.

Kristen Jeppsen Groves’ [ME]THOD, at ADF, 6/25/15. Photo: Grant Halverson.

Karola Lüttringhaus and Rachael Crawford Goolsby, front, in Lüttringhaus' ...DANN VON DEINER HAND, at ADF 6/25/15. Photo: Grant Halverson.

Karola Lüttringhaus and Rachael Crawford Goolsby, front, in Lüttringhaus’ …DANN VON DEINER HAND, at ADF 6/25/15. Photo: Grant Halverson.

Derrick Ivey, left, and 2 of the 6 women in Shaleigh Comerford's DEDICATED, at ADF 6/25/15. Photo: Grant Halverson.

Derrick Ivey, left, and 2 of the 6 women in Shaleigh Comerford’s DEDICATED, at ADF 6/25/15. Photo: Grant Halverson.

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Tonight in the Reality Ministries Ballroom: ShaLeigh Dance Works’ new ALÓ

Last night saw the premiere of ALÓ, a 40 minute dance-theater work by ShaLeigh Comerford in collaboration with the dancers of ShaLeigh Dance Works, as the first season of locally-made dance put together by Durham Independent Dance Artists continues. Along with the excited buzz that always precedes the first appearance of any art work, there was a warm, happy, community feeling in the room, with many of the DIDA artists present, along with generous supporters like Bepi Pinner and Boleyn Willis-Zeger, whose Ninth Street Dance and Legacy Studios, respectively, are so important to Durham’s burgeoning dance scene.

ALÓ will repeat tonight at 8 pm in the ballroom of the Reality Center, corner of Lamond and Gregson. Very unusually, this is a pay-what-you-will performance. Having enjoyed the dance last night, I can tell you it is worth a donation. Strong concept, some memorable images, lots of lovely dancing.

Sorry I don’t have a photo, but you can read my CVNC review here.

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