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North Carolina Dance Festival

Photos by Mohan Lao and Danielle Kinne

BOOM Performance: “NC Dance Festival Showcase”

The NC Dance Festival completes its 28th season at the BOOM Festival, featuring three of the artists selected to perform with the 2018-19 tour. During the season, earlier performances were held in both traditional and non-traditional stage spaces in Asheville, Durham, and Greensboro. In this performance, The Bipeds present Hypnagogiacs, an original, cross-disciplinary duet featuring choreographer Stacy Wolfson and banjo player Curtis Eller. With their signature performance style, the duo delves into a hallucinatory landscape of dreams where language dissolves and movement and song emerge as the only reliable means of expression. Lindsay Winthrop’s Protection asks dancers to interact with the element of water as an agent for navigating and examining personal beliefs. Water becomes an exploration of individual belief systems that are protected and embodied through ritual and protest. Megan Mazarick’s fierce solo dance story monster unpacks female identity in new ways, remixing the metaphor of “hero vs. villain” to showcase the body in transformation


NC Dance Festival: Dance

The NC Dance Festival, a production of the Greensboro-based Dance Project, is an annual touring showcase of modern and contemporary choreography by NC artists. The Festival aims to support the creation of new choreography and the presentation of high-quality repertory, build and strengthen relationships between dance artists within the state, and provide access to and education about modern and contemporary dance to audiences and students. Founded by Jan Van Dyke and now directed by Anne Morris and Lauren Joyner, Dance Project is a non-profit organization that has been operating in North Carolina since 1989, coordinating the NC Dance Festival, running a community studio, the School at City Arts, and managing the Van Dyke Dance Group. We hope to create a stronger community for dance as we contribute to a community that is stronger because of dance.

The Bipeds is a dance-theater company and rock & roll band under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer Stacy Wolfson and banjo player/songwriter Curtis Eller. In their pursuit of a collaborative ideal, Wolfson and Eller have devised a unique compositional approach that seamlessly combines movement, music, and lyrics to create a peculiar and compelling hybrid of dance and song. They cast the finished pieces with performers possessing the curiosity, technical proficiency and requisite disdain for boundaries to delve into one another’s mediums. Musicians become dancers, dancers become singers, and unhinged howls of wild abandon give way to moments of harmony and grace. Bipeds website »

Megan Mazarick is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. Growing up, she took dance classes with her mom at Arts Together in Raleigh, NC a studio that encouraged creativity and loving the skin you are in. She earned her BFA in dance from UNCG and an MFA in choreography from Temple University. As a choreographer, she makes work that is humorous, political, theatrical, and personal, often including a stop motion physicality and love of fantasy. She has shown work internationally (Singapore, Bulgaria, Egypt, Poland, Australia, and Hungary) and throughout the USA (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York City, etc.). As a performer she has worked with Susan Rethorst, Keith Thompson, Marianela Boan, Merian Soto, Anonymous Bodies, and members of Lower Left. Megan has taught technique, improvisation, and composition classes at studios, festivals, and universities around the globe.

Lindsay Winthrop is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Raleigh, North Carolina. A recent graduate of the UNC-Greensboro, she holds an MFA in Choreography. After receiving a BFA in dance education from East Carolina University, in 2007, she continued to further her pedagogical practices while dancing for Durham-based choreographer Hannah McClure. She deepened her investigation of choreographic practices and nurtured her emergent discoveries in graduate school. Currently excited about experiential and experimental performances, Lindsay and her dancers explore sensory movement through the use of elements. In continual search of choreographic findings, she is invested in studying the transformation of space by utilizing sensory experiences, natural materials, and energies incited by human bodies.

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Performs at: Open Door Studios

Performance Times:
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 28 at 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Tickets are $10

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