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This Place of Ours
In a dystopia where circumstance brews skepticism, fear, and polarization, we explore separation and connectivity. Through evocative grittiness, ugliness and beauty, this dance investigates how our perceived differences can either interfere with understanding, or bring us closer together.
What’s at stake when we refuse to connect?
January 24th 9:00 pm
January 26th 6:00 pm
@ Asheville FRINGE Arts Festival-
20 Commerce Street Asheville, North Carolina
"They conveyed visceral, fierce, haunting emotion that often left me heart-pounding, breathless...I have seen a lot of Fringe this year, and this is the best I’ve seen so far. If you think you don’t like dance, see this. If you love dance, see this. No matter what you like, This Place of Ours belongs at the top of your list."
- DC Metro Theater Arts
Guest Artists 2019-2020
Spring Showcase info coming soon!
is a collaborative dancemaker and artist educator based in Washington, DC. His artistic research cultivates processes and experiences that are participatory and intergenerational, moving through known and unknown, and bring a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. He has been commissioned to create and share performances at places like Dance Place, Bates Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, and Harvard University, as well as the New York City Roundtable Arts in Education conference and the LGBT Health and Art Making conference, among many others. Matthew’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Arcus Foundation, and the Somerville Arts Council, and has led to engagements with communities across the country. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with a wide range of artists, whose influences have left a mark and inform his current practice-- Liz Lerman, Cassie Meador, Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Bebe Miller, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Betsy Miller, and Annie Kloppenberg, among others. Matthew found a creative home with Dance Exchange from 2011 to 2019, and played an important role in furthering the work and identity of Dance Exchange post-founder as an Associate Artistic Director. Originally from Houston, he holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Michael Crotty is a dance artist and teacher from Springboro, OH. He received his Diploma from CODARTS Conservatory in the Netherlands. He received an MFA in Modern Dance from The University of Utah. His interdisciplinary works explore the integration of queerness with literature through movement, text, and music. His theater-dances have been commissioned and produced for The Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, The University of Dayton, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, California State University, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Michael has performed and collaborated with distinguished artists and companies including The LA Contemporary Dance Company, The Montreal Symphony, The National Children’s Choir, and Jerome Meyer. He has taught master classes at The University of Dayton, The University of Southern California, The University of Colorado and Point Park University. As a producer, Michael has self-produced multiple dance-theater works, performing arts events, and charitable curations. As an Assistant Professor of Dance at The University of Tampa, dance accessibility is crucial to his ethos. Michael is also a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst.
is a choreographer, educator, yoga teacher, and freelance artist based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Through her choreographic projects, Erika has shared her work with dancers and audiences locally, regionally, and internationally. Erika teaches at Texas Woman’s University and Tarrant County College. She additionally instructs several yoga classes per week in Denton and Decatur while also working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer in her spare time. With her marketing and design experience, Erika has been serving as the festival administrator for the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival since 2017, which was originally created by Jordan Fuchs. Erika dances professionally as an Associate Member of Out on a Limb Dance Company, which operates out of Waco. Erika graduated with an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a BFA in Dance from Texas State University. // more info: www.recordmoves.com
Moving Body Dance Company presents “Toss It, Catch It, Drop It.” This performance is an improvisational dive into the unknown possibilities of movement and relationship. Relying on impulse and intuition, the dancers are performing in a spontaneous environment where anything can happen within a structured set of tasks or ‘games.’ The risk of performing spontaneously is failure to make ‘good’ choices while dancing as individuals and the failure to support the group as a whole. The excitement of the performance experience is to reveal the unlimited potential of movement and relationship as well as the unbelievable amount of possibilities! What is a successful performance? What is failure? Moving Body Dance Company seeks to keep asking these questions throughout the performance in hopes of discovery as well as accumulating new questions to fuel future explorations!
Saturday April 27th 8:15 pm
FREE BOOM Intersection performance
1920 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte, NC
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Climate will be presented as part our full-length presentation:
This Place of Ours
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A Special Thanks to this season's sponsor,
Dr. Caroline Weber at Rosewood Drive Animal Clinic
1612 Marion St. Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29201
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