Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy 2011!

Happy New Year to everyone!
So it's a new year, but here's a year-in-review by Cynthia Perry from Thanks for the shout out! And another she did for the AJC.
Let's see what else happened last year that she didn't have space to mention (focused on the local dance scene, not things that came in to large venues, though there were some pretty spectacular things that did. Please feel free to comment and add anything I've left out):
  • Relief Work: the dance community rallied and performed to raise money for Haiti
  • Georgia Ballet began its 50th Anniversary Season and produced several ballets, in addition to educating young dancers
  • Ballethnic began its 20th Anniversary Season, expanded their space and produced concerts, also in addition to educating young dancers
  • CORE Performance Company began its 30th Anniversary Season, held Fieldwork for local artists in spring, summer and fall, and produced Corazon Abriendo (Heart Opening)
  • Dance Truck brought dance to various festivals around town, on various types of "trucks"
  • The dance community joined other artists to rally for the continued existence of the Georgia Council for the Arts
  • Modern Atlanta Dance Festival celebrated its 16th year
  • Breaking New Ground returned to the Decatur Arts Festival
  • Inman Park Dance Festival returned to the Trolley Barn (I can't find how many years! Someone tell me!)
  • Dance happened on the Beltline, created for sites along the proposed path of the intown loop by Beacon Dance and Brooks and Company
  • Dance for camera was featured at Emory and Pera Dance Studios
  • SIDEWAYS produced "Pop!"and "Once Upon a Holiday"
  • Project 7 produced "The Land, the Sea and the Creationist", in addition to the FLUX performance mentioned in Ms. Perry's summary
  • Gathering Wild Dance produced "Lessons and Dreams" at Callanwolde and organized a board of directors
  • Helen Hale produced work "Head First to Upside Down" and danced on top of shipping containers and in abandoned warehouses with Convergent Frequencies and at FLUX
  • Zoetic put on the Choreographers Showcase, a culminating show to a series of master classes with local choreographers, "featured Bala Saraswati's "Coeur de CORE" and performed in Wormhole Project's "Just"
  • Blake Beckham produced "American Muscle"
  • Dance Canvas worked with a group of young interns and produced a showcase of new work by emerging choreographers
  • Refuge Dance Co. produced "Rest: A Journey Home"
  • D'air Project continued to teach teens aerial dance and performed some shows including BARRIERS in their space and together with Project 7 and Brooks and Company
  • Celeste Miller's "The Annunciation…sort of: Mary says ‘no’ 
  •  Zerina Serulle's "Anthology" 
  • Brooks and Company put on "Shorts 6"
  • Juel Lane and Ursula Kendall-Johnson presented "Wha-Cha Don't Wanna Tap Into" at the Southwest Arts Center in May
  • Nicole Livieratos presented Gardenhouse Dance's "IDEAS" at a studio space in September (having recovered from a life-threatening car accident), 
  • Atlanta Chinese Dance Company performed "Nezha" in October. 
  • Not to mention all the college/university dance programs' spring and fall shows that included a co-operative restaging with Emory and Agnes Scott students of Doris Humphrey's "Shakers", works by T. Lang and more at Spelman, and at KSU produced Bill T. Jones' "D-Man in the Waters," along with works by Ivan Pulinkala, Sandra Parks and Lauri Stallings
And here's to all the great dance that will happen in 2011! DanceATL will be holding meetings still on the bi-monthly schedule of first Sundays. The first will be on February 6 and the topic is dancer health, so I hope you can join us for that important discussion. And as always, please get us your info for the dance table and google calendar!
Yay dance!

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