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North Carolina Dance Festival brings Creative Collaboration to Charlotte

Audrey Baran, photo credit Butch Delatina

Zachary Gossett, photo credit Rosie Valentine

Jasmine Powell, photo credit Steven Whitsitt

TwinNation (Sanwone & Santae Benjamin)

Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs, photo credit Zoe Litaker

Event  Information

Charlotte -- ( Sat., Sep. 24, 2022 )

NC Dance Festival: Creative Collaboration Exchange and Performance
Goodyear Arts , http://danceproject.org/ncdf -- 7:30 PM

Greensboro -- ( Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 - Fri., Oct. 7, 2022 )

NC Dance Festival: "Assembly" at Greensboro Project Space
Greensboro Project Space , http://danceproject.org/ncdf

Greensboro -- ( Sat., Oct. 8, 2022 )

NC Dance Festival: Greensboro Main Stage Performance
Van Dyke Performance Space , http://danceproject.org/ncdf -- 7:30 PM

September 24, 2022 - Charlotte, NC:

This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Dance Festival.

Each year, the NC Dance Festival, a program coordinated by Greensboro-based Dance Project, brings professional modern and contemporary dance choreography from NC artists to audiences across the state. The Festival provides up-close and personal experiences with dance through performances, classes, conversations, and more. Co-presented by Goodyear Arts, the 2022 NC Dance Festival Charlotte performance presents a new initiative, the Creative Collaboration Exchange, designed to bring artists working in different disciplines together to play, explore, and create together. This performance represents the NCDF’s first visit to Charlotte since 2019, when the NCDF co-presented a concert with Charlotte’s BOOM Fest. (Previously, the NC Dance Festival toured
annually to Charlotte, hosted by UNC-Charlotte, through 2015.)

Creative Collaboration Exchange + Performance
September 24, 7:30pm
Goodyear Arts, Charlotte
Admission is by donation ($25 suggested donation). RSVP to reserve one of the limited seats.

Four artists, working in dance, mixed media, and music, will create a collaborative performance in just one day. Featuring Audrey Baran (Charlotte), Zachary Gossett (Durham), Jasmine Powell (Hillsborough), and Tiffany Santeiro (Brevard), the collaborative performance draws inspiration from the artists’ response to recent newspaper headlines, from “Mushrooms are having a moment” to "How Quitting a Job Changed My Work Life Balance" to “Researcher Proposes New Theory of Consciousness,” and more. The one-day collaboration in Goodyear Arts will transform these playful, thoughtful, dark, and joyful starting points into a record of an ever-changing time, and an outpouring of creativity after several years of artistic isolation. Charlotte duo TwinNation (Sanwone & Santae Benjamin) will also perform a dynamic hip hop duet, “Destiny.” Winston-Salem-based Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs present “SECRET BIRD MEETING: Yoggs Family Newsletter Updates, 2014-2022,” an abstracted collection of dances drawn from times when major events happened in their family and in the world, danced in their signature style: deadpan slapstick, understated melodrama, autobiographical science fiction, cubist vaudeville, and explorations of magic and virtuosity in everyday movement.

An artist talk-back follows the performance.

This performance is sponsored by Stability Engineering, with additional support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The NC Dance Festival season continues in Greensboro in October:

“Assembly” at Greensboro Project Space
October 6-7, 7:00pm
Greensboro Project Space, Greensboro

Greensboro Mainstage Performance
October 8, 7:30pm
Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro

The season will feature other ongoing projects and events, including:
In-person and virtual Monthly Dancer Chats
○ NCDF’s monthly informal network-building events will continue, with in-person gatherings interspersed with virtual meetings.

Artist in Residence
○ The NC Dance Festival welcomed 8 Artists in Residence into their Greensboro studio for the 22-23 season. This initiative nurtures North Carolina choreographers and supports the development of high-quality dance work. Current artists are: Casey Avaunt, Rae Cozart, Jiwon Ha, Janice Lancaster, Carrie Plew, Caitlyn Schrader, Jurne Smith, and Alexandra Joye Warren.

For more information on the NC Dance Festival: https://danceproject.org/ncdf/ The NC Dance Festival is supported in part by the NC Arts Council, Lincoln Financial Group, and individual donors and sponsors.

Artists involved in Creative Collaboration Exchange and Performance:

Audrey Ipapo Baran (Charlotte) is a Filipina-American dance maker, performer, educator, and researcher based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a MFA in Dance from Hollins University and a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Anti-Racism in Urban Education. As the founder and artistic director of contemporary dance company Baran Dance, Baran is dedicated to broadening definitions and accessibility of contemporary dance throughout the Southeast by presenting collaborative, multimedia productions in a variety of venues. Through every creative and pedagogical process, Audrey insists on horizontal dynamics among diverse bodies in motion and values the voices and histories of all collaborators.

Zachary Gossett (Durham) is a composer, pianist, and improvising musician who cultivates a diverse palate across genres. As a sideman or accompanist, Zach has performed jazz standards, originals, big band music, old school salsa, chamber music, solo classical piano, liturgical music, contemporary classical, wedding music, and even played in touring pop acts. Zach was also the Musician Apprentice for the 2019 American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. As a composer, Zach has arranged for the UNC and NCCU Big Bands, as well as maintaining his own small group collective. He is a recent recipient of the 2020 Durham Arts Council Artist Support Grant, using the grant to fund his first recording.

Taryn Griggs and Chris Yon (Winston-Salem) 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, 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 9x22 at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Since moving to Winston-Salem, their work has been commissioned by the North Carolina Dance Festival, 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.

Jasmine Powell (Hillsborough) is a creative expressionist from Hillsborough, NC, who grew up in the Durham dance community. Following her BA from Oberlin College, and MFA from Hollins University in collaboration with Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts, she further investigates the interrelationship of embodied opposites in dance. Through her teaching, Jasmine joyfully brings cultural history, technique, and the creative process to the dance curriculum as a Performing Arts Professor at Elon University. Outside of academia, her passions have led her to dance with Philadanco, become Horton technique certified by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and work with notable choreographers: Dianne McIntyre, Milton Myers, Ronald K. Brown, Okwui Okpokwasili, Justin Tornow, Kristin Taylor Duncan and Culture Mill. Performing locally, Jasmine stays connected to her NC home by sharing the stage with COMPANY and KT Dance Collective. With her artistry, she supports various arts organizations such as NC Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Wake Forest Dance Festival, Carolina Performing Arts, Culture Mill, Living Arts Collective, and Hillsborough Independent Dance Artists.

Tiffany Santeiro (Brevard) began her professional dance career with the Genesis Dance Company and worked for the Genesis Foundation for the Arts teaching outreach programs throughout Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan and Connecticut. She then went on to perform at the Metropolitan Opera with such artists as Sean Curran, Doug Varone and Julie Taymor. After receiving her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, she collaborated with artists from the US, Israel, Austria, Iceland, France and South Africa to create works for stage and film. Tiffany’s works have been screened nationally and internationally. Tiffany won best experimental film at the 2012 Portland Film festival for a film she created in Skagastrond, Iceland and Honorable Mention at the Movies by Movers Festival for (Be)longing, a film commissioned by JDT in 2012. In May of 2014 a dance - film collaboration, with Yaacov Bergman and Peter de Grasse, was premiered with the Portland Chamber Orchestra. Tiffany served as the Creative Director, choreographer and performer with Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Director of the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival and was an adjunct faculty member at Jacksonville University. She relocated in 2020 to Brevard, NC where she is currently teaching creative movement, music and dance technique.

TwinNation (Charlotte): Twin brothers Sanwone and Santae Benjamin started dancing in local talent shows in middle school and persisted through the years. They were recently featured on “America’s Got Talent,” as well as Charlotte’s 2015, 2016, and 2017 Breakin’ Conventions. Their TwinNation Dance Company incorporates all styles of dance and helps book talent. They have plans to go on tour with notable artists including Beyonce, Demi Lovato, Chris Brown and more. A documentary about the twins titled “From The Steets To The Stage,” premiered April 20 in 2019 at Spirit Square where they shared their story and victories on their quest to change the world through dance. In 2021 the twins performed with The Weeknd at Superbowl 55. They currently offer Hip Hop dance classes in Charlotte, NC every Friday for kids and adults, beginner through advanced.

About NCDF: The NC Dance Festival, a production of the Dance Project, is an annual touring showcase of modern and contemporary choreography by NC artists. Dance Project, Inc., founded by Jan Van Dyke and now directed by Anne Morris and Lauren Joyner, 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. The Festival establishes a network of venues for professional regional choreography and performance, expanding accessibility of dance throughout the state while raising the profile of North Carolina’s own artists. Our vision is to create a stronger community through dance. The North Carolina Dance Festival has been supported by state and local arts councils as well as local and national foundations and individual donations.