( Sat., Oct. 8, 2022 )
Van Dyke Performance Space, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC 27401
5 professional NC choreographers present new or recent dance work. Amelia Byrd’s (Greensboro) Womanifesto explores the struggle, freedom, and acceptance of a woman emerging into her adult life. Nicole Vaughn-Diaz’s (Asheville) duet, A Portrait of Them traces the impact of grief – its connections and distances –on a relationship. The mesmerizing movement patterns and sound design of Halidom, created and performed by Joy Davis and Eric Mullis (Charlotte), draw influence from their study of Japanese Butoh. Iridescence, a solo by Jasmine Powell (Hillsborough) was created in the context of the protests for racial justice in 2020, responding to the waves of sorrow, community, guilt, support, promise, and action. Coming Home, by Tamara Williams (Charlotte), is a section of a larger work, Morning Honeysuckle, Sunday’s Greed. Bringing in hip hop, Southern Baptist Church rhythms and southeastern Drumline, the dance explores the physical resistance of oppression in the United States and the celebration of perseverance by African Americans.