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The In-Between: an Evening of Dance, Theatre, Sound & Design
March 13 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ShaLeigh Dance Works presents The In-Between, an evening of dance, theatre, sound, and design encompassing the very real complexity of identity, feminism, race, and queerness as the embodiment of what it means to be human.
March 13-15Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8pmDoors Open at 7pm for pre-show movement installation and cocktails
The Fruit: 305 S Dillard Street, Durham NC.
TICKETSTickets $20 – $30 in advance. $25 – $35 at door. Box Office: Opens 60 minutes prior to the event start time.
Culminating from a year-long development phase that began in January of 2019, ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of The In-Between. The work ultimately explores the nature of social disruption and reframes frustration and diminishment as strength. Comerford and the dancers took a deep dive into researching how these textures press on the world and against each other. Through personal stories, pleasures, and challenges, the dancers move between multiple, layered identities. The work found its deeper universal themes for engagement crashing into convergences through a two-week residency with Rosie Herrera, Artistic Director of Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre.
The In-Between was inspired from the Company’s previous collaborative work Bamboo Wind. Comerford was interested in developing a diverse counterpart to its themes and began exploring these ideas through a residency at Azule in Hot Springs, NC. These broader goals took shape in her research and emerged in encounters across difference, in spaces of heterogeneity. Comerford looked to blur the boundaries of identity between masculine and feminine in order to re-imagine and reconstruct a broader challenge to social norms. “We collectively looked to a more expansive projection of self to discover what truly creates a bridge from one person to another and to simultaneously uncover how the symbolic implications could potentially respond to the separation and divide we feel from the identity politics in our world today,” Comerford said. The forty-five minute work is forged through performative gestures and vignettes and encompasses the very real complexity of identity, feminism, race, and queerness as the embodiment of what it means to be human. During the performance, SDW’s ensemble delivers a stunning display of dance through vignettes rich with images and movement. The work charts bold new directions that displace the confessional with the performative, and proposes social disruption as a natural antidote to identity itself. North Carolina-based experimental DJ duo Sand Pact has been commissioned to develop an original score for the work. Sand Pact members Kaanchee and Alex Fresa explore universal rhythms and reconstructed dance beats through a unique and improvisational dynamic. ”Working with ShaLeigh Dance Works has been both a familiar and unfamiliar experience. As our process tends to be heavily structured by collaboration, we have gained a lot of experience conveying emotions through sound and interpreting words into music.” Sand Pact said. “However, this is our first opportunity to work in a group as large as this, which has been both exciting and challenging. This project has produced some of our most ephemeral pieces thus far and we are excited to embark on a new type of performance that is so vulnerable and unrelenting.” Stephanie Sevilla, a Durham-based fashion designer and leather artist as well as creator and lead stylist of The Makeup Culture, has been commissioned to create the costume design for the work. Comerford states that “We are excited to reveal the design at the premiere! Stephanie has created a strong and compelling conceptual design that reveals a deep understanding of this work. She offered us a language that ultimately influenced our overall aesthetics and empowered the dancers to dive deep.” The In-Between is directed and choreographed by Artistic Director ShaLeigh Comerford in collaboration with ShaLeigh Dance Works’ company members. The original score is by Sand Pact. Costume design is by Stephanie Sevilla. Lighting design is by Bamboo Wind efficianando Jeremy Kumin. Stage design is by Shannon Fairbanks.This performance is made possible in part by the generous support of the Symonds Family Foundation, Living Arts Collective, and Ninth Street Dance.