DanceForce Member: Lois Welk
Artists: William Evans, Philadanco, Gabrielle Revlock, Beth Hesch
Community Partners: 171 Cedar Arts Center, Alfred University Dance Department, Elmira College Theatre Department
Counties: Allegany, Chemung, Steuben
“7 Dancers, 5 Duets, 1 Musician and a Hoop” is a program of duets curated and produced by DanceForce member Lois Welk in close partnership with 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY. “Duets are a metaphor for what happens between two people, one on one, face to face, real time. They are as intense as a chess game, as intimate as a hug.”
Since the demise of the 171 Cedar-Clemens Center Dance Series back in 2003, little or no professional dance has been presented in the Elmira-Corning region. A program of duets afforded the opportunity to create a diverse mixed-bill program and to build on other duet programs produced in Western NY such as the Brockport Duet project and Garth Fagan Dance’s annual Valentine’s Day duet programming. A primary goal of this project was to reconnect with partners in the region and begin to rebuild an audience for dance. Local artists were involved, producing a professional development opportunity for them and added interest within the community.
In addition to two performances at 171 Cedar Arts Center (Sept 27 & 28, 2014), guest artist Gabrielle Revlock led workshops at Alfred University and Elmira College and a post-performance Hula Hoop Party, and the great Bill Evans taught a Master Class in Rhythm Tap.
- a commitment from 171 Cedar Arts Center to continue the production partnership in 2015 with close to $4,000 worth of in-kind support;
- a renewed relationship with Alfred University Dance Department;
- the beginning of a new relationship with the Theater program of Elmira College, plus the delightful joyous moment during the post-performance Hula Hoop party, with Corning executives and retirees hula-hooping along side toddlers and teens.