Tuesday – Friday, March 14-17, 2017, Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op. Ticketing fees may apply.
For more information go to www.minersfoundry.org
The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival, a celebration and showcase of professional dance in Western Nevada County, March 14-17, 2017.
This year, the festival has expanded its programing to offer a full week of professional dance activities, including three evenings of performances by five professional dance companies, Master Classes for local dancers, and a Gala Reception for all dance company members and patrons.
“Dance is a universal language,” said Karen Attix, the festival’s artistic director and a former professional dancer. “We all have a body and we all dance in varying degrees. We want to praise that human need to connect and share through dance.”
Attix has curated an exciting program specific to the community that showcases a wide range of world-class choreography. The festival kicks off Tuesday, March 14 with the risk taking, muscularly elegant contemporary ballet of dawsondancesf followed by the exciting mix of classical and modern dancers of the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and the imaginative, kinetic and intellectual Linda Bair Dance Company on Wednesday, March 15, and ending with the explosive, spiritual and primal Pisa Za Congo Dance Company featuring Vivien Bassouamina, and the theatrical athleticism of Airaligned aerial dance group on Friday, March 17.
“The vision for the dance festival starts with the floor at the Miners Foundry and celebrates this venue where we can showcase such a wide variety of dance,” explained Attix. “It’s not that often that a small community has a ready-made venue with a sprung floor that can accommodate so many forms of dance: ballet, modern and aerial, etc.”
The trend in dance now is to no longer perform on stage, but rather seek out alternative locations and spaces that will stretch a dance company’s choreography while also allowing for a more intimate and interactive experience by the audience with the dancers. During the dance festival, the historic Miners Foundry will transform into its comfortable industrial loft type setting, with the professional dancers performing completely surrounded by the audience seated in chairs on the floor of the Osborn/Woods Hall. Following each performance, dancers will participate in a Question & Answer with the audience, allowing further exploration and learning.
“These Q&A’s are a peek into the lives and minds of these dancers who embody one of the greatest arts forms,” said Marni Marshall, one of the festival’s coordinators and dancers. “They are rarely done, but are deeply enriching for the audience.”
Organizers of the dance festival listened to feedback from last year’s participants and have strived to make the experience more personal and accessible to a larger audience. The festival’s extensive outreach to the community includes three master classes lead by each of the dance company’s choreographers for local dancers and dance students. These classes will be held throughout the community including Nevada Union High School.
In addition to the post performance Q&A’s, the dance festival will host a Gala Reception following the dawsondancesf performance on Tuesday, March 14 at the Miners Foundry. Here attendees can meet the choreographers, dancers, and other lovers of dance.
“The Nevada City Dance Festival is presented with support from the California Arts Council’s Local Impact Grant,” said Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of the Miners Foundry. “With their help, along with our partners, Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Department, Holt Ballet Conservatory, Sierra Dance Institute, and KSK Dance Collective, we are presenting one of the most comprehensive displays of professional dance ever experienced in the Sierra Foothills.”
Event Activities include the following:
Sunday, March 12, 10-11:30am
Gregory Dawson Master Class
Nevada Union High School Dance Studio
Tuesday, March 14, 7pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Wednesday March 15, 7:30-9:00pm
Tresa Honaker Workshop
Gold Country Gymnastics
900 Golden Terrace Way, Grass Valley
The workshop is open to the general public, ages 10 and older.
Wednesday, March 15, 7pm
Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and Linda Bair Dance Company
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Friday, March 17, 10-11:30am
Linda Bair Master Class
Nevada City Oddfellows Hall
212 Spring Street, Nevada City
Friday, March 17, 7pm
Pisa Za Congo Dance Company and AirAligned
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City