FESTIVAL Details : Saturday October 5th, 2019


Technical Rehearsal

The public is invited to observe the Technical Rehearsal on Saturday October 5th from 9:30-noon, a practice run through of the Festival Performance to be presented on stage in the early evening. Following the rehearsal, join us for a Q&A to gain a deeper understanding of the dance works. 



Tour in Motion

A Tour in Motion is a guided walking tour, beginning at the top of each hour, with 4 locations presenting short site specific dance works, showcasing various dance styles in intimate outdoor settings throughout Joyner Park. This immersive experience will showcase works by Lindsay Winthrop (NC), Rebecca McCormac (NY), Zoe Walders (NY), and Claire Fisher (OH).



Festival Performance

The Festival Performance will showcase works performed by student dancers of:

Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts (Wake Forest, NC), Svasti Dance (Greensboro, NC), Barriskill Dance Theater School (Durham, NC), UNC Greensboro School of Dance, and a work by Emerging Choreographer Jordan Medley.

The event will culminate with performances by the featured guest artists:*

  • Helen Simoneau Danse will perform an excerpt from her newest work Darling, created by the acclaimed choreographer and founder of the company, Helen Simoneau. 

  • Dancers of Ailey II will be performing Ebb and Flow set to Samuel Barber’s most famous work, Adagio for Strings by Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell. This picturesque duet calls to mind the rush and calm of the ocean tide. The New York Times declares, "There's nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater."

  • Laura Halzack and Michael Trusnovec, alumni of the internationally acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company, will perform Duet from Roses, created in 1985 by one of the most celebrated choreographers of American Modern Dance, Paul Taylor.

  • Marcelo Martinez and Lara O’Brien, principal dancers of Carolina Ballet will perform Meditation from Thaïs, a beloved work originally choreographed for these dancers by this year’s Festival Honoree, Robert Weiss.

  • African American Dance Ensemble will close the Festival Performance with a work choreographed by Ivy Burch performed to live African drumming.

    *listed in show order