Tobacco Road Dance Productions at the Durham Arts Council
The Bossy Bees are thrilled to be teaming up with Stephanie Blackmon Woodbeck and William Commander from Tobacco Road Dance Productions (TRDP) for their 3rd season of In Concert 2017 (#InConcert2017). #InConcert2017 will showcase local artists from North Carolina in one weekend. Tobacco Road Dance Productions founders Stephanie and William have strong roots in North Carolina’s dance community, and they continue to live and work in the Triangle.
#InConcert2017 features live music and artists with varying levels of local name recognition; some have self-produced in the past and are working in new directions, while others are showing work in the Triangle for the first time. The 2016-2017 artistic panel, comprised of Jessi Knight, Anjanee Bell and Amy Love Beasley, met with this year’s choreographers at four works-in-progress showings, offering critical feedback as each work developed. Tobacco Road Dance Productions provides season artists with adjudicated feedback sessions that culminate in a weekend of shared concerts. All season artists must be residents of North Carolina.
The #InConcert2017 lineup features:
Stacy Thomas Wolfson and local musician Curtis Eller, who collaborated on June 2016’s “Never, Enough, Better, Nothing”, adapt to one another’s artistic mediums in their duet, “Hypnagogiacs.” While Wolfson physicalizes the spirit of the banjo, Eller executes choreography with clear intent.
Gestures and idiosyncrasies punctuate sweeping, enveloping choreography in Anna Barker’s “what about this” and other false starts. Barker explores themes of helplessness and feeling stuck in her first solo work.
Marsha Thomas takes inspiration from Emma Bleker’s poem “Things We Were Not Told Early Enough” in a dynamic piece for eight dancers. With this work, Thomas re-enters the local dance community as a choreographer after an eight-year hiatus.
Dana Livermore makes her formal Triangle debut with “The Ogre’s Wife,” a solo that explores aspects of femininity and the desires and roles of modern women. Livermore probes the question, “Why can’t we just be happy?”
Jade Poteat takes a departure from her traditional movement style, incorporating posturing and stillness into a work for five dancers about asserting identity.
Charlotte artist Audrey Baran presents a quintet rooted in moving meditation; “Moving In” will also be presented as her thesis work at Hollins University this spring. Baran says that the creative process has invited her company to “experience the transformative nature of meditation on an artistic practice.”
At 3 Bossy Bees, we are passionate about helping small organizations like Tobacco Road Dance Productions make an impact in their community through their social media presence. We pride ourselves on creating trust and visibility as a small business grows its brand and services. We would love to talk to you about your business goals and how we can help you break through web and social barriers. Don’t be shy, we are happy to chat and we’ll be at #InConcert2017 and hope to see you there too!
Location and Tickets
Performances take place at the Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre, 120 Morris St, Durham
April 14th at 7 pm, and April 15th at 2:30 pm and 7 pm.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.tobaccoroaddance.org, or at the door an hour before each showtime.