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Three powerful choreographers have been tapped by Gibney Dance to mentor as well as curate split-bill programs in the “DoublePlus” series during the first half of December. In the program she has curated, Nora Chipaumire selected two artists who use different aesthetic forms to explore black bodies: recognizing historical context, but focusing on movement in space and time. Yinka Esi Graves (whose medium is flamenco) and Shamar Watt will share the November 30-December 2 weekend. The second series curator, Emily Johnson, brings Native American artists; Maria Hupfield hand sews sculptural tools that are part of her performance. Each uses language in their performance as well as their relationships to land, rhythm, meaning and even objects This second split bill is presented December 7-9.
Finally, Dean Moss presents Wesley Chavis and Cori Olinghouse on December 14-16 in an investigation of “edges of wellness” from two vantage points.
The split-bill series is well-titled: in addition to bringing pairs of lesser known artists to the forefront of powerful topics, the “Plus” is the overlay of choice, guidance, and sway of the three curators whose own work is saturated with depth and thoughtfulness. The “DoublePlus” series opens at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performance Center on Thursday, November 30 at 8 pm.
Cover: Cori Olinghouse. Photo © Andrew Jordan
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