2 Companies, 1 Evening of Dance

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January 8, 2015 by Nicole

The Center for Contemporary Dance will present two of its resident dance companies, explore theatre & dance and Coby Project, in back-to-back performances on Saturday, January 17, 2015.


The first show features explore theatre & dance in explore (ID)entity, a multi-media performance that fuses contemporary dance, acting, spoken word, film and other creative elements. The dance works presented will examine current events, community controversies and socially relevant topics.

Christopher Gonzalez La Corte, Artistic Director of explore theatre & dance, says that he has always been interested in bringing attention to matters surrounding diversity, community and social justice.

“Having grown up in Washington, DC, I was surrounded by diverse images and gained an early appreciation for culture,” say Gonzalez La Corte. “As an artist, I’m interested in creating work that explores our collective experience, celebrates the imperfect human condition and, hopefully, perpetuates a community’s movement towards social equality. The January performance will include artistic commentary on front page news stories with references to the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin cases, global conflicts and other noteworthy events that spotlight our continuing struggle with race, status and peacemaking.”

Following the explore theatre & dance performance will be Coby Project’s Chance: a haphazard course of events. This performance is “an artistic and educational exploration of improvisational movement.” Prior to each improvised dance work, multiple variables are selected through audience participation and company collaboration, spontaneously shaping the direction of each dance.

Chance: a haphazard course of events is produced under the artistic direction of Company founder Nikki Peña and features a cast of 11 dancers with live music accompaniment by percussionist and music producer Tom Infande.

“The work is inspired by dance legend Merce Cunningham’s exploration of chance,” says Peña, “and is the second installment of a similar project that was performed in the summer of 2013. Our primary goal as improvisation artists is to create something truthful in the moment. For an hour or so while the curtains are open, we hope to introduce audiences to an exciting world that’s rooted in the ephemeral, authentic and unexpected.”

Coby Project and explore theatre & dance are two of the 13 professional dance ensembles that have been supported and cultivated by the Residency Program at The Center for Contemporary Dance.

“The Residency Program is a unique opportunity for a community of high-caliber contemporary and modern dance artists to focus on professional and creative development during a renewable one-year residency,” says Craig W. Johnson, Executive Director of The Center for Contemporary Dance. “For the past 12 years, the Program has been a model of process and community building with artists supported in developing new work and sharing in each other’s process.”

explore theatre & dance and Coby Project “represent a future direction for dance,” says Dario J. Moore, Artistic Director of The Center for Contemporary Dance. “These companies are led by visionary directors that pull audiences into new and exciting creative territory.  There is no better place for these forward-thinking artists to grow than at an establishment that fully supports contemporary and cutting edge perspectives in dance and art making.”
Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Orange Studio
1121 N. Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL  32803
$12 per show or $20 for both (advance/online); $15 per show or $25 for both (at door)
Call (407) 695-8366 or purchase online at http://www.thecenterfordance.org.

explore theatre & dance
explore: (ID)entity
7:00 p.m.
To learn more about explore theatre & dance, visit exploretheatredance.com

Coby Project
Chance:  a haphazard course of events
8:30 p.m.
To learn more about Coby Project, visit facebook.com/CobyProject


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