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079: A+A Dance Company critiques misogynistic systems with “Don’t Get Any Ideas, Little Lady.”

Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer, the co-founders and co-directors of A+A Dance Company, make art that is inclusive, financially accessible, and socially responsible. They prioritize working with marginalized groups, specifically as it pertains to gender identity and sexuality. In their upcoming evening-length work titled “Don’t Get Any Ideas, Little Lady,” A+A Dance Company “throws salt …

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056: Failure or success? Choreographer Anna Barker invites audiences in through humor and the human experience

Who determines your success? What does failure mean to you? Choreographer and dancer Anna Barker has been playing with those questions for the last 5 years to create original dance-theatre performances interrogating our relationship to success and failure. We discuss Anna’s creation process and style, how she makes modern dance accessible to audiences, and what’s …

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048: How do we do the impossible? Choreographer ShaLeigh Comerford explores collaboration and sustainability

Creating a sustainable revenue stream for artists often seems impossible – how do we do the impossible? ShaLeigh Comerford, dancer, choreographer, and the Artistic  Director of ShaLeigh Dance Works based in Durham, NC discusses how she and her dancers create original work through collaborative questioning, her quest to attain financial sustainability, and arts activism. We …

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042: What does the dance community need? DIDA (Durham Independent Dance Artists) considers challenges and what the future holds

Three great minds in one room: Alyssa Noble, Justin Tornow, and Lightsey Darst, the 3 organizers of Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) discuss how to serve the dance community, the DIDA model, challenges with funding and critical conversation, the upcoming season, and what the future holds. As far as topics I’m passionate about, this conversation hits …

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033: Dance, play, and dream in 54 STRANGE WORDS with Stacy Wolfson and Curtis Eller of the Bipeds

One of the rare ASBX episodes that features two artists at once! In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with the artistic directors of the Bipeds, a dance-theater company. Choreographer and dancer Stacy Wolfson and banjo-player and songwriter Curtis Eller have devised a unique compositional approach combining movement, music and lyrics to create …

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028: Choreographer and dancer Killian Manning insists on possibility

“We are here. It is chaotic. If we say yes, what can happen?” Choreographer Killian Manning is a treasured director and teacher. It’s easy to see why after this humorous and thoughtful conversation full of inspiring quotes, Killian’s process, and her insights into performance and ensemble. Choreographer and dancer, Killian Manning, came to the Triangle …

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