IMPRINTS FROM THERE TO HERE
Ballet ADI | Christopher K. Morgan & Artists | Dance Exchange
June 15 at 7:30p & June 16 at 2:00p
Ballet ADI is the resident company of the American Dance Institute, premiered November 14, 2009. ADI believes the best learning comes from a collaborative relationship between conservatory and professional practice.
This new ballet created by Ballet ADI Director, Runqiao Du, is a reflection of Du’s emotional journey from his departure of China as a teenager to a recent trip back with his family as an adult. Utilizing a provocative display of sounds, images, and movement, Du reflects on his current state of mind and self-identity in relation to his roots in China.
CHRISTOPHER K. MORGAN & ARTISTS
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists is a professional contemporary dance company whose work stems from a belief in the urgency of live performance in an increasingly isolating, commercial, and digital world. Founded in July 2011, as a vehicle for Morgan’s choreographic exploration of social and cultural issues, the Company provides a creative outlet for its artists and collaborators through virtuosic and expressive dance performances.
A new work by Christopher K. Morgan, Place Names explores how names, language and labels can shape one’s identity. The places one leaves behind, runs toward and arrives at can change the perception of that person and how they are perceived by others. The piece asks, “How does one integrate all of these into a cohesive self?”
Also on the program, Morgan will present the world premiere of a currently untitled solo by renowned Choreographer Christian Von Howard. Created on Morgan with the support of an Individual Artist Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the work features original music by Kevin Keller and text by Pablo Neruda.
Dance Exchange breaks boundaries between stage and audience, theater and community, movement and language, tradition and the unexplored. Founded in 1976 by Liz Lerman and now under the artistic direction of Cassie Meador, Dance Exchange stretches the range of contemporary dance through explosive dancing, personal stories, humor, and a company of performers whose ages span six decades.
To the Edge
What lives at the edges? What happens at the edge that doesn’t happen anywhere else? What do the edges of climates, environments, ideas, and our bodies reveal about the internal structure and design? This new work, created by Dance Exchange in collaboration with our Summer Institute participants, explores the edges of our built and natural environment, and how our own edges relate, respond and react to the place and places in which we live in and travel through.