Coppin + ClancyWorks = A Community Dance Collaboration
Coppin State University’s Repertory Dance Ensemble and ClancyWorks Dance Company team up to present three evenings at the Baltimore Theater Project (45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201)
Join us November 16th - 18th to experience a weekend of dance as Coppin State University’s Repertory Dance Ensemble and ClancyWorks Dance Company team up to present three evenings at the Baltimore Theater Project. This collaborative series showcases local talent and draws on the diverse perspectives of artists who are passionate about building the regional dance community.
Coppin State Choreographers include Baltimore natives Tonika Ayana Custalow-Stuart and LaTeisha Melvin, Bessie Award winner Diedre N. Dawkins, with Coppin State student choreography by Bintou Kouyate. Coppin’s choreographers will present an eclectic range of artistic expressions using contemporary modern dance that speaks through the soul of the inner spirit to celebrating traditional African Dance.
Mathew Heggem from ClancyWorks Dance Company created dance works in collaboration with company & ensemble members from local high school students attending Patapsco High School Center for the Arts and Rolling Park Day School. In addition, ClancyWorks Dance Company will present Dr. Adrienne Clancy’s latest work, The Resilience Project, which investigates the tumult of recent current events from a nonpartisan lens and has been featured in various conferences and in Harris’ Heroes on the Channel 4 NBC News (DC).
This collaborative evening offers a minifestival theme that allows Baltimore students in High to present their fantastic dancing while at the same time gleening the experience from professionals and networking with university colleagues. This concert not only offers the Baltimore Community an opportunity to witness work by award winning Maryland State Artists, but also allows Baltimore Students to experience what it means to engage in the performing arts as a livelihood. Over the past three years of this continued Coppin State and ClancyWorks Dance Company collaboration, we have found that this experience has helped to create positive performance mentorships across multiple generations of students and professional artists. The collaboration was seeded with the interest to help deepen the artistic networks within the Baltimore region, in order to help strengthen future Baltimore dance stars who we hope will have a strong impact on our arts and greater community.
Coppin + ClancyWorks = A Community Dance Collaboration will offer an evening of dances comprised in a variety of different dance forms including but not limited to West African, Contemporary Modern, Jazz and Percussion, in order to celebrate the vast cultural, class, and generational diversity that we celebrate in the Baltimore Dance Community.
About the presenters:
The Coppin State University Department of Dance, housed in the Humanities Department, offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance. Through its courses in performance and contemplative studies, the program offers intense technical and performance training as well as the knowledge and practices that will support them as "mindful reflective" artists in the field. Dance majors learn about the significance of dance as a cultural art form and experience its capacity to create and build community. The dance faculty consists of artists, educators and scholars who are committed to providing the student with a comprehensive and diverse core-training curriculum in dance and research with a focus on contemplative studies in movement. For more information about the Coppin College Dance Program, contact Vanessa Jackson @ firstname.lastname@example.org or dance at coppin.edu or visit us online: www.coppin.edu/dance
ClancyWorks Dance Company is a non-profit dance company that has been an active member of the Baltimore Dance Community since its’ inception in 2001. ClancyWorks is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in various communities by using the arts as a vehicle to develop mutual understanding and to advance positive social action. Touted by the Washington Post, Executive Director Adrienne Clancy’s work is “a tour de force of unpredictable partnering” and has earned a reputation for award winning educational programs as well as nuanced partnering work that is simultaneously athletically physical and philosophically driven by questions. “When Adrienne Clancy hits a wall, literally or figuratively, she doesn't retreat. She climbs it." (Washington Post). For more information about ClancyWorks Dance Company, visit us online:www.ClancyWorks.org
Baltimore Theatre Project: Through the presentation of a diverse array of original and experimental theatre, music and dance – Baltimore Theatre Project (BTP) connects the artists and audiences of Baltimore with a global community of performers. BTP seeks to nurture those artists who are actively experimenting with new forms of expression and to support both performers of international reputation and emerging local companies creating new work.
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