IU Contemporary Dance takes the virtual stage with their Winter Dance Concert: Sounding Bodies, an evening of choreography and performance uniting dance and protest. Faculty, students, and guest artists investigate movement, dissent, and resilience as a site for education, action and healing.
Sounding Bodies will feature new choreography by IU Contemporary Dance faculty Stafford C. Berry, Jr., Beatrice Capote, Selene Carter, and Elizabeth Shea, as well as featured guest artist Erik Abbott-Main. The concert also features the work of Farai Malianga, composer for Capote’s Ori (Head, One’s Spiritual Intuition), and Visiting Lecturer in Music Joe Galvin performing batá and akpwon for Capote’s Yemaya - Rebirthing to Existence. Capote’s Yemaya…was created in collaboration with Marisol Blanco, master teacher and owner and director of Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project. Guest choreographer Erik Abbott-Main’s piece May I Borrow A Cup of Salt?, is an ongoing project about resilience and togetherness that grapples with the ease in which we make a mess of things. The project finds empowerment in unity and strength in endurance.
Lighting and costume designs and arrangements are provided by the IU Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance Faculty and M.F.A students. The costume for Capote’s Yemaya… was made by Milagros Alfonso.
For this year’s concert, dance faculty partnered with IU’s Radio and Television Services to film each piece in WTIU's Studio 6 since the concert will not be able to be performed in front of a live audience. The filmed concert will be shared with audiences virtually via Zoom Webinar.