Saturday, January 5
Birmingham Dance Showcase: Celebrating Our Cultural Perspectives
12:30 pm, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Theatre
Be sure to catch this FREE Showcase and discover for yourself the talents and diversity of the Birmingham dance community. Bring the whole family and enjoy Dance Across Birmingham with free community dance classes in the BJCC North Meeting Rooms from 9:00am-5:00pm.
Friday, January 25
Opening Reception and Gallery Performance
6:00-7:30 pm, Vulcan Materials Gallery, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Join us for the Festival’s opening reception and special dance installations featuring Wideman Davis Dance, Dahlia Nayar, and Zoe|Juniper.
Rosy Simas Danse
8:00 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Native choreographer Rosy Simas (Seneca) breathes life into Weave, a dance project drawn from the interwoven and interdependent nature of our world. Like its namesake, Weave traces the vibrant threads of individual and embodied stories, uniting the strands in an interdisciplinary performance woven of story, dance, moving image, and sound. For many Indigenous peoples, weaving is a way of life, an individual and communal act in which cultural stories and tribal knowledge are conveyed. Stories within cultural materials seem invisible, intangible, until they are made and shared. Weave crafts our stories though Simas’ embodied lens as a Native feminist movement and image-maker.
Saturday, January 26
Revising Traditions in Antebellum Spaces
2:00-4:00 pm, Arlington Historic House
Join us for a reception and community conversation about Arlington Historic House and how to animate our shared history. Meet artists from Wideman Davis Dance and Robin Waites of Historic Columbia in Columbia, SC, to engage in dialog about an exciting dance project, Migratuse Ataraxia, being developed for Arlington in partnership with the Birmingham community. Migratuse Ataraxia shifts the rules of representation in antebellum domestic spaces to memorialize the lives of enslaved individuals through movement, technology, visual installations, and a curated dinner. Wideman Davis Dance is presenting “Migratuse Ataraxia Video and Art Installation” on Friday, January 25, at ASFA Vulcan Materials Gallery as part of the Opening Reception and Gallery Performance at the Alabama Dance Festival. Please join us on Friday evening as a preview to Saturday’s conversation! This is a free event, rsvp here.
New Works Concert
4:00 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Enjoy an afternoon of exciting new works by regional choreographers selected through an adjudication process. This performance is a wonderful opportunity for emerging choreographers and dancers to present their work, and for you to see new ideas presented through dance.
Stories in Motion: A Community Celebration Gathering
7:00 pm, Odess Theatre, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center
Join the Alabama Dance Council’s Bicentennial artists for dance making and story telling to share reflections of how we are connected to Alabama, what connects us as members of a community, and how our sense of home and history further connect us.
Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
8:00 pm, Jemison Concert Hall, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center
Rosie Herrera is a Cuban-American dancer, choreographer and artistic director of RHDT in Miami. Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of the most brilliant performers and creators, RHDT ranges in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet. The company will present “Make Believe,” which had its world premiere at American Dance Festival in July 2018. This work uses religious iconography to explore themes of love, romance, and religious spectacle and how these rituals are unified by themes of paganism, magic, and celebrity worship. “Make Believe” deconstructs what it means to believe in magic and how that bleeds into our constructions of spirituality and our understanding of romance.
Sunday, January 27
Alabama Dance Showcase
2:30 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts
The Showcase rounds out the Festival weekend with performances by schools, studios, companies and colleges across the region.
Thursday, January 31
Rosy Simas Danse
6:00 pm, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Community Center, Atmore, Alabama
Native choreographer Rosy Simas (Seneca) breathes life into Weave, a dance project drawn from the interwoven and interdependent nature of our world.
Tickets for each Festival performance (January 25-27) are included in registration packages for dancers and observers. Patrons who wish to purchase tickets separate from Festival registration options should contact the box office for these performances:
Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center at 205 975 2787 or 1 877 278 8457 or online.
Rosy Simas Danse, New Works Concert, Alabama Dance Festival Showcase: Dorothy Jemison Day Theater online.