Friday, January 25
Rosy Simas Danse
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre at 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 25
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.
Saturday, January 25
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
2:00 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.
Tickets for each performance are included in Festival 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.