|Ailey II residency to involve school pupils, dancers|
|Wednesday, January 20, 2010|
Community engagement is a high priority for the modern dance company Ailey II.
The same is true of the Office of the Executive Director for the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Now the two have teamed up on a residency that will have the company in Chapel Hill Jan. 24-25 for activities at UNC and with local public school students.
Ailey II has performed numerous times in the Triangle, most recently at the Carolina Theatre in Durham last October. Founded in 1974 by dance legend Alvin Ailey, Ailey II seeks to match promising young dance talent with emerging voices in contemporary choreography. Many dancers from Ailey II move on to careers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, other contemporary dance companies or as teachers.
The Ailey II residency will include:
The residency will be the second this month sponsored by UNC’s Office of the Executive Director for the Arts, after a visit by dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones Jan. 14-15. Emil Kang, executive director for the arts, said that his office and Ailey II share a mission to promote artistic excellence while maintaining a strong focus on community engagement.
“Our office values the opportunity to connect with the wider Chapel Hill community,” Kang said. “It is both exciting and important to take advantage of the fantastic artistic talent that comes through the Triangle and to connect artists with newer and younger audiences, especially when these connections take place outside the theater.”
The office will sponsor residency activities with more artists throughout the spring in conjunction with programs in the 2009-10 Carolina Performing Arts season.
Dance, hip-hop and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph will be in residence surrounding his Jan. 29 performance of “the break/s: a mixtape for stage” at Memorial Hall. Activities will be announced soon.
In February, the STREB Extreme Action Dance Company will perform twice in Memorial Hall, Feb. 19-20. The company also will perform for Carolina Performing Arts’ School Matinee Feb. 19. For more information about the school matinee, please visit http://eda.unc.edu/engagement/programs/k-12/current.
Famed contemporary dance company Pilobolus will return to Chapel Hill for a March 22 performance and conduct residency activities on the UNC campus.
Ailey II Web site: http://www.alvinailey.org/page.php?p=main&v=5&sec=ailey2
Office of the Executive Director for the Arts contact: Reed Colver, (919) 843-1833,