Dance Initiative launches Artist in Residency program |

Dance Initiative launches Artist in Residency program

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Carbondale’s Dance Initiative is forging ahead with a new Artist in Residency program, the nonprofit announced this week. The program will host a national, a regional, and a special choreographer to create original work, hold open rehearsals, and share their work with the Roaring Fork community.

The program will kick off March 27 with a special performance by Control Group Productions, directed by Patrick Mueller, Dance Initiative’s first artist in residence. Mueller, who has performed in New York with companies such as the Troika Ranch Dance Theater and in Europe with the Ben J. Riepe and Mancopy dance companies, is faculty and production manager at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. He has taught modern technique workshops for the Spectrum Dance Festival. Mueller will work with Carbondale’s contemporary dance company CoMotion over a three-month period with a public presentation of his work June 6. Mueller will also teach open workshops and offer select open rehearsals for the community to view.

The second resident artist is Molissa Fenley, an internationally known choreographer. Over the course of Fenley’s 36-year career, she has produced more than 75 original works that have been performed on every continent and in the United States at the Joyce Theater, Summerstage, The Kitchen, City Center, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival. She is also faculty at Mills College. Fenley’s weeklong residency will begin Sept. 6 and include an open company class, open rehearsals, workshops and a public presentation Sept. 12.

The final residency will take place over the course of September, October and November, featuring Carbondale’s own Alya Howe. Howe professionally danced with the critically acclaimed Limon Company, served as a faculty at the Laban Institute, and has performed with renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain. She currently teaches yoga in Carbondale and Denver and curates the Justice Snow’s Salon. Howe’s residency will be community-oriented, utilizing local artists in her composition as well as offering workshops for public participation and artist talks. Her residency will conclude with a full evening performance in the late fall.

The program aims to inspire, educate, and spark new (and renewed) appreciation for dance among the Carbondale and Roaring Fork Valley community with an eye toward making Carbondale a hotspot for dance innovation.

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