Where have we been, what are we doing, where are we going, and how do we get there? Long Center Resident Company Tapestry Dance Company presents a contemporary rhythm journey in “Time” this weekend at the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre. We caught up with Director Acia Gray to get an insider’s perspective about the upcoming show. Don’t miss Tapestry Dance’s premier of Time – A Journey Toward Present Grace, at the Long Center April 12-14.
It’s been a few seasons since Tapestry Dance Company has tackled a premiere that deals with a topic other than an historical perspective or tribute to the incredible history and legacy of tap dance. With “The Souls of Our Feet”” and “April Fools” being two of those critically acclaimed and successful examples, returning to my love of contemporary and theatrical work has been a wonderful journey over the last few weeks.
Working in a collaborative playground with the dancers of Tapestry as well as guest artist, beat poet Zell Miller, this new work “Time” presents a rhythm journey based on a concept and definition of “the man-made illusion of control we call time.”
Where have we been, what are we doing, where are we going, and how do we get there? – are just some of the questions that have brought unique rhythmic responses not only from my pallet but some of the best young tap dancers on the international stage today. Not only are these young artists presenting my individual work within the entire evening, but also their own comedic and poignant choreography in addition to diverse and theatrical spoken word and theatre responding to the challenge of the definition of time. This ensemble creation shows a beautiful diversity to the company that is rarely seen. I’m honored to have such a creative “team” in place to play with. I can’t wait to witness the final product!
Tapestry Dance Company is North America’s only full-time professional repertory tap dance company directed by award winning dance artist Acia Gray.