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Saturday December 3rd

Collaborative Dance Event Merges Styles

But the event will do more than merely pay lip service to this idea.

Instead, a collection of dancers throughout the Triangle will perform a variety of pieces, basically weaving the works together to form one coherent whole. Durham dance company Brookerdance is hosting the event.

Maureen Jordan, a member of Brookerdance, explained that her company is one of many involved in the production.

"What makes this different from other shows like this is that instead of a collection of a bunch of different people's works all thrown together, the choreographers have worked together and tried to find a relationship between their works," she said.

Instead of one group finishing its piece and vacating the stage for the next group, transitions between dances have been choreographed to maintain flow and make the performance feel like one large work.

The dances will bear the markings of their own choreographers and range in style from modern to traditional African to Brazilian capoeira, a mixture of martial arts and dance.

Jordan said that Rachel Brooker, the founder of Brookerdance, came up with the idea for "Woven" and pursued it by placing advertisements for dancers in local papers and speaking with other area choreographers. This is the first time Brookerdance has participated in this type of collaborative show.

When Brookerdance held auditions for "Woven," the interest among potential performers was phenomenal.

"Of course, we couldn't fit everyone in the show, or it would last all day long," Jordan said.

But even pared down for size, the show has broadened the scope of possibility in Triangle area dance and promoted conversation among area dancers.

"It gave dancers from around the area a chance to work together, and that was part of the goal, to get everyone communicating," Jordan said.

"Woven: A Dance Partnership" takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday in the ArtsCenter. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for regular admission. Call the ArtsCenter at 929-2787 for more information.

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