The Bipeds Dance Company will be launching its 2018 season Saturday at Shadowbox Studio in Durham. Dancers, musicians, filmmakers and more will be joining The Bipeds, a project-based, modern dance company, to kick-start their season.
The company is led by choreographer and dancer Stacy Wolfson and banjo player and songwriter Curtis Eller. The two work together to create shows that combine music, lyrics, dance and movement into one cohesive production.
Eller said that he first started collaborating with Wolfson when she integrated his band, Curtis Eller's American Circus, into the movement of her own show. He said that the success of that show prompted them to pursue a partnership and start writing from scratch.
“It’s hard to describe, but easy to understand,” Eller said. “As a performer, I’m really interested in the potential of movement as a very expressive tool, and Stacy, as a choreographer, has always gravitated towards a collaborative approach. We wanted it to be fun for people to come and see, so we allow the performers to put their own personality into the choreography and the music and the singing.”
The company’s season will not just include dance performances, but will rather be a multimedia project. In addition to working towards their big performance held in June, the Bipeds are also recording an album and working with filmmakers to create visual representations of each of their songs. Two of these films will be premiered at this weekend’s launch party.