Nice Moves: Motion Dance+Theatre’s summer residence (video)

A montage video of the 2011 Motion Dance+Theatre summer residency, June 28-July 17 in Asheville. Video by NKepleyNY

Website: http://www.motiondt.com

From Motion+Dance Theatre’s Facebook page:
Company Overview
Created in 2010, Motion is a contemporary ballet company seeking to combine the talents of the country’s most gifted dancers, who find themselves unemployed during the summer months. In an atmosphere of creativity and discovery, Motion fosters growth in its dancers by pairing them with exciting, young choreographers and allotting them new opportunities to experiment and grow in ways that might not be possible during their working seasons. In turn, the choreographers are encouraged to take risks and make mistakes, and emphasis is placed on process rather than product.
Seeking to create art that is relevant and affecting, Motion is above all a haven for the artists; A place where they can reach beyond themselves and find new levels of creativity. Motion is a place of change, a process of moving in new directions and…a living body for creativity.
Mission
THE VISION OF MOTION:
Created in 2010, Motion is a contemporary ballet company seeking to combine the talents of the countries most gifted dancers who find themselves unemployed during the summer months. In an atmosphere of creativity and discovery, Motion fosters growth in its dancers by pairing them with up and coming choreographers and allotting them new opportunities to experiment and grow in ways that might not be possible during their working seasons. In turn, choreographers are encouraged to explore and make mistakes, and emphasis is placed on process rather than product.
All of this is accomplished in one of the countries most vibrant hubs for the performing arts, New York City. Seeking to create art that is relevant and affecting, Motion is above all a haven for the artists; A place where they can reach beyond themselves and find new levels of creativity. Motion is a place of change, a process of moving in new directions and a living body for creativity.

 

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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