Angharad Davies / Nic Lincoln
Angharad Davies makes new dance works that embrace emotion and straddle the line between the sincere and the synthetic. To create her dances, she gleans from a diverse set of tools including movement, improvisational scores, text, video, and music, and she collaborates with both professional and non-professional performers. She is pro-narrative, influenced by the fragmentation of collage and mash-ups, and captivated by the hard jump cuts of film, television, and comic book art. Davies’ choreography has been presented at venues throughout the U.S. and Germany, including Danspace Project & Joyce SoHo (NYC); Ballhaus Naunynstrasse & Radialsystem (Berlin); Bryant Lake Bowl, Patrick’s Cabaret, Ritz Theater, & Ted Mann Concert Hall (MPLS); Cleveland Museum of Art (OH); ODC (San Francisco); and Yale.
New piece for Momentum:
The Scraps (working title), Angharad Davies’ new all-female dance-theater quartet, found inspiration from a feeling that surfaced after the birth of her daughter: all at once, there existed no past or future, only a present and falling through it. This new project explores identity as memories fade, change, or disappear altogether. “In the genuinely dusky light of real human memory there is an activity far less sure of itself than the effortlessly recounted stories of today’s sculpted memoirs.” — John D’Agata, from his essay, mer-mer. Memory flows in and out of the present moment to give shape and meaning to our lives. Davies turns her choreographic lens onto the elliptical DNA of memory. Through the mashing together of a precise gestural vocabulary with abandoned choreography, text and music, the performers fall repeatedly for much of the duration of the work. In the process, they grasp for answers to the following questions: Who do we become without our memories? How does each new, changed, or lost memory alter us? Do we change as our memories change? Does the fallibility of our memories make our biographies more interesting?
Nic Lincoln is an instinctive seeker of beauty who takes inspiration from pop culture and visual art to voice his activism through dance. For nine years, James Sewell Ballet has acted as a creative incubator for Lincoln. He has danced with Dayton Ballet, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet and performed as a guest artist for Corbin Dances, National Choreographer’s Initiative and Shapiro & Smith, among others. He is a proud recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dance and has been named “Best Dancer” by the City Pages as well as one of three “Artists Who We Love” by MN Monthly magazine.
New piece for Momentum:
Lincoln’s as yet untitled new work will be an all-male quintet that explores societies’ primal tendencies, examining group behaviors in animals and hyper-sexualized individuals in order to encircle around subjects of gender and power. As a gay man Lincoln has historically have found artistic comfort collaborating with women. This piece will be his first time working choreographically with men, a switch that he says equally excites and terrifies him. The change in gender, although a simple idea, presents endless new artistic variations. Dancers from James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, and Zenon will be featured in this work. Music will be composed and performed live by Venus De Mars, lead singer from the band All the Pretty Horses.
Thursday, July 16 @ 8pm
Friday, July 17 @ 8pm - POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Saturday, July 18 @ 8pm
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