Photo by Takashi Yokoyama
Theresa Duhon, artistic director
Duhon Dance is on hiatus.
2008 was a busy and fulfilling year for Duhon Dance and for Theresa. The most exciting development of the year was when Theresa received an iLAB mini residency along with collaborator biologist Colin Grubel. Together they explored similarities and differences between their fields, worked with cormorants, and developed material in rehearsals with Duhon Dance dancers Sophie DeVore, Cristina Jesurun, Joy Magyawe, Uta Takemura, and Lutin Tanner, as well as various guests. Read more about the residency and see photos.
Another highlight of 2008 was Theresa's guest artist appearance May 19-24 at Sugar Space (a dance studio run by Brittany Reese Dew) in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she taught daily modern technique classes and set several pieces from the Duhon Dance repertory on local dancers, culminating with a performance at the end of the week.
During the course of the year, Theresa created two commissioned works, one for Middle Collegiate Church (a duet she performed with Maya Seidel) and one individual commission, a ballet pas de deux. Additionally, Duhon Dance created and presented two brand-new pieces. One was "Trois Mouvements Perpetuels," an energetic trio to music of the same name by Francis Poulenc, performed by Sophie DeVore, Hae Young Oh, and Theresa at the Dancenow RAW Festival in April. The other was "Jamaica: from the Days of King to Today's Queens," specifically created for the Dance Jamaica! series of dance concerts in Jamaica, Queens. Duhon Dance was one of three companies chosen to perform as part of the series, each receiving one Saturday in October for a site-specific, outdoor performance on the lawn of the new Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Theresa's piece incorporated text by local historical figure Rufus King and was performed by Duhon Dance members Sophie DeVore, Cristina Jesurun, and Lutin Tanner, as well as Theresa, and special guest performer Lynn Brown.
To close out the year, Naoko Matsumoto performed "Donde Voy," a solo Theresa choreographed for her in 2002, and Theresa joined Naoko in a structured improv performance at Isabella House, where Naoko teaches hula dance.
As we move forward into 2009, Duhon Dance will continue to both explore new work and revisit old pieces. Our next scheduled performance will be Saturday, May 2, in Green Space Blooms, an annual curated concert of Queens choreographers at Green Space in LIC, Queens. There we will show "A Sense of Small," a series of solos performed to various poems and other excerpted text read live, which was choreographed in 2004.
Stay tuned for news of other upcoming performances and events!
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