2023 demonstrated, once again, the resilience and passion of our Atlanta Dance Community. We witnessed the creation of new works, new residency programs, volunteerism, and a community that is determined to keep making things happen. DanceATL would like to acknowledge those accomplishments throughout this past year as part of our Applause Board initiative, which collects submissions from the community year round.
Part of our mission as an organization is to provide support for artists in the community, and to celebrate their wins, big and small. We will continue to take applause board submissions for the upcoming year and publish another end-of-year Applause Board issue to celebrate the achievements of 2024.
Movement Arts Atlanta‘s documentary film “A Time with Isadora” premiered in Athens and Atlanta. The film and the performance project of the same name explored how one artist influences many, and specifically drew inspiration from Atlanta’s Olmstead linear parks and Modern dance pioneer, Isadora Duncan.
Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company presented their production “Breathe,” featuring 16 separate choreographic works centered around finding meaning in grief.
Ballethnic Dance Company premiered “Enter the Jungle- with Ballethnic & Friends,” a 2 act interactive performance of music and dance.
Dance Canvas celebrated their 15th Anniversary season with their CCDI Performance Series at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts.
DanceATL’s third A.M. Collaborative cohort showcased their collaborative and interdisciplinary works to a sold-out audience of community members. The event showcased the work of 15+ artists in a variety of disciplines including projection mapping, large-scale paper sculpture installation, dance film, chamber music, puppetry, ink prints, sensors and live performance.
Full Radius Dance presented “Alice, Peter, & Dorothy,” the result of a deep dive by Douglas Scott into the fantasy works Alice in Wonderland, Peter and Wendy, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, explored within a disability-centric lens.
Atlanta Chinese Dance Company presented “We Belong Here: Rising Against Asian Hate,” which showcased a collection of folk, classical, and contemporary Chinese dances celebrating the Atlanta AAPI community’s humanity. The production culminated in a new work inspired by past and present Asian American civil rights movements.
Beacon Dance, now in their 62nd performing season and continuing their commitment to producing free dance events in Atlanta, presented 6 new works by local choreographers in their program “Moving Bodies/Moving Hearts/Moving Minds.”
Decatur City Dance celebrated 75 years of dance with an Alumni gala and performance.
Atlanta hosted the Dance/USA national conference, bringing dance artists and organizations from all over the country to our city to experience what Atlanta dance has to offer.
Sammy Spriggs self-produced an interactive performance project “… I feel that” in June 2023 at Dance Foundry. Working with collaborators Leo Briggs, Sharon C. Carelock and M Wu, the ensemble explored joy and resilience, creating a multidimensional performance experience for audiences to witness and engage with, incorporating guided movement practice, live dance, food and conversation.
Leo Briggs and HG Gruebmeyer presented “Lavender Hill: an evening of transsexual performance.” Featuring a reimagined work from 2020, and two premieres, the performance incorporated personally intimate subject matter through poetry, spoken text and dynamic movement.
La Candela Flamenco hosted several lunchtime performances on the Broad St Boardwalk in collaboration with Downtown Atlanta. Featuring outdoor live flamenco dance and music, audiences were treated to free performances all summer long.
Bautanzt Here launched “Site Specific Dance Hub,” a unique program that combined the research attributes of a residency and educational qualities of a workshop, while providing a stipend for the selected participating artists. In 2023, the Hub’s theme was the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop and featured free public workshops with the Hub’s leaders, Artistic Director Nadya Zeitlin and guest artist Xavier Lewis of VIA UNI. The Site Specific Dance Hub program culminated with free public performances in city parks and collaborated with WeOnFyre Cypher.
Fuerta Dance Company presented “Sole,” an evening of new choreographic works by Meg Morrisey, Audrey Crabtree and Jenn Klammer exploring identity and the delicate places that make us who we are.
SOMOS, the company, led by founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Angelita Itzanami, presented their first production “SOMOS, the performance.” Itzanami founded SOMOS as a vehicle for connecting her Mexican identity and heritage with her contemporary dance training, as well as empowering her collaborators and audiences to connect with their roots.
Under the direction of Jacqui Hinkson, EXCAVATE BODY premiered their inaugural work “AVALANCHE,” a multidisciplinary performance.
Parama Roy Bardhan, an Indian Classical Dancer, has been practicing Bharatanatyam for more than 17 years. Parama has performed so far in a number of events including some prestigious International Festivals in the USA. She has won National and International competitions in India and Australia. She has been selected for the National Padma Krishna Award from the Ministry of Culture Government of India (Award ceremony took place in November 2023 in India).
Independent choreographer Patsy Collins self-produced her first evening-length work “subzero,” and received coverage in Into the Proscenium, ArtsATL and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Cherish Dance hosted their third annual “Peace Day” performance event. Featuring performances by dance artists, musicians, and poets, all proceeds from these events have been donated to “Peace One Day.”
FyreNation Crew celebrated the third anniversary of their community programming “WeOnFyre Cypher.” These family friendly and free cyphers have been hosted throughout the Metro Atlanta area as well as internationally over the course of the past three years.
The third annual Fall for Fall Dance Festival showcased works from more than 30 choreographers over the course of two days.
New aerial and movement arts company Crux Collective premiered their inaugural performance, “Catalyst.”
Bautanzt Here presented their one-of-a-kind interactive dance theater work “The Othering,” featuring live audience input on the original sound score by Dan Carey Bailey for the pre-show performances, as well as in-the-moment audience voting to determine certain performance outcomes. Choreographer Nadya Zeitlin collaborated with artist Eddie Farr, who created an app for the audience feedback, as well as a sculptural lighting element to communicate audience voting outcomes to the performers in real time.
Corian Ellisor / Ella/Saurus/Rex presented a one-woman-show, “Leaving Ellanta,” a night of drag, dance, singing, comedy, theater and good old fashioned entertainment.
Atlanta-based contemporary dance company Kit Modus presented a mixed-rep performance featuring a repertory work by guest choreographer Mark Casertas, and premieres by guest artist Marco Palomino and company Artistic Director Jillian Mitchell.
Decatur School of Ballet continued their Meli Kaye Residency program throughout 2023, supporting independent choreographers towards the creation of new works by providing studio space, and work-in-progress showings for their selected artists.
Rise City Dance launched their “Rising Artist Residency” in 2023, providing artists with studio space, feedback and informal showings at their Rise City Annex.
Jacquelyn (Jacque) Pritz completed a residency at Rise City Dance this Fall, launched her company Catching Mangoes Dance and received an Alternate ROOTS grant for her work. She is creating a dance to premiere in Beacon Dance’s repertory show in Spring 2024.
Ballethnic Dance Company celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Urban Nutcracker production.