The Miners Foundry is pleased to present the Nevada City Dance Festival, the first festival of professional dance in Western Nevada County. Presented with a grant from the California Arts Council, the Nevada City Dance Festival will offer master classes for local dancers, a gala reception, and two professional dance performances by visiting companies. dawsondancesf will perform on Tuesday, November 17th and Kimberly Miguel-Mullen will perform on Thursday, November 19th. The Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m. the night of each performance, with the theatre opening at 6:30 p.m. and the performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per performance for General Admission seating, plus ticketing fees. Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.
November 14 ~ Master Class
November 17 ~ Gala Reception
November 17 ~ Performance by dawsondancesf
November 18 ~ Master Class
November 19 ~ Performance by Kimberly Miguel-Mullen
dawsondancesf breaks down the barriers placed on classical ballet and brings to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves, allowing them to explore their voices through choreography and vision. Through this process, artists transform themselves, audiences, and the world of dance that surrounds them. Artistic Director Gregory Dawson formed dawsondancesf in 2007 as an outlet for his choreographic goals and vision and has choreographed a piece specifically for the Osborn/Woods Hall.
“Having created a good amount of my larger works in unconventional spaces, I find myself attracted to the challenge. So much so that I find myself slightly uncomfortable with the conventional proscenium. Indeed what attracts me to those spaces is the history that lies within. The richness of the architect, the sweat that was behind the construction of the edifice, and most definitely how lives are effected by it existence. Having visited the Miners Foundry, I was inspired to create a composition that is intimate and inclusive, and having the structure be the gateway into the world that we will create.” ~ Gregory Dawson
Kimberly Miguel-Mullen is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist who has performed in the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Tobago, Cuba, and Hong Kong. As a solo artist, she was one of a chosen few to perform with the late legendary Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella. The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple”, a well-crafted mixture of Silvestre contemporary dance and traditional techniques from the African diaspora. Mullen, who earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, actively pursues her interests in dance ethnography and traveling throughout the world while creating links among cultures through the expression of dance.
California Arts Council Local Impact grants are awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support add fostering equity, access , and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities. The Mission of the California Arts Council is to advance California through the arts and creativity.