THE BELL HOUSE PRESENTS
THE 2017 EXCHANGE CHOREOGRAPHY FESTIVAL,
BRINGING 23 BUDDING CHOREOGRAPHERS AND
CLEVELAND’S INLET DANCE THEATRE TO TULSA FOR CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
The Bell House’s EXCHANGE is the only dance festival of its kind in the region, a weekend dedicated to fostering conversation about the creative process among dancemakers. Now in its fifth year, EXCHANGE prioritizes and supports choreographic process and artistic community in the tradition of dance centers like New York City’s Judson Church.
Held August 24-26, 2017, at Holland Hall’s Walter Arts Center, EXCHANGE features informal performances by 23 developing choreographers from across the country at 6:30pm on the first two evenings, followed by a choreography workshop and networking opportunities. All events are open to the public.
EXCHANGE culminates in a Gala performance at 6pm on August 26, featuring works from 2017 guest artist Bill Wade and his INLET Dance Theatre from Cleveland, Ohio. INLET arrives in Tulsa fresh from an August 4 performance at the legendary Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. INLET dancer Dominic Moore-Dunson, recipient of the Creative Community Fellowship and mentored by Mr. Wade, will be Exchange Choreography Festival’s Featured Guest Choreographer, presenting his work The Black Card Project.
Three review-accepted submissions will contest for a “Best of the Fest” honor, awarded with a slot in the Saturday night Gala along with dance film shorts on the nature of making art in dance, a local choreographic project by Rachel Bruce Johnson, and a performance by New York City artist, Shawn Rawls. Other events include a lecture on the topic of “Artist as Entrepreneur” by guest artist Bill Wade.
The festival will be held at Holland Hall’s Walter Arts Center, 5666 E 81st St., Tulsa, OK 74136, and is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
For more information, contact (918) 549-1231, email email@example.com, or visit http://www.thebellhouse.info/exchange-choreography-festival.html.
photo by Nathan Harmon; dancers: Jessica Vokoun & Rachel Bruce Johnson.
PC: Jeanne S. Mam-Luft
It is a simple philosophy here at THE BELL HOUSE; make connections by bringing people together through dance. Art that seeks to defy a fractured view of the world by creating culture that cares for the soul and is concerned with human thriving. For me, it isn’t enough to just make dance for dance’s sake; it is my belief that it is the connective power of people that makes art worth engaging. We do that by taking our interests and talents and challenging the ways we connect them to something tangible in the human experience. It is through these connections and tangibilities that we see the true power of art and dance manifest back to relationships with and through people. In my view, what matters is people; the time and space of making work refract and overlap revealing and creating new possibilities for human connection.