Zephyr Dance’s aMID festival highlights aging choreographers

unnamed-2 aMID festival performers This January, Zephyr Dance is shining the spotlight on mid-career performers and choreographers with the aMID festival. While maturing dancers and choreographers performing their own work rarely find themselves in the limelight, they continue creating, infusing dance with a command of movement and stage only possible through years of experience. aMID festival focuses on aging choreographers making and performing works while expanding the notion of virtuosity in dance. The festival takes place over two long weekends, January 21 through January 25 and January 28 through January 31. The first weekend features Bob Eisen, Deborah Hay and Cynthia Oliver. The second weekend features K.J. Holmes, Pranita Jain, Bebe Miller and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. Zephyr Dance, an experimental dance company, performs both weekends, presenting pieces by Artistic Director and Founder Michelle Kranicke. “aMID celebrates the underserved performing body of the aging artists and challenges commonly held views regarding the age demographic of a dancer/mover or physical performing artist,” said Kranicke. “The festival accentuates the aesthetic shifts that come with a consistent art/movement practice, as well as those that accompany working with one’s body as it ages and changes.” The festival examines how technique shifts as ability alters in older dancers, and the different stages of creation and movement undergone in a long choreographic career. The goal is to defy assumptions of typical dance performance. Additionally, aMID festival features Moving Dialogs, a free conversation Tuesday, January 26, featuring some of the guest performers at Links Hall. The choreographers will discuss the differences of the early and later phases of their careers. Tickets are $50 for the entire festival and $15-$17 for single tickets at the door. Single tickets are $12-$17 online and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, visit zephyrdance.com or linkshall.org.
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Miriam Finder Annenberg