Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008
INSPIRIT, a Bronx-based dance company formed to provide a forum for collaboration among emerging female artists and choreographers, will be in residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Wednesday, April 2 through Friday the 4th.
Artistic Director Christal Brown describes the company as a "forum for collaboration among young African-American female artists and choreographers…. These artists come from various cultural backgrounds and life experiences, allowing INSPIRIT to draw from and project a kaleidoscopic view of the world."
The 12-member company includes Chevon Stewart '04, who says she is thrilled to be returning to HWS with INSPIRIT. Raised in the Bronx and Beacon, N.Y., she now lives in Brooklyn and works as a performer, teaching artist and yoga instructor.
An Arts Scholar at William Smith, Stewart graduated with a B.A. in dance and psychology and went on to perform with the Urban Bush Women's apprentice program, Arthur Aviles Typical Dance Theater, Keila Cordova Dances, among other companies. She currently dances with INSPIRIT and Baraka De Soliel’s D Underbelly.
Since its inception in 2000, INSPIRIT has performed in New York City in Aaron Davis Hall, The Joyce Soho, and Alvin Ailey Dance Center; at The Dance Place and The Lincoln Theater, both in Washington, D.C., and in colleges and theaters from North Carolina to California.
During the residency, company members will teach a dance technique master class, perform a lecture-demonstration at Geneva Middle School for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and present a concert of original works on Friday in the Winn Seeley Gym-Theater.
The company will also meet informally with HWS students to discuss the role of artists in their communities and the relationship between artists and communities around issues of social change.
Brown grew up in Kinston, N.C. and received her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduating, she toured nationally with Chuck Davis's African-American Dance Ensemble and internationally with Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks.
She later danced with Gesel Mason Performance Projects and was an apprentice with the Liz Lerman Dance Exhange before moving to NYC and finding a home with the Urban Bush Women, where she spent three seasons as a principal performer, community specialist and apprentice program coordinator.
Tickets for INSPIRIT's Friday night concert will be available at the Winn-Seeley Box Office beginning at 7 p.m.: $7 for general admission, $5 for HWS faculty-staff and $3 for students. The performance begins at 8 p.m.
This project is supported by the NYS DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program and Altria Group, Inc. Additional funding for the residency and performance is provided by the Dance Department of HWS Colleges.