IDEAS IN MOTION

​Ideas in Motion​ is ​a joint initiative ​supported by NCCAkron, The University of Akron, The University of Akron Foundation, and the Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series in the Arts. This three-pronged initiative​ is meant to challenge students to be versatile and open, while also firmly rooting them in the present dance field.

 

COMMUNITY COMMISSIONING RESIDENCY (FALL)

The annual fall phase of Ideas in Motion, the Community Commissioning Residency continues the work of engaging students and the greater community with a contemporary leading dance artist. Artists are invited to apply through a nomination process by The University of Akron faculty and NCCAkron team members. Faculty, team members, and students serve on the selection committee.

The 2021 Community Commissioning Residency Artist is Ben Needham-Wood (San Francisco, CA). Ben was chosen, in part, for his proposed focus on mental health in his choreographic research. To read more about Ben's residency, click here.

The first annual Community Commissioning Residency Artist was Cara Hagan (Boone, NC) who focused her residency on screen dance. 

Ben Needham-Wood Headshot by Maximillian Tortoriello.jpg
Cara Hagan courtesy of Victor Blanco.jpg

21ST CENTURY DANCE PRACTICES (SPRING)

The annual spring phase of Ideas in Motion, 21st Century Dance Practices is a capsule series representative of genres, geographies, cultural and/or social contexts outside the traditional binary of modern and ballet in a conservatory setting.

SPRING 2021 ARTISTS

Abby Zbikowski (Urbana, IL)

Amy Miller (New York, NY)

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer (Valley Cottage, NY)

Bebe Miller (Columbus, OH) 

Jesse Factor (Pittsburgh, PA)

Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem, NC)

Kayla Farrish (New York, NY)

Paula Mann (Minneapolis, MN–Saint Paul, WI)  

 

SPRING 2020 ARTISTS

Brian Brooks  (New York, NY)

Guillaume Gabriel (France) 

James Graham (San Francisco, CA) 

Mustapha Braimah  (Ghana / Asheville, NC) 

Nicole Klaymoon (San Francisco, CA) 

Paloma McGregor (Brooklyn, NY) 

Raja Feather Kelly (Brooklyn, NY) 

Samantha Speis (New York, NY)

Taja Will (Minneapolis, MN)

 
 

INSIDE THE DANCER'S STUDIO

An ongoing free and open to the public series of interviews with 21st Century Dance Practices artists. This series of lunchtime talks explores creativity, the craft of choreography, and navigating an artistic career.

Our first two seasons of Inside the Dancer's Studio conversations are now available as a podcast! Download and listen on all platforms now. Live events will resume in spring 2022.

Mustapha Braimah in conversation with Ch

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Photo credits: 21st Century Dance Practices and ITDS: Dale Dong