KEIGWIN + COMPANY in Africa

This electrifying contemporary dance company shares its enthusiastic, refreshing, and theatrical vision of dance with communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Founded in 2003 by artistic director Larry Keigwin, KEIGWIN + COMPANY creates and presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance. KEIGWIN + COMPANY reaches national and international audiences and invigorates diverse communities with dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Its education and community projects seek to physically engage audiences and aspiring dancers in movement and the choreographic process. Since KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created 35 dances, including the acclaimed large-scale community project Bolero, which has been commissioned in 12 communities nationwide; Runaway (2008), a fashion-inspired choreographic ride, and Canvas (2013). Over the past decade, KEIGWIN + COMPANY has presented performances at venues including the Kennedy Center, Summerdance Santa Barbara, New York City Center, the Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, and others.

KEIGWIN + COMPANY is committed to engaging individuals in movement and the creative process through community-based work and outreach, as well as education programs for aspiring dancers. KEIGWIN + COMPANY invites community members with little to no dance experience into the creative process. The company’s “Let's Make a Dance” workshop, based on artistic director Larry Keigwin’s collaborative style, guides participants of all ages, levels, and demographics through a choreographic process using games and guided improvisation. In the company's education programs for young dancers, individuals are encouraged to to discover their own creativity and authentic movement while fine-tuning technique under the guidance of the company’s highly skilled teachers.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. Since he founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003, he has created dozens of dances for his company, as well as for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard School, Vail International Dance Festival, and many other organizations. Keigwin’s work in musical theater includes choreography for the off-Broadway production of Rent (2011 Callaway Award), and the Broadway musical If/Then (2013) starring Idina Menzel. As a dancer, Keigwin has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Julie Taymor’s The Magic Flute, in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (earning a 1998 Bessie award for his performance in Dream Analysis), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve. He appeared on Broadway in Dance of the Vampires, and off-Broadway in The Wild Party. He also danced in Julie Taymor’s Oscar-nominated film Across the Universe. Keigwin is co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region as well as provide creative residencies to young and emerging choreographers.

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February – March, 2017

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