What if you could taste a dance?
Basin Arts and Runaway Dish present a dance and food performance event at Acadiana Center for the Arts on AUGUST 3-5, 2017
Basin Arts and Runaway Dish, in partnership with the Acadiana Center for the Arts, present STIR, a unique dance and food performance event mixing the senses together and taking inspiration from some of life’s basic necessities; food and movement. STIR, at the James Moncus Theater, Thursday August 3rd, Friday August 4th, and Saturday August 5th with performances at 7:30pm nightly. A second show also occurs on Friday August 4th at 9:30pm.
The seed for STIR began with one question; What if you could taste a dance? Five choreographers are collaborating with five chefs and together they will premiere five original dance works, accompanied by five different bites of food.
Featured choreographers include: Frances Barker, Clare Cook, Gina Hanchey, Paige Krause and Sharon Leahy. Featured chefs include: Jeremy Connor (Cellar Salt Co.), Jamie Harson & Kelsey Leger (Scratch Farm Kitchen), Justin Girouard (The French Press), Manny Augello (Bread & Circus) and Katie Platt (Feel Good Food).
All of the dances take inspiration from food but each choreographer has created an entirely different world for their dance. Frances Barker’s dance is all about dining alone. Clare Cook’s piece titled, Ripe Figs Won’t Keep, is a collaboration with poet Kelly Clayton and composer Amy Burgess, looking at the seasons of a life and the moments of ripeness within through a fig’s eyes.
Gina Hanchey choreographs the intricacies of a restaurant operation, from kitchen prep to table service. Paige Krause delicately explores the five senses as inspired by childhood food stories from Chef Manny Augello with music by Allison Bohl Dehart (Kind Cousin) and illustrations by Kelli Foret Richard. Sharon Leahy premieres an original dance film, Ground Fine; all about our rocky relationship to the foods we love but know are not good for us.
On Thursday August 3rd there is an Opening Night Celebration! Tickets for this night only are $125 and include a pre-show cocktail reception with specialty cocktails designed by Dark Roux. A post-performance party follows at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with live music, dancing and food provided by the Acadian Superette. Tickets for the Opening Night Celebration help to make STIR possible and help Basin Arts and Runaway Dish continue to foster exciting creative collaborations that push Lafayette’s artistic and cultural identity forward. Tickets for Friday August 4th and Saturday August 5th are $40/general admission and $35/AcA Members, students and seniors. The performance is the same each night. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.acadianacenterforthearts.org/stir or by calling the AcA box office at 337.233.7060
For high-resolution press photos of the featured choreographers, rehearsal photos and the STIR poster, visit this link to download: http://bit.ly/stirpromophotos. All photos should be credited to Denny Culbert.
Basin Arts is a container for creativity in Lafayette, La; an arts center that supports and implements cross-disciplinary collaboration, allowing Lafayette’s creative class to come together, share, experiment, and focus on process over product. Basin Arts creates opportunities for artistic expression across generations through dance classes, visual arts residencies, gallery programming and special events; all aimed at enhancing the artistic identity of our community.