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NCDA/NCDF New Works Award

The NC Dance Alliance is collaborating with the NC Dance Festival (NCDF) to offer a new choreography award.  NC Choreographers may submit a work in progress or a proposal for a new work, to be performed in one NCDF tour stop. The selected choreographer will be expected to present their work in progress in the NC Dance Alliance’s Spring 2016 Dance Swap, and an informal artist talk sponsored by Dance Project, in addition to the NCDF Tour stop.  The selected choreographer will be awarded the NCDA/NCDF New Works Award of $500 for the creation of the work, and will receive payment ($450) for one performance on the NCDF statewide tour.

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About the 2017 NCDA/NCDF New Works Award Artist:  Chris Yon

110713_Yon_012Chris Yon  is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and recent transplant to North Carolina. He mostly performs, choreographs, and sometimes curates, with and for Taryn Griggs. As a performer, he has worked with and for Yoshiko ChumaJustin JonesKarinne Keithley, David Neumann, and Kristin Van Loon. Yon’s choreographies have been presented nationally and internationally at the American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, La Mama, Symphony Space, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Gershwin Hotel, CBGB’s, The Knitting Factory, Walker Art Center, The Southern Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl, Philadelphia Dance Project, ODC Theater, Velocity Dance Center, Highways Performance Space, Pieter, Project Art Centre (Dublin), Tangente (Montreal), CiteDanse (Grenoble), and Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids). His work has been commissioned by The Danish National School of Performing Arts (Copenhagen), The Wooden Floor (Santa Ana), Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Dublin) and d9 dance collective (Seattle). He has had residencies and space grants from MANCC, The Yard, SILO and BAX. Co-founder of Ur, your neighborhood dance palace in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2003-2005. Recipient: 2003 NYFA Fellowship for Performance Art, 2005 BESSIE Award for Performance, 2009 SAGE Award for Choreography, 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography, 2015 City Pages Best Choreographer. BFA, NYU. MFA, University of Iowa. Presently, he is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University in Boone and shares a rehearsal and teaching practice with Taryn Griggs in Statesville.

Notes from Chris about his new work:  The dance I am making is an, as yet untitled, solo for my long time collaborator and life partner Taryn Griggs.  We have been working from collages of images of historical modern dancers, instructional diagrams for aerobic disco routines, and illustrations of disembodied hands to create our own idiosyncratic vocabulary.  Taryn’s performance is witty and dark.  She is trying to strike a tone of soothing and calm while still reflecting a world that is doom and gloom.


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