The third annual Nashville Fringe Festival bills itself as “a celebration of the arts featuring music, dance, crafts, spoken word, film and performance art of all varieties.”
Dance will be well-represented at the festival, with Inimois Dance, Kirstin Kapustik, Kim & Company, Simone Sobers, Gierre Godley, Heritage Dance Project and Shauna Dever all scheduled to perform. Their concert starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Rutledge, 410 Fourth Ave. South. Tickets are $5.
Here’s the rundown on some of the festival’s dance groups.
Cultural Reflex Dance Project was started when Megan Harrold received her fiscal sponsor from Fractured Atlas in December of 2008. The company, originally based in Richmond, Va. relocated to Nashville Tenn. in Augest 2009 and to New York City in October 2010. It continues to be a pick-up company for its members as well as a collaborative investigation between Megan Harrold and composer Charlie Rauh. Since its creation, the company has performed in Reykjavik Iceland, Puebla, Mexico, Chicago Ill., New York, Sheridan, Wyo., NYC, Richmond Va., College Park, Md., Nashville Tenn., Athens Ga. and Birmingham, Ala.
Kim & Company
Kim & Company is a contemporary dance company currently based in Valdosta, Ga. but is relocating to Nashville, Tenn. this month. The company is interested in creating collaborative works that explore interesting and inventive movement with artists in the community.
Simone Sobers Dance
Simone Sobers Dance, founded in 2010, is a New York City-based contemporary dance company with a vision of presenting works that focus on sharing the eclectic, transformative, vulnerable and celebratory stories of women through the art of dance. The company has a two-fold mission to share their work globally and to increase the visibility of women of color in modern and post-modern dance.
Gierre Godley is a native of Little Rock, Ark. While in Arkansas he trained with C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. Gierre also had the privilege to train at the Ailey School and with Deeply Rooted Dance Production in Chicago, Ill. While in New York, Gierre has performed at St. Marks Church, The FAB Festival, The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, The American Dance Guild Festival, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Joyce SOHO, SummerStage (East River Park), Battery Park (Downtown Dance Festival), DUMBO Dance Festival, The Cunningham Studio, Kimbel Theater and at Greenspace in Queens to name a few. He has been a guest artist with Nathan Trice/Rituals, Abraham.In.Motion, Naganuma Dance, Rainwater Dancers, Neville Dance Theatre, Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Yoo and Dancers, Trio Dance Collective and Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre, Jazz Aint Dead, and Adams Company Dance to name a few. Gierre is currently the co-artistic director of his own repertory duet company.
Heritage Dance Project
Heritage Dance Project was founded in 2007. Its mission is to provide dancers of all ages with a comprehensive artistic education that fosters excellence in technical performance, freedom in artistic creation, a greater awareness of dance as an intrinsic form of human expression and a deeper understanding of the cultural impact of the arts. The goal is to develop dancers who possess technical proficiency, creative liberty, critical thinking and an appreciation of the artistic self.
For more on the Nashville Fringe Festival visit www.nashvillefringefestival.org.