Our Model

 

 

 

For Wideman/Davis Dance, movement means many things. As artists, we invite audiences to connect with us, and each other, through movement. Audience members can discuss how they are moved by performance; feelings can be evocative or provocative. They can move themselves. Or they can be moved to think—or think differently—about an issue or the world around them. Working with us, presenters, colleges, and community partners reach their audiences in a range of ways.

Performance. The main way we move audiences is through the dances we create. Our choreography draws from a rich lineage in contemporary dance and is created with collaborators in music, media, and visual arts. Often, choreography is influenced by issues in history and the humanities. At its core, our works explore human relationships. Sometimes the choreography highlights love and connection, and the sheer beauty of human movement and interaction. And, as in life, sometimes our work reveals human conflict, rooted in the oppression and social structures that limit our country’s progress, both historically and today.

Dialogue. When coupled with performance, conversations can move people—emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Crucial to engaging audiences are our facilitated dialogues after performances. In collective discussions, audiences are encouraged to explore, question, and sometimes confront the issues raised by performances. We hope that audiences leave feeling enlightened, educated, and inspired.

 

 

Shared Movement Experiences. All people move. We set up environments that encourage people to draw from their own innate movement abilities and choices. As teachers and facilitators, we learn with our students, avoiding the traditional hierarchy, where the teacher is the authority and emulation is encouraged. Whether a pointe class or a choreography workshop or a session at a senior center, people make kinesthetic connections with those around them—including us—through both movement and dialogue.

Commissions. Commissions challenge dance companies and students to move in new ways. We have been commissioned by numerous professional companies, presenters, and educators to create works ranging in length, size, and format. Whether for a dance ensemble, humanities program, or dance department, we charge dancers to look with broader eyes at their own communities and daily surroundings, which in turn sharpens their own perspectives and builds their interpretive and performance skills. View our repertory and past commissions.

Community building. Residencies can move communities to build connections, understand each other better, and work together in the future. From churches to senior centers to colleges to schools, we tailor residencies to proactively engage groups of people in community-based settings. Learn more about our audiences and the ways we have collaborated.