Celebrating the most talented emerging choreographers and dancers,Footprints delivers an outstanding presentation of three ADF-commissioned world premieres by groundbreaking artists, performed with impeccable technique and infectious energy by talented ADF students.
Minnesota-based choreographer Wynn Fricke, recipient of seven McKnight Fellowships in Choreography and Performance and two New York State-funded grants from Arts International and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, produces, according to Alternative Energy, precise and virtuosic work “…guided by extremes of physicality. Part of the pleasure of watching it is that the difficult appears effortless; the tiny and delicate, Herculean.” Soweto-born Gregory Maqoma blew audiences away at his ADF debut in 2014. Maqoma is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, director, and scriptwriter. Through his signature integration of traditional and contemporary dance, Maqoma invites audiences to reflect on who we are, where we come from, and how all of these facets, past and present, inform our personal and collective identities today. The primacy of the moving body and detailed attention to embodied presence is at the center of Anna Sperber’s work. Brookyn-based Sperber believes in the poetic potency of choreography and its potential to access a visceral level of transformation in perception as it affects our emotional and psychological states.
New Work by Wynn Fricke is commissioned by ADF with support from the McKnight Artist Fellowship Program at Northrop at the University of Minnesota and the SHS Foundation. New Work by Gregory Maqoma is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance. New Work by Anna Sperber is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance.