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Middle a new work by Alyssa Noble


Middle is a solo I built for the “Bear it/Bare it/Bear Witness” exhibit, a multidisciplinary showcase of art with a central theme of reproductive trauma that is spearheaded by Cassie Rowe. The exhibit will live in the Truist Gallery at the Durham Arts Council from April 11th – June 4th, 2022 and will feature a version of Middle as a dance film, in addition to hosting live performances of the piece on April 15th and May 20th.

Middle is a dance solo that integrates my experience with physical hormonal pain and my evolving/conflicting feelings around the idea of myself as a parent. It touches on themes of familial pressure, erasure of self, and the cyclical nature of menstruation. I’ve been working on this piece on and off since March of 2021, and most recently I’ve been working with fellow Durham dance artist Maddie Braxton as a rehearsal assistant of sorts. It’s a work in progress for now, and I’m excited to share it.

***Proof of vaccination and masks required.

Limited seating available. Registration Required! For any questions, please contact Jennifer Scully-Thurston, jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org

Alyssa Noble

Alyssa Noble is a modern dancer, choreographer, dance dramaturg, and community organizer from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and has been dancing in the Triangle ever since! Alyssa primarily creates and performs work with A+A Dance Company in Durham, and she is currently teaching dance at Monarch Movement Company in Hillsborough, NC.

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In addition to dancing for other local independent choreographers, Alyssa co-organized Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA), an organization that curated and marketed seasons of independent dance in Durham, from 2016-2020. Alyssa is interested in facilitating joy, developing community relationships, increasing accessibility around modern dance, and connecting artists with resources.

Alyssa has been a member of the Durham dance community since 2011 as a student, a community organizer with Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA), an independent choreographer, an arts activist, and a performer. Alyssa has self-produced two evening-length works as co-director of A+A Dance Company – What You Want in 2017 and Don’t Get Any Ideas, Little Lady in 2019 – in addition to performing her own work solo and performing work by other local artists.

Creatively, Alyssa is interested in finding ways that she can use my dancemaking to subvert the notion that vulnerable or charged emotional exchanges should be reserved for only our closest personal relationships. Alyssa is also interested in subverting the notion that women need to be polite (i.e., not angry or “emotional”) in public spaces, and in challenging the audience-performer relationship beyond the traditional passive observer framework.

Her overarching artistic practice goals are to prioritize work that supports independent artist vitality and to engage audiences in critical thinking around dance. She aims to create and participate in projects that initiate and continue important societal conversations, to increase inclusivity and accessibility levels of all of the projects that she is involved in, and to create and share resources as broadly as possible with other independent artists.

Follow Alyssa on Instagram @ascho3.

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