Many dancers wearing black and gold stand leaning to their right with their right arm extended downward across their bodies.

Joanna Kotze


Program: ‘lectric Eye
Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission 
Joanna Kotze Website

For her ADF season debut, Joanna Kotze, who has been described as a “ruthlessly elegant dancer and choreographer” by Time Out New York, brings to ADF ‘lectric Eye. The hour-long dance performance responds to collective and personal loss and isolation and draws attention to the human body’s potential for persistence, resistance, and power. ‘lectric Eye uses the connection between music and movement to push physical and sonic limits, both as a collective and as individuals.
Ten North Carolina artists who appeared in Joanna’s staging of BIG BEATS for ADF this past fall will perform in ‘lectric Eye alongside Kotze, Wendell Gray II, Molly Heller, Symara Johnson, and musician/composer Ryan Seaton. Costumes are by Christian Joy and lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann.

“It’s sexy, glitzy and mind-boggling in its intricate unison. As a group they step, turn, lunge, plié, kick, dip, relevé—constantly changing direction to a droning disco beat punctuated by the sound of drumsticks. Sound and movement are equal partners in choreographer Joanna Kotze’s work, and for ’lectric Eye, musical collaborator, Ryan Seaton, emerges from the sound booth to perform a fully integrated role onstage.
The entertaining opening number is followed with discomfiting solos by Kotze, Wendell Gray II, Symara Johnson, and Molly Heller. These dancers allow us to feel their experience in real time—the exhaustion, the coping, the giving in.
The work is gutsy. Kotze and company looks you straight in the eye and holds its gaze.
Karen Hildebrand, Fjord Review

Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30pm *post performance discussion
Thursday, June 22 at 7:30pm

Photo credit: Maria Baranova

Parking: Parking is available for free in the Campus Drive Lot, located near the intersection of Campus Dr & Anderson St.

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The development of ‘lectric Eye was made possible by The Bogliasco Foundation, The Yard, EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency, Loghaven Artist Residency, Dance Programme Malmö, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, Mount Tremper Arts through funding from the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency at Dance Place, the Resident Artist Program at Movement Research supported by the Rosin Fund, and The Nathan M. Clark Foundation. Special thanks to all our Kickstarter backers for their support!