As part of the National Dance Day GSO celebration on September 19, 2020, we'll be bringing an interactive art installation to LeBauer Park, the usual site of the in-person event. “Through art, we can bring something to the community in the park space that folks can enjoy safely and on their own time that still captures the spirit of interaction through movement that National Dance Day inspires,” said Amanda Miller, GDPI Director of Programs and Marketing.
Muralist, Darlene McClinton, and choreographer, Alexandra Joye Warren, have been commissioned to collaborate on a temporary mural to be painted on the stage floor of the Price/Bryan Performance Pavilion in LeBauer that will inspire movement through creative prompts and artistic design elements. Inspired by classic board game design, like Twister and Shoots and Ladders, park visitors will be able to move through and interact with the mural in a series of playful interpretations. Installation for the mural will begin on Friday, September 18 to be completed by the end of the National Dance Day celebration on Saturday, September 19.
Upon installation, four choreographers, Gelly Long, Dylan Reddish, Laura Gutierrez, and Nicole Lawson, have been invited to interpret the mural through artistic movement on site and in their own dance styles. This portion of the project comes by way of a partnership between Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. and Dance Project, Inc. as a kickstart to the organization's 30th North Carolina Dance Festival. The festival, also going virtual this year, brings professional modern and contemporary dance choreography from North Carolina artists to audiences across the state.
The entire mural process, from installation to interpretation, will be documented by video producer, Paul Byun, and Park Photographer, Jennifer Scheib, to be shared with the public as a documentary-short following the National Dance Day celebration.
Your Support Means a lot
Like all of our programs at Greensboro Downtown Parks, National Dance Day GSO is free to attend every year. We're proud to put this event on, showcasing the talented performing artists of our local community. Especially this year, when the corona virus pandemic has taken an incredible toll on non-profits like us, artists, and the entire creative sector, we're grateful to have this event as a shining example of what coming together looks like, even when we have to be apart. Support from individuals and sponsor organizations is critical to bolstering the work of the local arts and culture economy. You can lend your support by donating or becoming a Friend of the Park and help us continue to bring free programs to the public.
We especially want to thank generous sponsors for helping us to put this virtual event on this year: