Sanspointe will present Primary Subject May 13-16

Sanspointe is pleased to present Primary Subject May 13-16 at the CDF Studio Theatre in Birmingham, featuring new dance works choreographed by Alabama-based dance artists Lynn Bowman, Shellie Chambers, Rachael Inman, Taryn Lavery, Rhea Speights and North Carolina-based guest artist Killian Manning and new music by Justin Wallace.


Included in Primary Subject is Manning’s “There was Morning and Evening, Another Day” to music by Kit Weinart. Manning spent two weeks in Birmingham during the 2009 Holidays setting the work on six dancers. She is Artistic Director of No Forwarding Address, on the faculty at UNC-Greensboro in Communication Studies and teaches dance at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill.

Speights and Wallace will perform their collaborative work “I made something for you” in which the dancer and musician contribute to the original soundscore. Lavery is presenting choreography for the first time with the company, and Chambers has set a frenzied duet to music by John Adams.

Also featured in Primary Subject is an aerial dance choreographed and performed by newest company member Rachael Inman, cofounder of Fuzion Dance Artists based in Sarasota FL. She will perform with an unusual partner, a swing. Closing out the program is a 20-minute collaborative work by Bowman and Speights, featuring six dancers and music by Dirty Three.


Before the concert begins, the audience will enjoy live music 30 minutes before curtain by up-and-coming singer/songwriter Neil Couvillion. Couvillion will perform songs from his album Time Machine. Recorded with the help of some great musicians and friends, his sound has been described as a mix between Patty Griffin and David Gray.

Primary Subject is sponsored by Andress Engineering Associates, Inc. and Pilates on Highland. The performance is also made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sanspointe was founded by Michelle Hamff in 2003. Today, the company exists to provide choreographers and dancers with an opportunity to create new work, collaborate artistically and present high-quality modern dance performances for the community. Sanspointe presents two concerts of original and inventive choreography each year by local choreographers for audiences in its hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, and performs at events during the year around the Southeast.

Under the artistic direction of Shellie Chambers, Sanspointe is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.Sanspointe’s members bring a diversity of interests, experiences and talents to the company. This unique fusion of artistic ideas and inspirations allows Sanspointe to constantly evolve and challenges its members and the audience’s expectations of what modern dance is.

Primary Subject will be performed in an intimate theatre setting at Children’s Dance Foundation’s Studio Theatre in Downtown Homewood (1715 27th Court South). Tickets, $12, can be purchased online at www.sanspointe.org. Seating is limited.


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Photos by Jim Willett
Poster by Kevin deMiranda

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