DanceLab is a youth-led movement-research investigation bringing together students at Dudley High School and artist Athena Kokoronis to create a site-specific dance for downtown Greensboro.

A series of interactive workshops led by Athena and dance teacher Angela Robinson will explore Elsewhere’s living museum and Greensboro as sites for storytelling and experimental dance. The project culminated with an interactive performance during the Art in Odd Places public art festival in downtown Greensboro on November 1st. 2013.

DanceLab Process

DanceLab from Valeria Elliott on Vimeo.

Final Performance: The Listening Story of No Words

DanceLab-Final Performance from Valeria Elliott on Vimeo.

The Listening Story of No Words explores a dance process that draws inspiration from the tradition of quilt making, line drawing, personal experience and expression through movement and improv. The project was developed during a 3-week residency at Dudley High School and Elsewhere museum with artist Athena Kokoronis and teacher Angela Robinson. (Video by Valeria Elliott)

Collaborators: Angela Robinson, Athena Kokoronis, Kelley Ann Walsh, Christopher Kennedy, Anna Luisa Daigneault, Kirsten Bauer, Nakaia Branch, Amber Carter, X’Zavia Crowell, Naima Durrett, Essence McKellar, Miracle McPherson, Zoey Plum, Nasaura Richard, Ashleigh Robinson, Jackie Stackhouse, Jala Tillman, Hawa Trawally, Donjeta Vila, Toine Woodard

Athena Kokoronis is a cross-disciplinary performing artist based in NYC whose works are often participatory and mix food and dance, to better understand connections between history, appetite, and movement in society.  Her works are performances and are often collaborative and research-based. Recent performances have been presented in New York City at the Judson Church, Flea Theater, Governor’s Island and elsewhere.

Special support and assistance from dance teacher Angela Robinson and Kelley Ann Walsh.

DanceLab is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.