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Figures of Speech

Figures of SpeechNancy Evans Dance Theatre (NEDT), Pasadena’s modern dance theatre company, will share new dance works inspired by literature in Figures of Speech.  This is the company's third annual presentation of world premiere solo work featuring choreography from company members Ashleigh Doede, Noel Dilworth, Jen Hunter, Jenn Logan, and artistic director Nancy Evans Doede.

Figures of Speech was born of a prompt from artistic director Nancy Evans Doede designed to challenge company members to create new material that would mix text and dance without speaking out loud. Each member was asked to choose a line from a book or play, or a stanza from a poem and use it as an inspiration for any or all aspects of their work. Originally planned as a live performance in April of 2020, the choreography has been reworked for film keeping the original literary inspirations from works by women that were chosen in honor of the 1920 ratification of the nineteenth amendment. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, the inspirations for these world premiere solos are as varied as the personalities who created them. Other prompts include Wild by Cheryl Strayed, What Not: A Prophetic Comedy by Rose Macaulay, and hope for the flowers by Trina Paulus.

Figures of Speech 2021 will be presented on-demand from February 20-27 with a live Q & A on February 27 over Zoom. A new way to share art and still connect!  Don't miss it!

“There is a beautiful artistic flower in full bloom in Pasadena by the name of Nancy Evans Doede, the Artistic Director of Nancy Evans Dance Theatre (NEDT).” - LA Dance Chronicle

More about Nancy Evans Dance Theatre
Nancy Evans Dance Theatre is a Pasadena-based modern dance company based in Pasadena. Under the artistic direction of Nancy Evans Doede, NEDT is committed to sharing stories through movement that expose us as imperfect, vulnerable, and human. We aim to build upon the legacy of modern dance pioneer, Hanya Holm, to provide opportunities for creative development and cultural exchange through performance and dance education. NEDT produces annual concert dance performances in Pasadena, WORKS 2010-2019, and has shared their choreography in local and national festivals including the Pasadena Dance Festival, TriArt Festival, MixMatch, Awakenings & Beginnings, ArtNight Pasadena, AdaptFest, ArtBark International’s Show and Tell Series, and SpectorDance Choreographer’s Showcase. NEDT has been a guest company at Moorpark College’s Motion Flux concert and Jacksonville Dance Theatre for multiple shows. NEDT recently completed an artist residency at Episcopal School Jacksonville, teaching master classes and setting original choreography.

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Presenter / Producer: Nancy Evans Dance Theatre

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Dance > Contemporary Dance

Event Phone: 323-363-0830

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre
Vimeo and Zoom
Pasadena CA

Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley

Performance Dates: 2/20/2021 - 2/27/2021
Saturday, 02/20/2021
Sunday, 02/21/2021
Monday, 02/22/2021
Tuesday, 02/23/2021
Wednesday, 02/24/2021
Thursday, 02/25/2021
Friday, 02/26/2021
Saturday, 02/27/2021

Performance Times
Video access released at 4pm PST on February 20 (Includes extended viewing access through Saturday, February 27th).  You can watch at any time!

The Live Q&A on February 27 will be at 4pm PST.

Ticket Information:
Reserve your ticket by February 19th! Password-protected links will be emailed to ticket holders for viewing access and the live Q & A the week of February 15th.

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Tickets are: $25 per household

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