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6 comments | Thursday, April 08, 2010




In the world of dance very rarely do you see the energy, masculinity, and prowess of a company comprised of predominantly African-American male dancers and choreographers. As a result the stories of these men often go untold. There is a void. Daryl Foster and Terry Slade, two highly gifted choreographers are filling that void through an all male dance production titled "LIFT".





Foster and Slade have assembled some of the finest choreographers and dancers Atlanta has to offer for a one night only performance May 15th on the Hertz Stage at The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.





Utilizing ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop choreography to explore spirituality, politics, sexuality, masculinity, fatherhood and community, "LIFT is a project whose time has come," says Foster.





"I'm excited about the fact that I can finally tell my own story", Foster tells loldarian.com. So I think what this is about...it's not about showcasing same gender loving; it's about black men being able to tell their stories...the stories that they share with other black men straight or gay".





Loldarian.com will be following the creative process of LIFT from rehearsal to opening night and will be providing behind the scenes footage and dancer interviews from this groundbreaking work over the next few weeks.


Watch Daryl Foster discuss the inspiration for LIFT and the six pillars that are the backbone of this theatrical experience in the video below.





Photography: Lynne Cymone

6 Comments:

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

This is going to be awesome. I can't wait to see it

April 09, 2010 8:47 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Hey...I have been trying to find ticket information on when this production is going to show. I contacted the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta,Ga... and they don't have LIFT on their calendars ,website or even know anything about it..! You have it posted for the 16th of May and Facebook has it posted for the 15th of May.. Please help. I would really like to see this production...Concerned Reader

April 09, 2010 11:27 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Thank you so much Harold, for taking the time to look into tickets for lift. I spoke with Darian about the date discrepancy, and it was an honest mistake. We are indeed opening on May 15th at the Woodruff Arts Center on the Hertz Stage. We are scheduled to appear on the Woodruff's box office calendar and tickets will go on sale early next week! Just shy of a month in advance of the show! You can also keep track of us on our website and Facebook Fan Page:
http://liftdance.org
Thank you
Daryl Foster, Co-Artistic Director/LIFT

April 09, 2010 2:37 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Thanks Daryl. I would like to go with some friends. I too was like Harold and had a problem finding it on their calendar. Thanks

April 09, 2010 5:12 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Kudos Guys!! I can't wait to see the performance..all the best!
Lonnie D.

April 11, 2010 8:17 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Hello Friends- Thank You for your interest in LIFT. We are excited to announce that tickets for LIFT are officially ON-SALE.

Tickets can be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center ticket office in person, online or by calling 404-733-5000

To purchase tickets online copy and paste the web address below in your web browser:

http://www.woodruffcentertickets.org/center/ticket/production_detail.aspx?perf=34416

We look forward to seeing you at the theater!

Thanks Again

Terry Slade, Co-Artistic Director/LIFT

April 13, 2010 7:50 AM

 

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