AKIMBO is a three-part art series designed to increase awareness and opportunities for Baltimore’s professional dance scene and Station North Arts and Entertainment District. AKIMBO involves 15+ dance companies and 15+ Station North locations.
Part 1 ~ August 31, 2012
AKIMBO Teaser during Station North’s Final Friday
Dance companies perform improvisational movement near site-specific sculptures installed by MICA’s Curatorial Practice M.F.A. program’s art installation tour, INVITED. This event is a soft opening for AKIMBO and INVITED.
Part 2 ~ Sept 15, 2012
AKIMBO: A Site-Specific Dance Artwalk in Station North
AKIMBO’s main event is the site-specific dance tour throughout Station North Arts and Entertainment District, which involves pairing dance companies with Station North locations for collaborative art-making. Baltimore's professional dance companies create site-specific dance and movement art that highlights, enhances, and brings to life the vibrant venues, murals, and parks and creates a flowing, experiential journey. AKIMBO weaves audiences through venues on North and Charles Avenue, along a dance parade down East Lanvale, on a winding journey through Cork Factory, and over to Area 405 and Gallery City Arts. Strategically located "yellow shirts" assist people in moving from place and place, interact with site-specific dance, and give audience members the option to be guided or self-guided.
Part 3 ~ Sept 19, 2012
AKIMBO Showcase at Windup Space in Station North
This final event allows participating dancers to share their work created during AKIMBO. This intimate, free event gives artists and audiences a chance to assess and then to dream about the future of AKIMBO.
AKIMBO artists and venues share and build new audiences together, create interdisciplinary relationships, and set the groundwork for future collaborations. Community building is the driving force of AKIMBO.
Participating SNAED Businesses & Artists
Participating businesses are Area 405, Westnorth Studios, Windup Space, Cork Factory, Joe’s Squared, Bohemian Coffee House, Outtakes Café, LOF/t, Gallery City Arts, Charles Theater, North Avenue Market, Honey Carryout, Pearson’s Florist, and Nutty Sensations. Other destinations are murals by Doodles and Gaia and the Calvert/Federal Park.
Sixteen Baltimore-based, professional dance companies, six of which work out of SNAED, are committed. The rich variety of participants include Deep Vision Dance Company, Naoko Maeshiba/Kibism, Fluid Movement, Flux/us Dance Projects, Effervescent Collective, The Collective, Full Circle Dance Company, Dance & Bmore, Isa Leal, withhart.dance.projects, Jayne Bernasconi, Fluct Dance Projects, Caroline Marcantoni, Eve Hanan, VTDance, and In Flight Theatre. Visual artists and musicians will be added as the planning progresses.
A New Kind of Event
Nicole and Sidney started working together at Towson University in the Department of Dance. They found a common passion for site-specific artwork and community building. After many conversations about the rich and diverse Baltimore Arts Scene, a vision for a new kind of event started to emerge.
Nicole and Sidney's unique partnership brings together different backgrounds, experiences, and professional networks. Nicole has a background as a professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Educator. Sidney’s background is as a Visual Artist, Designer, and an Arts Administrator. They believe that collaboration and diversity of aesthetics, values, and backgrounds will make AKIMBO a powerful force within the Baltimore arts community and beyond.
Dance Box Theater is the fiscal sponsor for AKIMBO. Donations to AKIMBO are tax-deductible. Dance Box Theater, a Maryland 501c3, creates work that energizes meaningful exchange of ideas towards community transformation and cultural understanding.
Join the Process
Supporters will receive exclusive updates as we plan AKIMBO. We encourage your feedback throughout the process, and we are so excited to see our ambitions come to life!
AKIMBO is graciously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artists Awards, www.bakerartistawards.com, Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., www.stationnorth.org, and Towson University Department of Dance. Help us get to the end of our goal!
Photos & video footage donated by the artists
Music: "Faster Does It" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
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