NCDA/NCDF New Works Award 2016
In an effort to support the creation of new choreography by NC artists, in 2016 the NCDF launched a partnership with the NC Dance Alliance (NCDA) to offer the NCDA/NCDF New Works Award. The inaugural New Works artist was Sarah Council of Charlotte. Council’s work in progress “Dislocate,” inspired by the experiences of international refugee families relocated to Charlotte, was presented for feedback and development at the NCDA Dance Swap in Raleigh on April 3. The finished work premiered at the Raleigh NC Dance Festival performance in September 2016 and in Greensboro as part of the Fabric of Freedom events.
Sarah Council is the artistic director of Sarah Council Dance Projects (SCDP). SCDP has performed and taught extensively throughout New York City and the east coast region. SCDP has been presented at NYC venues such as The Green Building, The 92nd St. Y, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Secret Theater, The LABA Theater, The Riverside Theatre, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Topaz Arts among others and also at Dance Place (DC), The Jack Guidone Theater (DC), Franklin Marshall University (PA),Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (KY) and Jacksonville Episcopal School (FL). SCDP has received support from the Queens Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation and The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.