By Byron Woods
Particularly in the dance world, change does not take place in a vacuum. A development in one area, for good or ill, can send ripples out across the practice. If others follow suit, the ripples become waves, potentially large enough to change the trajectories of people, communities, and institutions. As with the 2017 hurricane season, the shifts seem sudden only if you do not see them coming.
It’s significant, then, that a week after Durham Independent Dance Artists launched its fourth season with a public recommitment to excellence and risk, the NC Dance Festivaland Emergence, two unaffiliated statewide dance showcases, will follow suit, presenting the results of changes years in the making.
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