Gaspard&Dancers: Open Rehearsal of "Pothos"
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
This event may count as an Engagement Activity requirement for students enrolled in Dance Program classes. Check with your course instructor.
Durham-based modern dance choreographer Gaspard Louis and his company Gaspard&Dancers will present a packed evening of dance September 15 and 16 at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater—the company’s eighth annual concert at Duke. The evening-length program will feature the world premiere of Louis’ new work “Pothos.”
Inspired by the triumphs and tragedies of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story, “Pothos” explores how his longing for acceptance by his Haitian immigrant father and New York society influenced his art, his tumultuous life, and his untimely death. “Pothos” is a companion piece to Louis’ 2016 work “Portrait,” which embodies Basquiat’s neo-Expressionist search for deeper truths about the individual in his artwork.
In addition to the two Basquiat-driven pieces, the evening will include two beloved pieces from the Gaspard&Dancers repertoire, “Tota Pulchra Es—You Are All Beautiful” and his sensual duet “Deux.” Louis also will unveil a new quartet at the Duke performances.
About Gaspard Louis
The Haitian-born Louis rose to prominence as a dancer and choreographer with the internationally renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater. In addition to performing, touring, and teaching globally with Pilobolus, Louis collaborated on nine major dance works during his formative decade with the company.
In eight seasons with his Durham-based company, Louis has built a distinct and deeply moving body of work. His choreography is renowned for breathtaking combinations of Pilobolean shape-building and fluid lyricism that resonate in the emotional core of human nature.
Louis’ work has been performed by Lula Washington dance company in California, Freespace Dance Company in New Jersey, and numerous college and university dance programs. He also shares his love of dance with Triangle-area youth as the Creative Movement Director for the American Dance Festival (ADF) community outreach program.
The company features a talented group of professional dancers that Louis has recruited from across the country. Each has a rich background in contemporary dance and an unforgettable presence on stage. To meet the dancers, watch video clips, and learn more about the company, visit gaspardanddancers.org.