Next up on DIDA Season 3: RAD presents boneglow

June 2 and 3 at 8pm + June 4 at 4pm
Living Arts Collective
410 W Geer Street, Durham NC 27701

RAD | Renay Aumiller Dances presents boneglow, a full-length dance that imagines a sliver of light shining into a stagnant, dark room as a metaphor for personal and political metamorphosis. 

The project started with an exploration of the broad concept of change. Aumiller notes, "I want to see if changing the way I move could change the way I think. If I could find a new way of patterning my movement, would my mind more easily accept and deal with larger changes?"

The grounded, gritty, and gripping movement of the Durham-based quartet is backed by original music compositions from Durham’s Dave Yarwood and NY-based Son Lux. An intricate scenic design encloses the stage space in black paper and showcases handmade metal pendulums by Mary Catherine Floyd that hang from the ceiling at the front of the theater. Becoming part of the dance, the pendulums will be manipulated, moved, and partnered by the dancers.

More info + tickets:
RAD website | boneglow FB event | Tickets ($12)
Living Arts Collective (410 W. Geer St.) is first floor and wheelchair accessible.
Seating is limited. 

boneglow was created in collaboration with performers Nicole Lawson, Rachel Mehaffey, Lucas Melfi, and Allie Pfeffer, along with composer Dave Yarwood, all working together since September 2016.

RAD boneglow PC: Jen Guy Metcalf

RAD's boneglow. : Jen Guy Metcalf

DIDA Season 3 brings the multimedia, come get it! The Mesoplanets premieres on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm! 

The Living Arts Collective (401 W Geer Street, Durham)
$12 advance tickets available HERE
Get more info on their website, and on their FB event page!

The Mesoplanets is a multimedia dance journey to Pluto and beyond. In a series of vignettes, Rabble & Twine combine movement, video projection, sound, and text to explore the varied environments and moving myths of the outer reaches of our solar system.

rabble and twine group


UP NEXT! The Department of Improvised Dance presents Set and Setting!
Set and Setting is an evening length dance performance with live musical accompaniment by D-Town Brass

Easter Sunday, April 16th (5pm and 7pm) and Monday, April 17th (7pm)
21c Museum/Hotel Ballroom
111 N. Corcoran Street, Durham, NC

$15 advance tickets available here
$10 - $20 sliding scale at the door

Young says, “The title refers to a psychological term that means mindset and environment. It’s a reminder of the importance of context. You seem abnormal if your context does not support your state of mind or your actions. But the same feeling or activity might be completely acceptable in another situation. Luckily, in the context of an improvised dance performance, we can be as raw as we want as we explore the terrain of (ab)normality.”

The formality of the performance space at 21c, a large ballroom, is a perfect juxtaposition with the gritty spontaneity of the dance--and yet it may seem appropriate to audience members who are by now used to seeing absurdity and bad behavior in the most formal settings of our nation.

Matthew Young - The Department 2

 Photo by Tim Walter

It's time for What You Want. It's up next on DIDA Season 3!
2/24 - 2/25, 7pm at Living Arts Collective in Durham. 
Get online tickets here! $12

What You WantWhat you want 2

Photos by Zoe Litaker

A Piece of Parade is up next on DIDA Season 3!
2/18 - 2/19, 7pm at The Vault in Durham.
Get online tickets here!

Half of the proceeds will be split between the ten performers, and the other half will be given to Alerta Migratoria NC, a local, Durham-based resource for undocumented immigrants seeking asylum.


And then it's What You Want by Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer 2/24-2/25! Tix available: $12 online, $15 at the door.  

What you Want


How else can we do this? A Piece of Parade imagines an alternate present.
February 18-19, 7 PM, The Vault, 1104 Broad St., Durham.

A parade is a heightened reality, a celebration of imagination, and a moment in which daily life is replaced with something more extraordinary. It’s a meet-up spot, playful and potentially transformative. Multilingual, multi-languaged, and multi-generational, using poetry, dance (both modern and hip hop), dialogue, and music, A Piece of Parade walks towards a possible future.

Tickets will be sold in advance or at the door (sliding scale $1-35). Half of the proceeds will be split between the ten performers, and the other half will be given to Alerta Migratoria NC, a local, Durham-based resource for undocumented immigrants seeking asylum.


Coming up, What You Want Preview! 

Saturday, 12/3 - 5:30-7:30 PM
Showings at 6pm and 7pm will feature variations of two sections from What You Want
Indio in Brightleaf Square: 905 W Main St #20G, Durham, NC. 

Light refreshments will be offered. Free and open to the public. 

Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer will showcase excerpts from their upcoming evening-length show, What You Want, in which they explore value systems, expectations, obligations and agency through exercises of ritual, task and choreographic self indulgence. Noble and Pfeffer will perform one another’s choreography but will never physically occupy the stage at the same time.

What You Want will be presented in full at the Living Arts Collective on February 24th and 25th at 7 PM. Updates and Ticket information will be available at


Next up,

Stephanie Leathers presents Home: The Metamorphosis

November 10-12, 6:30-8:30pm
This multidisciplinary dance work builds on Stephanie's SITES project, including her recent showing at The Durham/Vigot, and takes audiences on a mini-tour of Durham. 
Start: 109 W. Parrish Street. End: 806 W. Main Street. Both sites wheelchair accessible. Audience should be prepared to stand and walk during the event, seating is limited.
Tickets: $15, available online in November via Eventbrite at

PC: Brian Livingstone

The opening show on DIDA Season 3 is upon us! 

Tommy Noonan and Marie Lenfant present 2 nights of a shared program, featuring Noonan's John and Lenfant's (SUR)faces. 
Sat. 10/15 and Sun. 10/16
Living Arts Collective, Durham

Noonan Lenfant


DIDA's SEASON 3 is here!

Rabble & Twine

DIDA Season Launch Party
Date: September 17, 2016 / 7-10pm
Venue: Arcana
Join DIDA to launch our fall season, with brief performances from Matthew Young and Ginger Wagg, followed by a dance party by DJ Fifi Hi-fi.

Tommy Noonan / Marie Lenfant (international guest artist)
Date: October 15-16, 2016
Venue: Living Arts Collective/ The Trotter Building
Culture Mill presents a shared evening of two solos, which together explore thrilling and unsettling images of ambition, power and success.

Stephanie Leathers
Date: November 10-12, 2016
Venue: Various locations in Durham
See Durham through Stephanie Leathers’ roaming multimedia installation, which zeroes in on local development and sustainability.

Porter Witsell/ A Piece of Parade
Date: February 18-19 2017
Venue: The Vault
What can we lift together? A performance that explores a possible community.

Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer
Date: February 24 + 25 2017, dates TBA
Venue: Living Arts Collective / The Trotter Building
Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer create interlocking solos that occupy the same space but never at the same time.

Matthew Young/The Department
Date: April 2017, dates TBA
Veune: 21c Museum Hotel
The Department of Improvised Dance teams up with D-Town Brass in a collaborative polyphony of movement and sound.

Rabble & Twine
Date: May 2017, dates TBA
Venue: TBA
Fly by Pluto and other dwarf planets in this interdisciplinary work.

Renay Aumiller/RAD (Renay Aumiller Dances)
Date: June 2017, dates TBA
Venue: LIving Arts Collective
RAD/Renay Aumiller Dances explores the art of personal change, moving from the fine anatomy of one body to the structure of the social body at large.

Justin Tornow/COMPANY
Date: July 2017, dates TBA
Venue: The Durham Fruit & Produce Company
Over several weeks, COMPANY combines a full-length dance work with smaller installations, resulting in a large scale, collage-style, interdisciplinary work.

Here they come! The last two shows on DIDA Season 2...  

Ginger Wagg's AndAlwaysWhy
June 2-5, 2016
The Torus Building, 947 E. Main St, Durham


More info:

Photo by Anna Maynard

And then closing DIDA Season 2,'s Feature Presentation
June 10-12, 2016 (Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm) 
The Trotter Building, 410 W. Geer St, Durham


This weekend, Dance inhabits Duke Homestead with Birthing Bodies.

Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road

Friday April 29th @ 7pm
Saturday April 30th @ 8am, 12pm, and 7pm
Tickets : $15 general admission
*children under 12 are free*

Get tickets here!

UP NEXT! Choreographer Jasmine Powell teams up with poet Brian Bowers to premiere Shadows Chasing Light.

PSI Theater at the Durham Arts Council - 120 Morris Street
Thurs, April 21st* + Fri, April 22nd |  8pm | $20 general admission
More info and tickets

*Opening-night reception on Thurs, April 21 from 6pm-7pm


Many thanks to the generous artists and attendees of DANCE PARTY on March 25th! Special thanks goes to Randy Skidmore for poster design, DJ Play Play for the dance party, and The Vault for hosting!

Jasmine Powell: Shadows Chasing Light
April 21-22, 8pm
PSI Theater

DIDA is hosting a DANCE PARTY fundraiser.

March 25, 2016 8pm-12am
The Vault, Durham NC
Performances 8-10pm / DANCE PARTY with DJ Play Play 10pm-12am.
Tickets $12 online, $15 at the door

Donations to support the cause* can be made through Culture Mill, DIDA's fiscal sponsor, by clicking this link:

*DIDA is raising funds to a) hire a videographer to document each show on the DIDA 2016-2017 season, and b) purchase a sprung dance floor and marley for DIDA artists to use for their productions.

DIDA announces it's 2nd season for 2015-2016

The Department of Improvised Dance: Stations
October 9-10, 7pm and 9pm
Durable Durham Warehouse

knightworks (Jessi and Christina Knight): Euridice Descended
November 20-21, 8pm
Cordoba Center for the Arts

Anja Müller: La Mula
December 17-18, 8pm
The Carrack Modern Art

Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizeon: What Doesn't Work
December 19 at pm, December 20 at 3pm
The Carrack Modern Art

Killian Manning/NoForwardingAdddress: Now Boarding...
February 25-28, 8pm
Common Ground Theater

March 25, 8pm-12am
The Vault, Durham, NC

Jasmine Powell: Shadows Chasing Light
April 21-22, 8pm
PSI Theater

Murmurations Dance (Nicole Dagesse): Birthing Bodies
April 29-May 1
Locations and times TBD

Ginger Wagg: AndAlwaysWhy
May 6-15
Location and times TBD (Anna Barker): Our Feature Presentation
May 27-29
Times and location TBD