POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: due to current events, this event has been postponed for the near future. We will keep you updated as to its rescheduling. In the meantime, wash your hands and stay safe!
ATHICA is proud to host find. a movement exploration by the Atlanta Dance Collective.
find. is a movement exploration about connection developed by Sarah Stokes and the performers through improvisational methods and inspired by nature. The work is an abstract representation of the many ways in which we develop communication skills and are shaped by the significant people around us. How do we develop connections, communicate, and inherently learn and grow from one another?
Friday, April 3rd, 8pm
Saturday, April 4th, 2pm & 6pm
Founded in 2015, Atlanta Dance Collective is a group of artists with a similar vision to create engaging contemporary work in the Atlanta dance scene. Dance Canvas 2015 served as the catalyst for Atlanta Dance Collective through the mutual involvement of Britt Whitmoyer Fishel and Sarah Stokes. Fishel and Stokes shared an interest in building a collaborative group of choreographers, dancers, and artists to make dance in the city of Atlanta. Over the years, Atlanta Dance Collective has produced their work throughout multiple venues in the Atlanta area, and participated in community festivals such as Atlanta Fringe, Dance Canvas, Decatur Arts Festival, Clayton State University’s Lecture Program, Encore Dance on Film, Fulton County Dance Week, the MAD Festival, among others.
Along with performing their own stimulating work, ADC provides opportunities for local and national artists to share their work in the Atlanta community. ADC’s own season shows have produced 7 artists over the past 4 years, as well as commissioned local artists to set work on the collective. In 2019, ADC premiered FEMMEfest, which celebrated and showcased the vast scope of talent and work being done by women dance makers in Atlanta. In its first season FEMMEfest hosted 12 local Atlanta artists for the three day festival. For its second season FEMMEfest will display the work of 16 artists from Atlanta and across the southeast. In their 5th year ADC is sharing new interactive work for Spivey Hall’s Young People’s Concerts, performing the work of 2020 Artists in Residence Gianna Mercandetti (ATL) and Stewart|Owen Dance (Asheville, NC) in their season performances, touring new work to Athens, GA at ATHICA, a local gallery space, and premiering a new evening length work entitled and. then. exhale. by Co-founder and Artistic Director Sarah Stokes created in collaboration with composer Jonathan Maiocco.
Choreographer- Sarah Stokes
Sarah Stokes is an Atlanta-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator. She studied contemporary dance performance and composition at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Afterwards, Sarah moved to Atlanta to perform, choreograph, and teach. She has had the great pleasure to perform in works by choreographers such as Shapiro & Smith, Carl Flink, Larry Keigwin, HIJACK, Nadya Zeitlin, Amanda Sieradzki, Mallory Baxley, and Morgan Carlisle. In 2015, Sarah joined with Britt Whitmoyer Fishel in order to establish Atlanta Dance Collective, a collaborative company of dance artists.
As a choreographer, Sarah is highly inspired by collaboration within the creative process, creating problems to be solved and space for input from collaborating artists. Sarah’s choreography, described as “ambitious-and effective” by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, has been presented at Asheville Fringe Festival, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Decatur Arts Festival, Waxworks at Triskelion Arts, and and has been performed in Asheville, Minneapolis, New York City, and at various festivals and venues around Atlanta. Her recent work “IMPRINT” was chosen to be presented at Dance Canvas’s 2019 Performance Series at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center for the Arts, and was awarded the “Audience Choice Ensemble” at the 2019 Atlanta Fringe Festival. Sarah is the co-founder and director of Atlanta Dance Collective.
Collaborator- Brian Crosby
A native New Orleanian, Brian Crosby spent the formative years of his dance career on The Crescent of the Mississippi: studying tap and rhythm in a small studio. Crosby remained in that studio for 13 years, expanding his facilities with informal training in Graham technique and ballet in the Bournonville school. In order to deepen his study of dance, Crosby migrated to Atlanta and Kennesaw State University. During his three years at KSU, Brian Crosby performed with the nationally recognized Kennesaw State Dance Company for six seasons. Throughout these seasons he had the opportunity to work with Israeli choreographer Ella Ben-Aharon; open KSU’s Dance Theater with a performance of Ivan Pulinkala’s evening-length “Metamorphosis”; and attend and perform at two consecutive American College Dance Association galas. Crosby also studied with ImmerseATL, completing their pre-proffesional program while being mentored by Sarah Hilmer, Sean Ngyeun-Hilton, and George Staib. Currently Crosby continues to reside in Atlanta. He is in his second season with Atlanta Dance Collective.
Collaborator- Kaitlin Davis
Kaitlin Davis was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and danced competitively for eleven years before attending East Carolina University. She received a BFA in Dance Performance and the Outstanding Senior in Dance Performance Award in Spring 2014. While at ECU she studied under Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Dirk Lumbard, Galina Panova, Clarine Powell, and Patti Weeks. She performed in three of the Dance mainstage productions in her time there as well as numerous smaller shows. In 2011 she choreographed for the NBC film “Gametime: Tackling the Past” in which she was also a featured dancer. Davis has also danced as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Forward Motion Dance Company, and Opera House Theater Company. Her choreography was showcased in the music video “Party Girl” for up and coming artist Mary Simmons in 2016. She has taught students of all ages in several studios in the Wilmington and Atlanta areas and was an instructor at the ECU Summer Jazz Dance Intensive in 2013. She is a part of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, Atlanta Dance Collective, and a dancer for Stella Entertainment. This is Kaitlin’s second season with Atlanta Dance Collective.
Collaborator- Emi Murata Ferguson
Emi began pursuing her passion for dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia. Through her training at GAD, she spent summers training at Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School of Dance, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She continued her training and dance education at the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2015. During her time at UGA, she danced in CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company where she trained on lyra, trapeze, silks, and sling, and was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group where she performed various forms of ballroom and Latin styles. She had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Joanna Mendl Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Luis Piedra, Urban Bush Women, and Alexandre Munz, and toured aerial performances at various events including the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Upon graduation, she attended a two week contemporary intensive in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance, and is now teaching and performing with Zouk Atlanta, Atlanta Dance Collective, and other contemporary-based projects across the Atlanta area. Emi is so excited to be entering her fourth season with Atlanta Dance Collective!
Collaborator- Leah Kelly
Leah Kelly began her pre-professional dance training at the British Academy of Performing Arts in her hometown Marietta, Ga and furthered her abilities at Valdosta State University. There she received a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and a bachelor’s of Business Administration. At the University Leah was fortunate enough to dance in annual dance concerts and multiple dance festivals. Such festivals include SOMAfest NYC 2013 with Professor Catherine A. Schaeffer, New Grounds Festival 2013 with Critical Mass Dance Company and the M.A.D. Festival 2014 with SWADance Collective. You will currently find Leah teaching Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop at Atlanta Dance Central as well as performing with Atlanta Dance Collective, SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and Fuerta Dance Company.
Collaborator- Bekah O’Toole
Bekah, born and raised in Georgia, received her training from Dance Contempra prior to attending Kennesaw State University where she received a Bacholor of Arts in Dance. Through KSU, Bekah has been give a wide range of performance opportunities. Some of the opportunities include performing with the KSU Dance Company (2013-2017), The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2014,2016), The American College Dance Association (2015,2016,2017), Synergy at the Cobb Performing Arts Center (2015,2016), and The Alabama Dance Festival (2015). While at Kennesaw State, Bekah worked along side faculty and staff as a Student Assistant serving as a student ambassador for the Department of Dance. With this wealth of knowledge, Bekah seeks to continue to further develop her craft as a performer in the Atanta area and is excited to be apart of Atlanta Dance Collective for a third season.