The first of three choreography showcases was held July 28 at East Village Arts, the second event was August 25, and the final showcase was September 29, 2023. Led by internationally recognized artist Germaul Barnes, Tiny Danz was designed to give established and emerging choreographers the opportunity to create and present new dances in the intimate space of East Village Arts, a non-profit artist collective. One of the choreographers was selected to create a work for the Southern DanceWorks company’s 2024 season.
Looking Back to Move Forward
With the hiring of Germaul Barnes as new Artistic Director, leadership transition for a company with a long history like Southern DanceWorks (SDW) provides opportunities to explore the creative aesthetics of the new artistic director while reflecting on the company’s past accomplishments, strengths, and challenges. From March-August, 2022, Artistic Director Germaul Barnes and Managing Director Rosemary Johnson organized and facilitated a planning process incorporating current and former company dancers, board members, and stakeholders to create a new vision for SDW’s future as Alabama’s oldest, professional modern dance company. The primary goal is to revitalize organizational growth by honoring the past to plan for the future. The planning process included town hall style meetings, focus groups, and task force meetings.