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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Inlet Dance Theatre on July 30, 31

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Inlet Dance Theatre is one of the region’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies. Founded in 2001 by Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences may serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. In 18 years, Inlet transformed from a small dance company with a local impact into an organization that reaches people on an international level. 

Inlet’s ensemble-based culture intentionally focuses on craftsmanship and mastery while employing a collaborative creative process in the development of new work. Inlet’s collaborative creative process is more inclusive than the traditional autocratic leadership hierarchy, resulting in work that is surprisingly diverse. Each piece in Inlet’s repertory is the direct result of the artists in the studio at the time the work was created, often including artists of other media.

All of Inlet’s repertory speaks creatively about human life issues and does so in a life-giving manner. The company presents a wide aesthetic range of works that speak to what could be, rather than only what is. Inlet’s technique foundations, rooted in American Modern Dance, include Erick Hawkins-based release technique, Alison Chase/Pilobolus-based nontraditional partnering, and structured improvisation.

The Kids Matinee and evening performances at Cain Park feature students from the Inlet Summer Dance Intensive 2019 and the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program, performing alongside the professional company members.


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