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A Piece of Parade

When: Sat., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. 2017

After studying movement research and performing in Baltimore and Buenos Aires, Chapel Hill native Porter Witsell returns to the Triangle to stage her first large-scale choreographic work. Because A Piece of Parade is so social, communal, and political—more focused on process than polish—it's a natural fit for Durham Independent Dance Artists, which presents it for two nights at the Vault. Under the lodestar of a bell hooks quote about rooting our moral imagination in present reality while projecting it beyond, fourteen performers engage in a multilingual conversation through hip-hop and modern dance, poetry, dialogue, and music, weighing the troubled world we have against the better one they can envision among one another. Most of the performers are nondancers from many walks of life; several are children, and they come together within the "heightened reality" of a parade's joyful, diverse, purposeful rabble. Half of the take goes to the performers while the other half goes to Alerta Migratoria NC, a Durham-based resource for undocumented immigrants seeking asylum. —Brian Howe

Price: $1-$35

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