Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) Pop-Up
Stephanie Leathers: quadrants
Monday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.
The Durham Hotel (rooftop)
Photo by Stephanie Leathers
Emily Aiken (left) and Myra Scibetta Weise
With the recent announcement of their 2016–17 season
, the organizers of Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) promised occasional pop-up preview events scattered between the group's “mainstage” offerings.
“Mainstage,” isn’t the right term, though, since all this season’s shows take place outside traditional theater venues. And, from the looks of DIDA’s first scheduled pop-up—announced this week—these miniature performances will follow suit. This coming Monday, Stephanie Leathers will show quadrants
, performed at sunset on the roof of the Viget building downtown. The audience will gather on the Durham Hotel’s adjacent rooftop.
It’s an appropriate vantage point from which to view downtown Durham’s changing landscape. For Leathers, however, the terrain is more than just a backdrop: her muscular work investigates where the body ends and the city begins. The seeds of quadrants
lie in material generated for Leathers’s SundaySITES project, a “site-specific investigation, artistic collaboration and community conversation on the theme of development,” per her website.
The performance of quadrants
also serves as a preview of sorts for her Home: the Metamorphosis,
a full-length, site-specific work that premieres November 10–12.