Dance Initiative brings the 7th annual Spectrum Dance Festival to the Roaring Fork Valley, celebrating the art of dance in all its forms through film, studio demos and performance, regional and national guest dance artists and an outstanding series of workshops October 19 & 20.

Spectrum Dance Festival’s featured artist in residence is UNA Projects of New York City. Additional guest artists include Rujeko Dumbutshena, Jenny Schiff, Mezcla Socials Latin Dance Club and drumming by Carbondale Rhythm Project. All SDF events and workshops will be held at The Launchpad in Carbondale. The festival is for all ages and dance levels with prices ranging from $10-$50.

The festival opens the night of Friday, October 19 with a film screening of If the Dancer Dances. The film brings viewers into the intimate and tactile world of the dance studio, as a group of New York’s top modern dancers struggle to reconstruct an iconic work by the legendary Merce Cunningham. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, the film tracks the dancers’ often intensely personal challenges, as they reveal what it takes to keep a dance alive. If the Dancer Dances is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing.

Saturday, October 20 brings a series of dance workshops and closes the festival with an in-studio performance of UNA Projects’ work in progress. UNA is a NYC based dance company founded in 2013 by Artistic Director/Choreographer Chuck Wilt. UNA’s mission is to discover and communicate deeply rooted embodiments of human existence through physically powerful dancing and imagery that is evocative and colorful. UNA is a dance company that focuses on individuality and is dedicated to bringing more joy and life to the world. The company creates fresh dance works for performance and film. Artistic Director/Choreographer Chuck Wilt is interested in investigating more ways to become further connected while communicating diverse human experiences.


Events:

Artist in Residency: UNA Projects
October 15-20
Spectrum Dance Festival
October 19 & 20
Spectrum Dance Festival Kick Off Party and Film Screening of If the Dancer Dances
Friday, October 19
Doors open at 6pm
Live dance demos by Mezcla Socials Latin Dance Club
Film at 7pm
$10
Spectrum Workshops
Saturday, October 20
10:15-11:45am, African with Rujeko Dumbutshena
12-1:30pm, Jazz with Jenny Schiff
2-3:30pm, Modern/Improvisation with Chuck Wilt
$15 each or $35 for all three
Spectrum Studio Performance of UNA Projects
Saturday, October 20
7:30 pm
$15