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Published: September 30, 2016
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"Don't Leave Me" weaves dance, music, and architecture

Performance celebrates equality, empowerment, and features professional dancers with and without disabilities

Danceability Trio Backbends in Cubes. Photo by Michael Kevin Daly.

“Don’t Leave Me” weaves dance, music, and architecture in an exploration of the ways physical space determines human action and the interdependence of people within that space. Professional dancers with and without disabilities use an ever-changing set design as apparel, furniture, and architecture.

This cross-discipline collaboration of dance and architecture takes risks with frames and bodies. During a rehearsal, one of the dancers was high up on the designed structure and felt it start to shake. She immediately called out to the dancers below her: “Don’t leave me!” This became the title of the piece. It speaks to interdependence, and also the DanceAbility method belief that nobody should be left out or left behind.

Directors are Alito Alessi (choreography and space design) and Frances Bronet (space design). This modern dance performance was created by the DanceAbility International dance company in collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Architecture.

Sunday, October 16, 6–8 pm. $12 for Members, $20 for non-members, and free for students.

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Alessi is a Guggenheim Fellow for his choreography and dance pedagogy achievements with the DanceAbility method. He is known internationally for connecting people of all disabilities and abilities into dance, both at a recreational level and in critically acclaimed choreography. Bronet has designed with several nationally significant choreographers, and as Dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts supported the Adaptive Athletes section of the Product Design Program. She is the Provost at Illinois Institute of Technology.

DanceAbility International creates opportunities for people with and without disabilities to dance and move together. Their vision is that through dance and movement, people from very diverse backgrounds experience the art of being together. In addition to performing, they conduct recreational classes and workshops and train dance educators in how to be more inclusive.

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.

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