Wellspring Announces 39th Season

KALAMAZOO, MI- Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers​is excited to announce the dates for their 39th season which will begin in September. In addition to our time-honored seasonal offerings, which includes a fall and spring concert series and the Regional Alternative Dance Festival, we are also delighted to bring to life some new collaborations with organizations in the community.
Ms. Cori Terry, Artistic Director and Founder of Wellspring says of the fall season, “We promise, as we have for the last 38 years, a concert of original new works by me and select company members, danced by our highly trained professional company of athletic and deeply poetic dancers, to surprising choices of contemporary music spanning many genres, and inspired choreography that moves and excites people in fresh ways. In other words, modern dance at its essence: rooted in tradition and expansive in its reach!”

Kicking off our season is an exciting workshop with Mark DeChiazza. DeChiazza, of New York, is a director, filmmaker, designer, and choreographer. His projects often explore interactions between music performance and media to discover new expressive possibilities bringing together composers, ensemble, and musicians with visual artists, dancers, music ensembles, and makers of all types. The workshop will take place on Thursday, September 19th.

The performance season will open with Ochre and Indigo: Voices of Wellspring, our Fall Concert of Dance beginning November 21st and will feature work by several Wellspring company members including works by Ms. Terry, Jasmine Statzer, and Alexis Harris, as well as a showing of a screendance produced by company member Carolyn Pampalone-Rabbers. Evening shows will be held Thursday (7 pm), Friday (8 pm) & Saturday (8 pm) with an all-ages show (2 pm) on Saturday, November 23rd. As part of this series, we will be hosting a special dinner event on Friday, November 22nd in partnership with Food Dance. The experience will start at Food Dance with a specially paired dinner and drinks menu and will conclude in the Epic Center with the evening’s performance. Additionally, Grand Traverse Distillery​will be doing a Bar Takeover at the Saturday evening performance which will run through our post-show reception. “Located at 224 E. Michigan Avenue, the tasting room has become an essential local scene for musicians, artists, performers, as well as spirit connoisseurs and novices alike,” says Austin Wines, GTD Kalamazoo Room Manager. Tickets for all performances will be available October 1, 2019 by visiting wellspringdance.org.

The 11th Annual Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) will open March 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm with a second show at 9 pm, two shows (7:30 pm & 9 pm) on Saturday, March 7th, and our Youth Performance on Sunday, March 8th at 3 pm. RAD Festival Curator, Rachel Miller said “This year’s RAD Fest is shaping up to be an exciting one. We expect to receive more submissions than ever before, and we are adding some amazing site-specific works to the program.” The call for submissions for both live and screendance will open August 19, 2019 and artist’s will be able to find more information on the RAD Fest website beginning in August.

Our season will continue with an exciting partnership within the 2020 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. More details will be released when the official Gilmore announcement takes place. “I have always been passionate about the expressive power of music expressed through dance. I am so thrilled to work with Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers in our first Gilmore collaboration as we bring something truly unique and thrilling to life. I simply can’t wait!” says Pierre van der Westhuizen, Director of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival
An exciting addition to this season is a partnership with the Kalamazoo Nature Center, WMUK 102.1, and Bell’s Brewery​for Dance Under the Stars at KNC on Saturday, May 9th. More details will be available about this collaboration in 2020. “We are pleased to be collaborating with so many great organizations in our community,” said Kate Yancho, Executive Director of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, “It is such a blast to bring a myriad of great, creative minds together to bring innovative ideas to Kalamazoo.”

The season will wrap-up with Marigold & Rust: Best of Past Collaboratives our Spring Concert of Dance opening May 14th. This concert will feature revivals of pieces created in collaboration with the many musical artists Wellspring has worked with from past decades. Evening shows will be held Thursday (7 pm), Friday (8 pm) & Saturday (8 pm) with an all-ages show (2 pm) on Saturday, May 16th.

Season passes will be offered again and will include a variety of packages. We are excited to offer our premium pass-holders benefits at some of our favorite partners including, Food Dance, Rose Gold Coffee, The Stamped Robin, The Station, and more. Passes will be available for public sale on Monday, September 16th with limited numbers being available.
Company member, Alexis Harris, said of this season, “I’m elated to be starting my 23rd season with Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers. It has been a gift to work with Cori and to be a part of the evolution of this beautifully crafted organization. The level of artistry, dedication, and pure talent that the company’s dancers possess is inspiring and delightful, and I’m beyond excited to begin our new season to see what unfolds!”

Media Contact: Kate Yancho, Executive Director, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers 269-342-4354; kate@wellspringdance.org

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES Concerts and events will be held downtown in the Wellspring Theater of the Epic Center unless otherwise indicated.

● September 19th: Mark DeChiazza Workshop
● November 21-23rd: Ochre & Indigo: Voices of Wellspring (Fall Concert of Dance)
o November 22nd- Dinner Event with Food Dance o November 23rd- Grand Traverse Distillery Bar Takeover
● March 6-8th: RAD Fest 2020
● April 2020: Gilmore Keyboard Festival Collaborative Concert
● May 9th: Dance Under the Stars at Kalamazoo Nature Center
● May 14-16th: Marigold & Rust: Best of Collaboratives (Spring Concert of Dance)

Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Tickets will be available online at http://www.wellspringdance.org/, in-person at our office (address listed above), or over the phone at (269) 342-4354.

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