Anytime is a good time to take in the performing arts.
With recent events such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival and upcoming events such as the National Black Arts Festival, there's multiple opportunities for the immediate and interlocking community to partake of the performing arts. Any instances which stimulate the creative processes grounded in expanding one's range to capturing a mood or emotion in telling a story (among other attributes) is a good thing, as individuals and groups are able to gain a sense of exploration, empowerment, and appreciation for the power and presence that the arts can provide.
The first week of June provides two ideal opportunities for seasoned patrons and supporters of the arts, as well as a newer population to become more aware and engaged with the arts, specifically through the creative lens of dance. And one of the city's rising dance companies, T Lang Dance, is the "author" of both events.
From June 2nd-6th, the company is hosting its annual summer series SWEATSHOP. The week-long program provides pre-professionals and professionals (dancers) an outstanding way to hone their skill-sets as it relates to contemporary dance. Both the company director, T Lang, and co-collaborator Teena Marie Custer, are serving as the instructors for this week-long series. All classes take place at the campus of Spelman College (Giles Building); the cost is $150 for the entire week (5 days of classes) or for walk-ups, it is $40 per day (payable via check to T Lang/SWEATSHOP or by check). Payments may also be made online.
But that's just the start of the week.
The company's forthcoming production, Post-Up, is taking place the weekend of June 6th-8th at the Goat Farm Arts Center. The contemporary dance-driven piece, combined with the energetic and infusing work of the dance company, is an investigation of relevant issues ranging from identity, history, and community as it relates to themes of love and hope. Grounded in the same degree of intensity and creativity of her 2012 work Mother Mutha, the company continues to forge new ground in providing a platform for the exploration of contemporary issues that individuals and collectives within and outside of the community are able to relate to.
The 18 and older based show tickets are $20 per person; they may be purchased online.
A whirlwind week of instruction and performance provides multiple opportunities for the community to not only support the arts, but to become more immersed with them. However, doing what others don't and doing so for not only the arts community, but the community at large, is at the core of T Lang Dance company and its larger contributions to the arts.
Time to sweat a little, as well as post some support for the arts and how it can impact a community.