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This batch of bicoastal picks arrives just in time to get your contemporary dance fill before the Thanksgiving holiday. We are feeling very grateful indeed to be able to include a shoutout to one of our very own contributors, Lara Wilson.

1. The Assembly present IV at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art


IV. Photo by Michael Townsend.

When she is not moonlighting as a writer and graphic designer, Dd’s Lara Wilson is choreographer and dancer. As one of the founding members of The Assembly, she is dancing and also directing this evening length event which features work by Delyer AndersonChristopher Bordenave, Kalynn Marin, and Jobel Medina as well as a large-scale set piece by past Assembly dancer and engineer Isaac Bekker, costumes by resident designer Hannah Jenkinson, and original score by NYC-based sound designer Luke Folger. With free drinks, a place to park, and restaurants nearby, this dive into into mundane aspects of the world we live in–such as concrete, light, wood, and mirror–seems like an opportunity to turn an evening of performance into a perfect date night!



11/13 and 11/4
$20, $15 for students

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2. Ronald K. Brown / Evidence at BRIC House

Come out to the Fort Green neighborhood of Brooklyn to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary of fusing traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Set aside two nights so you can take in two different programs that draw on two decades of repertory.

11/12 – 11/22

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Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.