Tour Travels: K+C on the road

April 12th, 2012

Written by: Brandon Cournay

The hustle and bustle of traveling may be a burden to some, but not for KEIGWIN + COMPANY. We absolutely love touring, and we are always so thankful for our adventures! One of the biggest advantages of being a performer is getting to travel on tour to places we typically wouldn’t find ourselves in. We are fortunate enough to experience different cultures, and share our craft with new audiences. Over the past two weekends, K+C has been on the road dancing up a storm in Asheville, North Carolina and Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Our favorite mural in Ashveille. Dedicated to Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

Asheville is a gorgeous town in the mountainous region of Western North Carolina. This town is filled with tons of cute shops, amazing restaurants, and a rich artistic community. Walking around Asheville is comparable to walking around a citywide arts installation. Our adventures began by checking out all of the murals painted on the buildings, but quickly turned into a scavenger hunt to find the K+C flyers that were plastered throughout the city! We also enjoyed a delicious brunch at the Biltmore, America’s largest home, which was definitely a highlight of the trip.

K+C brunches at the Biltmore.

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A huge thank you to the Diana Wortham Theater for their hospitality and generous support!

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K+C posters throughout Asheville

Our journey to Shepherdstown began by splitting into cars and taking a K+C road trip! We listened to new playlists, played car games, had lots of laughs, and enjoyed a gorgeous drive through the mountains. Although our time in West Virginia was shorter than our prior trip, we really enjoyed the local culture and scenery.

K+C road trip

Not only did we enjoy dancing, we had the honor of teaching as well. K+C dancers Jaclyn Walsh and Ashley Browne taught master classes in both Asheville and Shepherdstown inspiring the next generation of dancers and sharing the K+C spirit inside the studio.

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Contact Sport. Photo Credit: Jackie Walsh

A highlight of our tour was previewing our latest creation, Contact Sport, a physical and endearing piece that brings new energy to K+C.  With the incredible support of our fellow K+C female dancers watching in the wings, us boys shook off our opening night nerves, and took to the stage.



Contact Sport. Photo credit: Jackie Walsh

The audiences reacted with energized applause, and in true Keigwin spirit, a few laughs. Their heartfelt reaction was both exhilarating and encouraging. Our performances of Contact Sport seemed to become tighter, more stimulating, and comfortable the more we performed it. Contact Sport will premiere in June at The Joyce Theater

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Personally, I love these adventures that bring us outside of New York City. I feel like touring grounds me a bit. It gets me excited to come back to the city, and puts the smaller things into perspective. I still get butterflies in my stomach when I see the magnificent skyline upon our return.

When I come back to New York, I feel energized, excited, and thankful.  I can speak on behalf of the entire company on that. We are SUPER pumped for the next few months. Next week, will all be back together in the studio to begin the creation of our newest work…

12 dancers + chairs + brand new music = Keigwin Creation.

GET EXCITED!


Next stop for KEIGWIN + COMPANY: May 31st – June 3rd at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts in Minneapolis, MN.

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