Synapse Arts 'New Works' returns in 2021

The contemporary dance collective Synapse Arts will present its long-running artist incubator called "New Works," with emerging choreographers Rahila Coats and Maggie Bridger announced Thursday as the 2021 cohort. Each artist receives a choreographic mentor, rehearsal space and production budget, leading to a virtual or socially-distanced performance (dates to be announced).

Coats, a 2020 grad from the University of Minnesota, will create a solo. Interestingly, she draws from principles of contact improvisation—a dance techinique that relies on shared weight between partners—and popular culture to explore the topic of consent. Bridger, a PhD candidate in disability studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will work with a group of disabled dancers to understand how pain presents or constricts possibilities in dance.


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