Performance Project Brings Dance Exchange to the Great Smoky Mountains

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Intergenerational dance performance project partners local artists with
communities of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

TAKOMA PARK, MD, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016– Beginning in fall 2016, Dance Exchange launches a new collaborative performance project in Asheville, North Carolina. Takoma Park-based Dance Exchange, entering its 40th year of dancemaking and creative practices, received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Park Service’s Imagine Your Parks initiative to support the creation of Off-site/Insight: Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains. This site-responsive intergenerational performance project will unearth stories of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the surrounding region, and the people who have made the park what it is today.

Through 2017, Dance Exchange will facilitate workshops and a series of dancemaking and outdoor experiences with park staff, visitors, regional residents, and local artists. Led by Executive Artistic Director Cassie Meador, the project will ask: How has the park shaped the lives of those who visit and live nearby? And how have we shaped and changed the park into what it is today? The project will culminate with a series of performance engagements in collaboration with a cohort of local artists and community members. All are invited to join in the creation and performance of a dance work that illuminates the past, present, and future of this national treasure.

Imagine Your Parks is a grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts created in partnership with the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System.

About Dance Exchange: Founded in 1976 by Liz Lerman and under the artistic direction of Cassie Meador since 2011, Dance Exchange is a non-profit dance organization based in Takoma Park, Maryland. Dance Exchange’s innovative local, national, and international performance projects engage communities and partners across a wide range of disciplines. Dance Exchange ignites inquiry, inspires change, and connects people of all ages more deeply to the questions at the heart of our lives through dancemaking and creative practices by collaborating across generations, disciplines, and communities to channel the power of performance as a means for dialogue, a source of critical reflection, and a creative engine for thought and action.