March 26th & 27th at 7:30 pm
Performances will be live-streamed from the Mainstage Theatre via VIMEO.
Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at www.hccfl.edu/vapaguestseries
Performances are free to HCC students, faculty and staff.
North Carolina-based wife and husband duo, Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart, share a contrasting selection of self-choreographed contemporary duets. The program includes the mesmerizing adagio, Dendrovictus, a longtime audience favorite that the Washington Post called “intricate and intimate”, as well as After Party, an award-winning 1960’s inspired work described as “humorous, elegant and wild” (Seattle Dances). Also on the program is the world premiere of Silver Spoon, where Stewart & Owen don the stage with a massive hoop skirt to expose a dark and quirky tale of luxury. In addition to the three concert-style duets, the duo presents a dance and spoken-word short film, Atmosphere, created in collaboration with poet Gina Cornejo and film-maker Michael-Jamar Jean Francois.
About the Company
Gavin and Vanessa are the co-founders of Western North Carolina based Stewart/Owen Dance. Their choreography has been presented by festivals and companies across the U.S., and their careers have most notably taken them across the globe on fifteen U.S. State Department tours to teach, perform and choreograph contemporary dance with Washington D.C. based Company E. In 2017 they made North Carolina their home base where they work towards building a sustainable community for professional dance artists to set roots. They have choreographed music videos for artists such as Moses Sumney, Sylvan Esso and Ben Phantom. Gavin and Vanessa won the Audience Choice Award at the NYC Dance Gallery Festival 2018, were commissioned as Dance Gallery 2019 Level UP Artists, are recipients of a McDowell Regional Artist Project Grant, a North Carolina Artist Support Grant and were voted “Artists Who Most Pushed the Boundaries with the Human Body” by 2020 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. Since the pandemic, Vanessa and Gavin have focused on producing COVID-conscious dance experiences for live audiences, including drive-up performances and guided walk-along dance exhibits presented by Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.