Nancy Evans Dance Theatre Presents An Evening of Solo Works Inspired by Literature

Published : Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 12:41 PM

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre (NEDT), Pasadena’s modern dance theatre company presents its first evening of all solo work, Figures of Speech, on Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the Linda M. Grinstead Theater at La Salle High School in Pasadena.

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre will showcase choreography and performances by NEDT’s 6-member critically-acclaimed repertory company followed by a Q & A with the performers. Guaranteeing the audience a surprising and entertaining evening of dance and theatricality that is the signature of NEDT, Figures of Speech will feature new works by company members Katrina Amerine, Noel Dilworth, Ashleigh Doede, Karina Jones, Jenn Logan, and artistic director Nancy Evans Doede.

Figures of Speech was born of a prompt from Nancy Evans Doede designed to challenge company members to create new material that would mix text and dance without speaking out loud. Each member was asked to choose a line from a book or play, or a stanza from a poem and use it as an inspiration for any or all aspects of their work. From J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series to a poem by Robert Frost to the sci-fi machinations of R.A. Lafferty, the inspirations for these world premiere solos are as varied as the personalities who created them. Other prompts include The Hours by Michael Cunningham and Camino Real by Tennessee Williams.

“This is a unique show for us,” notes Jenn Logan, executive director. “Several of the company members choreograph for the company regularly, but this will be the first time that every member is presenting their own work. And, while we often perform in smaller venues, the setting at the Grinstead is perfectly intimate. The audience can be almost eye-to-eye with the artists and see all of the detail that’s gone into the work up close—be it nuances in movement, expression of character, or the intricate details of a costume. It’s exciting!”

Now in its ninth season, NEDT produces its repertory concert in the spring, as well as a series of smaller performances and community outreach events throughout the year. Nationally, NEDT has been featured in Jacksonville Dance Theatre’s Dance, Love, Life (2018), In Here (2015 & 2017) and Duets for Valentine’s (2016); The MixMatch Dance Festival in Santa Monica, CA; The Pasadena Dance Festival in Pasadena, CA; ArtBark International’s Show and Tell Series and TURF in Santa Barbara, CA; SpectorDance’s Choreographer’s Showcase in Monterey, CA; and Los Angeles Dance Festival (2017).

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre’s Figures of Speech will be performed on Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00 p.m. at Linda M. Grinstead Theater at La Salle High School (3880 E Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena).

Tickets are $20 General, $15 student / senior and drc. To purchase tickets visit

About Nancy Evans Dance Theatre

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre is a modern-based company established in 2009 under the Artistic Direction of Nancy Evans Doede. The company has accumulated a varied and extensive repertory since its inception, including choreography not only from its artistic director, Nancy Evans Doede, but also from its dancers and guest artists. NEDT has produced Works 2010-2017 and Friends/Family/Dance/Festival 2011-2015.5. Nancy Evans Dance Theatre has performed in various festivals, including the 4th-7th Annual Pasadena Dance Festivals, TriArt Festival, MixMatch, Awakenings & Beginnings, ArtNight Pasadena, AdaptFest, ArtBark International’s Show and Tell Series and TURF, SpectorDance Choreographer’s Showcase, and has been a guest company at Moorpark College’s Motion Flux concert and Jacksonville Dance Theatre. NEDT is committed to share stories through movement that expose us as imperfect, vulnerable, sometimes ludicrous… human. For without art, we are incomplete. For more information, visit  Find Nancy Evans Dance Theatre on Facebook, Google+, Youtube and Twitter: @NEDT_LA








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