Photo by Travis Taber
Dawn Marie Bazemore is a dancer and choreographer who is dedicated to investigating the socio-political issues that affect the African American community. In 1998, after receiving her BFA from SUNY Purchase, she relocated to Philadelphia to join Philadanco where she performed for the following ten years. In 2009, she transitioned into musical theatre, performing ensemble and featured roles in various Broadway and regional theater productions, including: All Shook Up, Dreamgirls, Purlie, and The Color Purple. After earning her MFA from Hollins University, Bazemore served as a guest choreographer and Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and as a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts. In 2013, Bazemore presented her solo work Loss: Loving Into Life at the American Dance Festival. In 2015, she created A Movement for Five for Philadanco, inspired by events surrounding the Central Park Five, which made its world premiere at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. That same year, Dawn Marie's essay Dance and Activism: The Practice and Impact of Sociopolitical Activism was published in the online journal The Dancer-Citizen. Bazemore currently teaches in the College of Performing Arts at Rowan University, and is the DanceVisions Resident Artist at the Performance Garage.
DanceVisions Open Rehearsal
Dawn Marie Bazemore /
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Join the Performance Garage's 2019 DanceVisions Resident Artist, Dawn Marie Bazemore, for an open rehearsal. Bazemore's company #dbdanceproject will be working on their latest work Letters, which will premiere at the Performance Garage April 19-20. Light refreshments will be provided.
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Letters is a collaborative project that examines Dawn Marie Bazemore's concerns about fragmented relationships, profound loss and the socio-political tone within American culture. Along with her collective #dbdanceproject, composer Jeff Story, set designer Dirk Durossette, and lighting designer Nick Kolin, Bazemore builds from a series of letters she penned to people she has never met or who no longer have a presence in her life. The list includes her birth father,
adopted father, the President of the United States, Trayvon Martin’s parents, and God. The writing is intimate and addresses her frustrations with mourning the death of a father she has never known, raising African American sons in a country that devalues their lives, and questioning the principles of faith. Through a personal lens, the work creates opportunities for
the audience to be immersed in current and pressing conversations, and at times, welcomes their active participation, providing space for their stories to also be heard. Letters looks to the future, searching for ways to forgive and heal.