Light Switch Dance Theatre: Negotiated Space

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Negotiated Space is a 45-minute sites-specific piece choreographed by Sandra C. Atkinson, Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre (LSDT). The work uses dance to investigate the psychological and neurological affects of space. In a world where space is increasingly limited, Negotiated Space asks: what happens to us emotionally, mentally and physically when elements in our space are constantly altered? Do we shift ourselves in space, time and effort in response to changes in the space around us? Etched (performances on June 13 and 15, 2014) is a Contemporary Jazz evening length Concert piece that examines the concept of “negotiated space” through racial boundaries which was a catalyst of the Civil Right Movement. Each of the 5 sections of Etched is inspired by the work of artists Zoe Charlton, Theaster Gates, Norman Lewis, Betye Saar, and Carrie Mae Weems.

About Light Switch Dance Theater: Light Switch Dance Theatre is a sites- specific project based modern dance company dedicated to performing in non-traditional spaces. Sandra Atkinson, MA (Artistic Director) creates work in a collaborative manner inspired by humanity, science and art of all mediums. LSDT strives to be bring dance to the general public making any place a performance space.

About the Artistic Director: Sandra C. Atkinson is Artistic Director of the newly formed Light Switch Dance Theatre and Co-Artistic Director of the Jazz Is….Dance Project and Artistic Director of the newly formed Light Switch Dance Theatre. She has a B.A. in Dance from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Dance (Education) from American University. Sandra is currently teaching at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and American University in Washington, DC. Sandra has performed with Next Reflex Dance Collective, Peter Dimuro, Jane Franklin Dance, Carla & Company at Dance Place, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. She has created works for Equinox Dance Theatre, Next Reflex Dance Collective, City Ballet, and American University and Montgomery College Dance Company. Sandra is proud to be a 2012 Smithsonian Faculty Fellow, Dance Metro/DC Selection Panelist for the 2012 Awards, and Advisory Board member of ReVision Dance Company. She is also on the Board of Director’s for Equinox Dance Theatre and Next Reflex Dance Collective. Facebook