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American Dance Festival Presents Adele Myers and Dancers

Ivan Singer

Adele Meyers and Dancers in Einstein’s Happiest Thought

Ivan Singer

Adele Meyers and Dancers in Einstein’s Happiest Thought


Event  Information

Durham -- ( Mon., Jun. 30, 2014 - Wed., Jul. 2, 2014 )

American Dance Festival: Adele Myers and Dancers
$27-$17.50 -- Reynolds Industries Theater , (919) 684-6402; tondu@americandancefestival.org , http://www.americandancefestival.org/

June 30, 2014 - Durham, NC:


This preview has been provided by the American Dance Festival.

Inspired in part by Adele Myers’ attempt to get over her fear of falling by enrolling in trapeze school, Einstein’s Happiest Thought is a multi-disciplinary work that delves into the charged physical states of risk and anticipation. The title refers to a thought experiment that Einstein claimed led to the happiest thought of his life, about the different ways we experience the same amount of time and space in relation to gravity. Balances look precarious, and dancers examine concepts of falling: falling down, falling over, falling in love, falling into debt. The work features collaborations with composer Josh Quillen, lighting and visual designer Kathy Couch, filmmaker Emmy Pickett, and dramaturg Ain Gordon.

About Adele Myers and Dancers

Adele began her company, Adele Myers and Dancers (AMD), in 2000 as part of her MFA Thesis project at Florida State University. The company is (usually) made up of 4 to 5 female company members (though there once was a man). The work, brimming with robust athleticism, wit, and a personalized theatricality tends toward a humanist perspective that emphatically emphasizes people dancing, not simply dancers moving. After a decade of being dually based in NYC and CT, Adele recently relocated the “official home base” for the company celebrating her home as New England based choreographer. As a curator of chemistry, Myers invites the collaborators involved in each of her dances to draw inspiration from personal experience and then later examines how these experiences intersect with the greater notion of popular culture. In each of her works, the end result is a work that is rich in sensation, understanding, and realness. The mission of Adele Myers and Dancers is to collaboratively create, teach and perform dance that is engaging and relevant to a range of people.

AMD was awarded a National Dance Project grant for the creation and touring of “Einstein’s Happiest Thought” which premiered in September 28th 2013 as part of the onStage at Connecticut College series kicking off the 2013-14 touring season to the: Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston; Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, D.C.; Coker College, SC; New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, CT; The American Dance Festival, NC and The Redfern Arts Center, NH.

Adele Myers and Dancers trailer on Vimeo is here.