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ShaLeigh Dance Works’ World Premiere of I Promise

Durham, NC Dec 15 8:00 pm - Dec 17 9:00 pm

As part of the 2017-2018 Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) season, ShaLeigh Dance Works presents I Promise

December 15-17, 2017

at The Fruit

ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of I Promise, the company’s newest evening-length work with excerpts already described as “Rousing group work!” by Indy Week and slotted for performances next year in NYC launching the Company’s first tour!

The title of the work is a response to Martin Luther King’s iconic 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.” I Promise is the sentiment of remembering to carry the dream forward.  The evening length piece is presented in four sections, interweaving solos, duets and large ensemble work. The physicality of  I Promise is driven by the desire to rebel and fueled by Comerford's vision to transform unspoken emotions into physical sensations. Although individuals momentarily emerge through solos, and relationships emerge through duets, the ensemble work dominates, revealing a tribal force pointing at humanity.

I Promise is choreographed by Artistic Director ShaLeigh Comerford in collaboration with the Company. Dramaturgy is by playwright Lucia Del Vecchio. Text is written by Chris Vitiello. Original compositions and covers are by Mike Wall at soundFORMovement.


I Promise will be staged at Durham Fruit & Produce, a 15,000 square foot warehouse space in downtown Durham, located at 305 S. Dillard St. The venue has recently undergone renovation and is now climate controlled, fully accessible, and equipped with restrooms sufficient to accommodate large events at the space. Parking is available free of charge (after 6 PM during the week and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday) in the parking lot for Durham Health and Human Services located at E. Main St. and S. Dillard St.; the entrance to the lot is off of S. Dillard St. Additionally, there is nearby street parking on Ramseur St. and S. Dillard St.


VIP: Access to opening wine & cheese reception one hour before show time with Artistic Director, VIP Reserved Seating. (Friday's VIPS tickets includes access to post performance reception with dancers immediately following event).

GENERAL ADMISSION: General admission seating available.

POST-SHOW RECEPTION: Access to post performance reception with dancers immediately following event. (Friday only)