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Nicole Harris: I believe you will be working on something for your grad school thesis during NACHMO this year. Can you tell us about it?
Zackery Betty Neagle: Yes, the work I am exploring for this NACHMO season is in conjunction with my grad school thesis. This will be 1 section out of 7 that will be a representation of the bioregion of New Hampshire through concert dance. Through research, explorations, adaptations, and conversations I am putting together an evening's length work highlighting New Hampshire's history, art's culture & community, agriculture, economy, and geography. There are seven regions to New Hampshire and this will be a synopsis of one section of the state! A goal would be to take this work to each of the regions and revitalize some Theatre's, Opera Houses, or Town Hall stages to show the ability & impact dance has!
ZBN: Since completion of filming with Turning Key Dance, we learned working with Jules the power of "YES and"; as both Jules and myself are Artistic Directors, we're used to making decisions solely based for our companies, however getting to collaborate on movement and angles and storyline, it was like we had a blank canvas and we each got to splatter paint of our own colors to create our work! Playing off of one another's ideas and energies. It was a wonderful artistic and friendship building experience!
N: NSquared has kept busy during Covid. What have you been up to?
ZBN: NSquared Dance has been quite busy during COVID, aside from filming with Turning Key Dance, NSquared has been performing in several showcases in New Hampshire & Mass and has grown to be a fully established entity in Manchester, NH. Furthering our roots in New Hampshire, we are in the process of becoming a Non-Profit and look forward to sharing more concert dance works with Northern New England and the Boston area. Sharing the JOY of dance!
ZBN: We're great friends with NACHMO participant Amanda Whitworth and also Brett Bell. Luminarium Dance, and Bosoma are another of the NSquared Dance's favorites! karen Krolak, Nicole Harris, and Brenna Banister are fabulous artists for making this all happen and we are grateful for their creativity and encouragement! There is such diversity within the contemporary/ modern dance language and each choreographer has their own dialect which makes the performances and creations exceptionally special to watch, especially during this month of creativity!
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