Kaitlin June to Premiere LIGHTYEAR at Durham Arts Council, 6/20

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Kaitlin June to Premiere LIGHTYEAR at Durham Arts Council, 6/20

Triangle-based musician and dancer Kaitlin June presents the world premiere of her new performance, Lightyear, a fusion of dance, acrobatics, live piano and poetry that explores the creation and recollection of memory. This one night only event will be performed at the Durham Arts Council on Friday, June 20 at 7:30pm.

Lightyear is a one-woman performance that explores where and how memories are stored in the body, how music and movement take us back and keep us present, and the extent to which our memories are influenced by the passage of time and seasons. The piece fuses kinesthetic elements of acrobatics and contemporary dance with musical elements of live piano and voice to explore the internal chronology of the memories we all have, whether we consciously recognize it or not.

Performer Kaitlin June says, "While much of the text in Lightyear is inspired by autobiographical experiences, the intention of my new performance is to demonstrate how we can all relate to memory and the passage of time. I am inviting the audience to consider what is possible through excavating not only the memories that live in our brain cells, but in all of our body cells."

Leah Wilks, artistic director of VECTOR, says, "In addition to being an honest and heart-felt composer, a supple mover, and a damn powerful singer, Kaitlin June is one of those performers whose presence arrests you in your tracks. Her command of humor and sensitivity draw you into her world, and her willingness to touch both the dark and the light held inside a single memory, or inside a single person, allow you to access your own loves and your own demons. Lightyear is not a show to be missed!"

Kaitlin June is a composer, musician and dancer whose piano compositions have appeared in numerous theatrical, dance and film productions in the US and abroad. She has trained with Pilobolus Dance Theater and has performed in the Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, The ArtsCenter, Moving Arts Lab at Earthdance in Massachusetts, and for The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She has taught movement in Tanzania, Malawi, Bolivia, and the United Kingdom. A North Carolina native, Kaitlin grew up in Shelby, NC and received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.

The performance will take place in the PSI Theater of the Durham Arts Council (120 Morris Street, Durham). Parking is available off Morris Street either next to or directly across from the venue.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 at the door. No advance sales or reservations required. Seating is general admission, first-come-first-served.

Photo by Mary Catherine Penn

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