By Walter Rutledge
Newsteps begins their 35th bi-annual emerging choreographers showcase December 7 through December 9 at the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street in Chinatown. Newsteps offers new and emerging dance makers the opportunity to develop and present works in a low pressure, nurturing environment. Each choreographer is given rehearsal space, an honorarium, mentoring from a member of the selection panel, and multiple (three) performances to give the works time to “find its own voice”.
This season NewSteps will present six works by eight dance makers: Jenny Boissiere, Esmé Boyce, Keith Comley, Chelsea Hecht, Alexandra Lockhart, Emily McDaniel, Emily McDaniel, Nikki Theroux and Shannon Yu. The evening offered a varied array of artistic expression ranging from witty to prophetic. Each work was an original and oft-times personal statement expressed through movement.
NEWSTEPS 2017 KEITH COMLEY- MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHER
Keith Comley, a Central Florida native, received a BA in theater and a double Minor in Graphic Design and Fine Art from Flagler College. He has worked with companies such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Walt Disney World Resort, Royal Caribbean and currently at Sleep No More. Comley’s theater and visual arts background clearly aids his process in creating this abstract narrative.