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Charlotte Adams

Artistic Director / Choreographer




Charlotte Adams’ choreography has been described as “gloriously audacious” (Pittsburgh in the Round), “arresting” (The New York Times,) “gorgeous” and “delicious” said The Tucson Weekly, describing a style that combines her signature wit and athleticism with an eye for the poetry of human foibles. Charlotte Adams & Dancers had its premiere performance at New York’s Joyce SoHo. Subsequent company performance venues and choreographic commissions include: Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Triskelion Arts (New York, NY), Diane Wortham Theatre (Asheville, NC), the DUMBO Dance Festival (Brooklyn, NY), DeMeester Theater (Tucson, AZ), OMDC the Lied Center (Omaha, NE), El Museo Centro Leon (Santiago, Dominican Republic), New Territory/Cuerpo de Danza (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Ah-Ha! Dance Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and the Theatre Iseion and Oldysud in southern France among others. Recently Adams toured and performed with The World As We Know It: solos performed by women of a certain age with dance artists Beth Corning, Simone Ferro, Li Chaio-Ping, Heidi Latsky, and Endalyn Taylor. She earned an MFA at the University of Arizona in 1995 and was a founding member of Tenth St Danceworks in Tucson. She joined the faculty in the Department of Dance at The University of Iowa in 1998. As a professor emerita, she now lives and works (occasionally) in Tucson.

Learn a little bit more about Charlotte....

ZUZI:  Tell us a little bit about the performance for this ZUZI! Winter Solstice show. What is the significance to the solstice?

Charlotte:  The solo, "Chasing Don Quixote", evolved as a collaborative process between choreographer Charlotte Adams and dancer Angelica Delashmette. Writings from personal experiences grew into a dance of off kilter perspectives, mad rushing countered by intense focus and stillness, all performed with stunning physicality by Delashmette. Accompanied to an eerily beautiful soundscape, the piece reminds us that a hint of beauty is always available if we can allow ourselves to see it.!

ZUZI:  How did you learn about ZUZI! Dance? What draws you to ZUZI!?

Charlotte:  I've known Nanette for many years as a dancer and friend. I've worked with ZUZI a few times in the past. I love their community minded approach to the arts. Tenth St Danceworks originally built the theater space that is now The Scamp and Scoundrel Theatre so I have a deep connection to the space and to the dance community in Tucson..

ZUZI:  What is something you have learned during the last couple of years, or during your entire dance career, that you wouldn't mind sharing?

Charlotte:  Make decisions based on what you love doing most..

Thank you, Charlotte, for sharing your spectacular choreography and ideas with ZUZI! Dance and thank you for being a part of our special Solstice show!

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