SARUS Festival is organized and made possible by
Alban Elved Dance Company, a 501-c-3 non-profit charitable organization.
Artistic & Executive Director karola Luettringhaus.
Alban Elved Dance Company pursues the creation and presentation of innovative, multi-dimensional, original, and intellectually stimulating art experiences to fulfill some of humanities most fundamental needs: meaningful emotional and intellectual connection, creativity, and freedom. We investigate the psychological, societal and cultural implications of creativity and understand art to be an intrinsically human trait that bears great importance on our very nature. We are dedicated to enriching the professional artistic exchange in North Carolina and seek to expand the bearing of dance theatre and interdisciplinary performing arts on the social, personal and political fabric of our communities. We create and present art that fosters open-mindedness and tolerance across ages and backgrounds and past the borders of the venue into everyday life. We aim to strengthen the image of women as physically and emotionally reliable, self-determined and eloquently expressive individuals.
Creativity is an intrinsically human trait that bears great importance on our very nature, as individual and communal beings. Art nurtures our inquisitive, reasoning and imaginative psychology. We, as oganization, find it important to keep pushing sophisticated artistic exploration and risk-taking so we, as all the individuals, may discuss, feel, experience and learn about the potential of our minds. Through critical and reflective art we, as individuals, develop sensitivites that give us, as a species, life experiences that transcend, foster cultural, social and personal development and enrich our souls.
ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karola Lüttringhaus was born and grew up in Berlin, Germany, where she founded ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY in 1997 to form an outlet for her diverse artistic pursuits.
Her interdisciplinary dance-theatre works are marked by a unique visceral and kinetic voice that traces the changeable electricity of thought and sensation that underlies human interaction and interpersonal relationships.
Merging American experiences with her European roots she creates evocative psychological landscapes of dynamic elegance that embrace intellect and instinct in equal measure.
For the past 15 years she has been the artistic director of ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY, as well as working as a freelance choreographer at theatres and universities across Europe and the US, including residencies at UN Las Vegas, Auburn University, Salem College, Wake Forest University and others. She ahs performed and choreographed at the Prague Quadrennial, the T-Werk Potsdam, MoBe Berlin, the Landesbuehnen Sachsen, Germany, Dance New Amsterdam NYC, The Snowy Range Dance Festival, The International Aerial Dance Festival, CO, Dock 11 Berlinto name a few.
She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a MA/MFA in Scene and Costume Design and Scenography from the Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany. Her continuing studies in biomechanics, the Axis Syllabus and massage therapy inform and shape her teaching, guiding dance technique out of the realms of style into an understanding of the ability to move intelligently and passionately within the parameters of anatomical and biomechnical guidelines.
AEDC board of directors
Amanda Cordova (chair)
Dawn Shropshire Swaim
Rachael Crawford Goolsby
PEFORMANCE * COMMUNITY * EDUCATION
OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS
LIVE PERFORMANCES & INTERNATIONAL TOURING ... Most recent residencies and international touring include: Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK, Edinburgh Collegiate Festival/UK, Prague Quadrennial/CZ, T-Werk/Germany, University of Nevada Las Vegas, UNC Wilmington, Salem College, Auburn University, Charlotte Boom! Festival, Moving Poets 6/15 showcase, Charlotte New Music Festival, … and many others.
Every year in the summer, SARUS festival offers a unique and important counterpoint to other art offerings in the area. The festival offers platforms for presentation and exchange for a broad range of artists and arts genres.The SARUS Festival is the heart-piece of our organization's work in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties. Incubated and hugely successful in 2007 and 2008, 2014, 2015. We are excited to continue the festival on an annual basis. Part of the SARUS festival are performances and events by professional local, regional and international artists, workshops, outreach, master classes, a youth program, a week-long retreat in July, installations, exhibitions and concerts, social events, film showings, a fundraiser and discussion rounds. http://www.Sarusfestival.org
SARUS RETREAT: Guest artists are invited to spend a creative intensive period of 7 days in Wilmington to create site-specific works for our city and in collaboration with local artists. Housing is provided. Works that come out of the retreat are to be presented at SARUS.
The SARUS school consists of 3 weeks of workshops, classes and artist opportunities.
The SARUS Festival's children's portion: on one weekend we offer performances for, with and by children and teens.
ARTS EDUCATION – WORKSHOPS High school 9-12: We offer sophisticated creative workshops and movement labs for participants High school grades 9-12. Several themes are offered as workshop/lab focus:
ARTS EDUCATION – PERFORMANCES k-12 We offer performances for young audiences k-12. Thought provoking dance theatre, highly visual, meaningful and conceptually sound works are performed for and discussed with young audiences. We visit schools with these programs and also perform at local festivals.
MoRe – MOVEMENT RESEARCH PROJECT The MoRe project is an interdisciplinary event- and research series that focuses on the intersections of movement arts and movement sciences. Particular interest lies in kinesiology, bio-mechanics and movement education.
MoRe FESTIVAL – The first Movement Research Festival will take place in conjunction with the MoRe Summer School, July 23-31, 2016. The events of the festival will focus on the intersection of arts and sciences, on health, wellness and education.
MoRe SUMMER SCHOOL – The first MoRe summer school for somatics, dance and movement science takes place at, and in partnership with, Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, on the Salem College campus, July 23-31, 2016. http://www.movement-research.org .
EDUCATIONAL SERIES: regular classes and weekend workshops in Wilmington, NC: African Dance, Post Modern Dance, BII Movement studies, Partnering, Contact Improvisation, choreography, Yoga. Open to all. These classes are offered in partnership with the Dance Co-operative, The Wilmington School of Ballet, and others. An intensive and open classes in movement science are taught in January at Salem College.