FROM | INTO | TOWARDS

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FROM | INTO | TOWARDS is a 3-part video project created by DK company dancer Manuel Valdes. For these videos, Manuel reflected on his experience during the pandemic and his hopes for life beyond it. To express himself, he used the language he knows best — dance.

"TOWARDS (part 3) is a race towards the finish line called life. We are constantly chasing, wondering what the future holds, but forget to relish the journey there. As the dancers emerge running towards an unknown destination they have various connections that then propel them forward with a sense of joy."
    —Manuel Valdes

Choreographer: Manuel Valdes
Videographer/Editor: Paige Gray
Dancers: Natalie Clevenger, Aleksa Coffey, Emily Dyson, Emily Franks, Holly Harkins, Marie Kuhns, Justin Rainey, Paige Robinson, Eduardo Zambrana
Music: Paul Barnes & Philip Glass — David Jalbert
Photographer: Drew Edicott

"INTO (part two) dives into the world of various types of love and connection. Venturing back into the world after a year or so of separation felt as strange as a first date, but also exciting to be able to feel a collective sense of community again. Through two duets and a trio the dancers convey different moments of relationships: togetherness, shyness, tenderness and how those connections balance us as humans."
    —Manuel Valdes

Choreographer: Manuel Valdes
Videographer/Editor: Paige Gray
Dancers: Aleksa Coffey, Eduardo Zambrana, Emily Dyson, Justin Rainey, Marie Kuhns
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach - Thomas Zehetmair
Photographer: Drew Edicott

"FROM (part one) portrays the idea of individuals acknowledging their insecurities and expressing how the world tells them to cope. We are too often told how we should feel and sometimes that can shrink us as people. This work is a celebration of one’s ability to identify their faults, but also love and accept every part of who they are."
    —Manuel Valdes

Choeographer: Manuel Valdes
Dancers: Natalie Clevenger, Emily Franks, Holly Harkins, Paige Robinson
Videographer/Editor: Paige Gray
Music Producer: COCO-PALOMA and Héctor Oaks

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