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A Site-Specific Dance Tour Through Downtown Reno


What: The 2015 Artown festival will feature a new collaborative piece known as Destination Dance.  Site-specific dance is work that is created in response to a particular place or site, inspired by its architecture, design, history, or current use. Destination Dance will feature the work of local choreographers who have been commissioned to create unique performances juxtaposed against iconic downtown fixtures, taking traditional and contemporary dance off of the stage and into a new environment. Movement, visual imagery, and passion will blend to create an eclectic vision for the community and one that we can hope to apply in perpetuity.


Where: Featuring urban and natural sites located in the Riverwalk District in downtown Reno, this walking-distance dance tour will allow audience members to engage with dance in a whole new way and view some of Reno’s most treasured locations in a new and invigorating light. Utilizing signature monuments in the heart of Reno such as the Ross Manor Garden the Truckee River Whitewater Park, the historic Riverside Hotel, the steps of the Washoe County Courthouse, and the Lake Mansion, Destination Dance will celebrate our city’s unique sense of place through movement.


Who:  Eve Allen, dancer and choreographer in Reno, NV, has been commissioned by Artown to execute Destination Dance during the July 2015 festival.  Allen received her M.F.A. in Ballet from the University of Utah and B.S. in Business Administration with a Dance minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. Allen, alongside other local choreographers, will create new works that reshape the conventional notions of performance.  Tour guides will be equipped able to discuss the history behind the various sites and the inspiration behind each artist’s choreographic decisions.


When:  Thursday, July 23, 2015 with tour groups departing from the Lear Theatre at 6:00pm, 6:20pm, 6:40pm, and 7:00pm.  The tour route will be approximately 1.2 miles and will take one hour to complete.  The event is open to the public, and people will be welcome to join the tour for as many stops as they choose.


Now in its 20th year, Artown raises the bar by not only celebrating the anniversary of Artown’s existence but by commending local artists that have blossomed and flourished over the past two decades. While remaining artistically, economically, and socially relevant, Artown admires innovation and proudly stands behind local projects that will elevate not only our brand but also amplify the community in which we live. Artown consistently strives to stay avant-garde and Allen’s Destination Dance not only embraces the ethos of the July Festival but demonstrates the power of the arts as it is designed to inspire audiences and showcase what the arts have to offer. 


Contact: Jennifer Mannix



"Destination Dance" is proud to be part of the 20th Anniversary of Artown and the July 2015 Festival.  The month-long summer arts festival features approximately 500 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by U.S. Bank, NV Energy, IGT, Grand Sierra Resort, University of Nevada, Reno, Wild River Grille, Washoe County, Reno Tahoe USA, Fox 11 News 4 and My21TV, Reno Media Group, RGJ Media, KUNR Public Radio and KNPB Public Television.  Additional support is received from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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