Meet Choreographer, Sharon Leahy
Sharon has created an original dance film for STIR titled Ground Fine.
Ground Fine is all about our rocky relationships with food. Human nature leads us to crave the foods that we know we shouldn’t have. Ground Fine zooms in on those weaker moments in life with playfulness and physicality asking “why must I love what hurts me so?” (also the name of the original song written by Rick Good to be the soundtrack for the film). The film was shot on location at the Camelia House in Lafayette, La in an authentic 1950s style kitchen.
Dancers in the film are Clare Cook, Kelli Jones and Emma Young, with original music written by Rick Good. Musicians featured in the recording include Rick Good and Sharon Leahy on lead vocals, Joel Savoy on electric guitar, Nick Stephan on sax and keyboard, Cal Stevenson on bass and Danny Devillier on drums.
Katie Platt of Feel Good Foods is the chef collaborator creating a taste of food to accompany Ground Fine.
Sharon Leahy has spent a lifetime creating dance and theater for the stage, working with traditional forms to express/impress contemporary themes. As a choreographer she has been commissioned to create work by Jacob’s Pillow, the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, and many others. She was an artist in residence at the University of Dayton and has taught master classes at colleges across the country. As Artistic Director of Rhythm in Shoes, she led an ensemble of dancers and musicians, touring nationally and internationally, presenting original performance art that was both surprising and familiar.
Carry it on…Sharon’s first dance for camera and has been seen at numerous dance film festivals including Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, The International ScreenDance Festival at the American Dance Festival and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She has won the Blue Ribbon in the clogging contest at both the National Folk Festival at Wolftrap in Virginia and the Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia.
Don’t miss out on seeing the premiere of Sharon Leahy’s new dance film alongside new dance works by Frances Barker, Clare Cook, Gina Hanchey and Paige Krause.
STIR, a food and dance performance event
Thursday August 3, OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION Benefit, 7:00pm
Friday August 4, 7:30pm
Friday August 4, 9:30pm
Saturday August 5, 7:30pm
$40 General Admission
$35 AcA Members, Students, Seniors
$125 Opening Night Celebration tickets (Thursday Aug. 3rd only)*