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Shift Dance Festival always seeking ways to push ahead

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Shift Dance Festival is an ongoing project.

The organization is back again this year bringing contemporary dance to Albuquerque.

S. Paola López R. is one of the guest artists at the Shift Dance Festival. (SOURCE: Laura Bustillos Jaquez)

“We’ve expanded the festival to five days,” says lisa nevada, festival co-director. “We aim to create a festival that brings the community together in dance. Shift Dance is really proud to continue to drive the advancement of exploratory and research-based dance in Albuquerque.”

The festival’s three directors – nevada, Jacqueline M. García and Kelsey Paschich – will each present new works in the closing night of the festival, as well as perform in a newly commissioned work by Erika Pujic.

El Paso-based artist S. Paola López R. will present “transfronteriza,” which tells the story of life on the U.S.-Mexican border. She will perform on Thursday, Oct. 19.

New York-based dancer Erika Pujic will unveil a new commissioned piece. (SOURCE: Kelsey Paschich)

AGA Collaborative featuring Gretchen Alterowitz, Alison Bory, and Amanda Hamp will present “win. place. show.” The work investigates a set of interrelated themes: the pressures of accomplishment and achievement, the demands of perpetual productivity, and the many ways of “being” in the daily race. Working with cultural markers of competition (track suits, trophies, winners’ podiums), the piece reveals structures that shape our expectations and experiences. The collaborative will perform on Friday, Oct. 20.

New York-based Erika Pujic was commissioned by Shift Dance to create “Transverse Syndrome.” The piece explores the statuesque images of intersecting lines and the physicality of diverse individuals moving through space.

“Each of the artists brings something different,” nevada says. ”

In addition to the performances, the festival is also hosting public engagement series on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Orpheum Arts Space, 500 Second SW.

“We try to learn something new with each festival,” nevada says. “We’re always looking at how we can push the festival forward. There are amazing dancers, and it all comes down to time and funds.”