Top choreographers team up for SOPAC show

Tyner Dumortier of Randy James' dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, in "Pillar of Salt."


Tyner Dumortier of Randy James’ dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, in “Pillar of Salt,” which will be performed at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Oct. 10.

Choreographers Randy James, Lydia Johnson and Erin Carlisle Norton will each present a full-length work at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, Oct. 10, as the New Jersey State Arts Council showcases the 2014 winners of its Choreography Fellowship.

A question-and-answer session with the choreographers — moderated by dance critic Robert Johnson, an contributor — will follow the performances.

James will be represented by his Highland Park-based all-male troupe, 10 Hairy Legs, performing his “Pillar of Salt,” a work that, he says in a press release, “crystallized my vision for and motivation to bring the concept of 10 Hairy Legs to fruition.”

Lydia Johnson’s company, Lydia Johnson Dance — based in South Orange, and combining elements of ballet and contemporary dance — will present her “Night and Dreams,” set to Schubert Lieder, and Norton’s Montclair-based contemporary dance troupe, The Moving Architects, will premiere her “Demure as Dynamite.”

Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $20 ($15 for SOPAC members).


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