WARP & WOOF

  Andre Cholmondeley + Constance Humphries, Warp & Woof III

Andre Cholmondeley + Constance Humphries, Warp & Woof III

  Allie Morris + Giles Collard, Warp & Woof III

Allie Morris + Giles Collard, Warp & Woof III

  Sharon Cooper + Audience, Warp & Woof III

Sharon Cooper + Audience, Warp & Woof III

Last Friday was the third Warp & Woof, a bi-monthly improvisational event held in Asheville. I decided I needed to write a blog about these because if you are local/visiting this area and missing them, you need to change that.

In May of this year, I was invited to document the first Warp & Woof in a gallery space I’d never heard of. Revolve is located in the Ramp Studios, which is off Riverside drive behind Cheap Joe’s Art and Ginger’s Revenge. The event was created and organized by a friend of mine, Amy Hamilton, who had a vision to bring together musicians and dancers for paired improvisation. The result is captivating. The performers have often never met until the night of the event, which creates a kind of electricity that grabs audience members and pulls them deeply into this shared, creative moment. The event consists of three, twenty-minute long performances, each in a different location within the Ramp Studios. At times, as an audience member, I have felt a deep resonance with the performers, an urge to cry, a sense of wonder, and have laughed quite a bit. The atmosphere and dialogue these improvisations create in the space is something you just have to experience; it can’t be verbally conveyed.

I’ve had the immense pleasure of documenting all three and I’m sharing some images from these evenings to capture your interest and encourage you to attend all future Warp & Woof events.

  Liz Lang + Edwin Salas, Warp & Woof II

Liz Lang + Edwin Salas, Warp & Woof II

  Richard Brewster + Ginger Wagg, Warp & Woof II

Richard Brewster + Ginger Wagg, Warp & Woof II

  Emmalee Hunnicutt + Jenni Cockrell, Warp & Woof II

Emmalee Hunnicutt + Jenni Cockrell, Warp & Woof II

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about a comment a friend of mine made about Revolve and what their programming offers our community. She said that without their work, she probably would have left Asheville a while ago. When I think over the last few months of both being involved with events at Revolve and attending several others, I think of the immense gratitude I have for this space, which provides an outlet for such creativity, raw emotion, incredible movement, sound, and artwork, and community. Revolve is irreplaceable and deeply worthy of your support, attention and attendance. Please go join their mailing list (and while you’re at it, join mine too) and put their events on your calendar.

  Elizabeth Lang + Sharon Cooper, Warp & Woof I

Elizabeth Lang + Sharon Cooper, Warp & Woof I

  Daniel Levin + Cilla Vee, Warp & Woof I

Daniel Levin + Cilla Vee, Warp & Woof I

  Kimathi Moore + Amy Hamilton, Warp & Woof I

Kimathi Moore + Amy Hamilton, Warp & Woof I

grace engel