MISSION & HISTORY
AKIMBO is an annual festival that showcases Baltimore's professional dance companies and movement artists, from traditional to experimental.
AKIMBO events are designed to build community between artists, audiences, and venues and to encourage ongoing relationships for future projects and collaborations.
AKIMBO is as much about the journey between the sites as it is about the experiences within. Audience members are encouraged to explore Station North and experience the neighborhood's rich architecture, culture, and community.
AKIMBO: A Project of Deep Vision Dance Company
AKIMBO is a project of Deep Vision Dance Company, Inc., under the direction the Artistic Direction of Nicole A. Martinell and Project Management of Sidney Pink. Deep Vision Dance Company, Inc. is a Baltimore-based, nonprofit organization with the mission to engage, inspire, and motivate the community through high quality performances and educational experiences.
Nicole and Sidney started working together at Towson University in the Department of Dance. They quickly found a common passion for site-specific artwork and community building. After many conversations about the rich and diverse Baltimore Arts Scene, a vision for a new kind of event started to emerge.
AKIMBO 2012, the inaugural event, presented 17 Baltimore-based professional dance companies and artists, six of which worked out of Station North. 2012 also included 15 live musicians, 12 Station North venues, 12 visual artists, and over 500 audience members.
AKIMBO 2013 will present 20 regional dance companies, over 100 individual artists, include 20 Station North sites and venues, and serve an estimate 800 audience members. This year's event will raise artistic excellence while bringing in emerging artistic voices. Baltimore audiences should expect unique site-specific work that pushes the boundaries of dance and art.
For more info about Deep Vision Dance Company visit: www.deepvisiondancecompany.org.
Companies & Artists presented at past AKIMBO events:
Common Ground Dance Company
Dance & Bmore
Deep Vision Dance Company
Electric Heart Engine
Fluct Dance Projects
Flux/Us Dance Projects
Full Circle Dance Company
Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company
Amy Boone McCreesh
Sky Blue Pink
Resources for Insipiration
AKIMBO is committed to sharing resources for
new ideas in dance and site-specific work. Here are some articles and websites
to further the conversation about movement based arts.
David Binder: The Arts Festival Revolution
Seldoms in Space
by Devin Hurd
Creating New Narratives Through Shared Time and Space
By Cherly Stock
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange: An Aesthetic of Inquiry, an Ethos of Dialogue
By John Borstel