NCDF presents SDW at Goodyear Arts in Charlotte

OCT 6-7, 2023 | 7:30PM





4 professional NC choreographers will present new or recent dance works at Goodyear Arts in Charlotte. 

ShaLeigh Dance Works (Durham) shares an excerpt from “enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight” as an immersive, interdisciplinary performance that proposes a new experience of dance and theater that engages senses beyond the visual. 

“Halidom,” by Joy Davis and Eric Mullis (Charlotte), is a duet created in Tokyo and Kyoto in 2019. Together, they engage in conversation between the artists’ movement vernaculars and Japanese Butoh. 

In Lee Edwards’ (Durham) “reclamation: processing (through) lament,” the dancers explore the “now” and the waves of the past which we are constantly reckoning with, asking how rest, play, and joy exist alongside the chaos of our present moment. 

Carol Finley and Courtney White (Raleigh) present “Misfortunes,” a collaborative duet on stationary bikes that employs humor to challenge competition culture in group fitness environments and consider the randomness of what comes our way.

An artist talk-back follows the performance.

Admission is by donation ($25 donation suggested). Please RSVP to claim a seat.

This performance is sponsored by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s Performing Arts Medicine Clinic, and Stability Engineering, with additional support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Accessibility & Safety Details

Accessible parking is located directly in front of Goodyear Arts, on Camp Rd., and a ramp leads from the sidewalk to the entrance of Goodyear Arts. 

The venue is on one level, with one accessible restroom. The venue is not air-conditioned. 

Seating is moveable and can accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices. 

Printed performance details are available in large-print or digitally. 

Please contact Anne at 336-370-6776 for information about any additional accessibility questions or accommodations. 

SDW proudly presents the Audio Described Virtual Premieres of Beyond Sight: The Making of enVISION & enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight

Image Description: A smiling, blindfolded man stands on a pile of leaves and looks up with arms reaching out while surrounded by a group of performers, bubbles, and wind chimes.

Previously, ShaLeigh Dance Works premiered enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight to live audiences opening the 89th American Dance Festival’s Season with five sold-out performances at The Fruit in Durham, North Carolina. Talented videographer Palani Mohan captured the show with high-quality multi camera shoots of the live performance. While creating this collaborative dance-theatre work, filmmaker Michael Washington of Argyle Rebel Films added another layer of collaboration: he documented the process. 

We invite you to join us both onstage and behind the scenes through this double premiere with audio description by Jan Too, to take a closer look at what went into its making and to experience the virtual premiere of enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight.

“Audio description is not only a service designed to help blind and visually impaired audiences gain deeper insights, but it creates a full immersive experience. Audio description also helps persons with vision as a powerful message: it transcends social & cultural norms of what it deems important while revealing the information that actually levels the playing field.” – Co-Director Davian Robinson

Jan Tu is a describer of choice for audio description training. She strives for accuracy and evocativeness and is an advocate for removing barriers to all art forms whether visual, tactile, aural, or kinetic. When asked why audio description is also important for sighted audiences, she shared,

“If the general public is not aware of the disconnect – not aware that not everyone can participate equally – they will not make space [time, even if only seconds] for audio designers like me to fill in the gaps.”  – Audio Describer Jan Tu

Chatham Life & Style called it “a new evolution in dance.” IndyWeek praised it as “astounding” and a “bold, immersive performance.” CVNC described it as “a sensational and poetically eye-opening performance,” and Beltline to Broadway chronicled it as “a new sensorial way to experience dance and theater.”

We’re thrilled to premiere the audio described documentary and performance virtually. 

Screening Details

Virtual Premiere of enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight, filmed by Palani Mohan with audio description by Jan Too, is an immersive interdisciplinary performance that does not solicit the viewer’s sight but rather all their other senses. Specifically conceived with and for individuals who are low-vision and blind, the work proposes a new sensorial experience of dance and theater. The work was presented to a live audience who could choose to experience the show blindfolded and invited six audience members to join the experience onstage.

When: Friday, June 9th 5pm, Online Virtually with 48 hour access.


Virtual Premiere of Beyond Sight: The Making of enVISION, a Michael I. Washington Film  audio described by Jan Too “is a one of a kind documentary that showcases the creative process behind ShaLeigh Dance Works’ newest masterwork. Told by the artists themselves, ‘Beyond Sight’ is an unflinching look at what it takes to push boundaries and change the landscape of live performance forever. – Michael Washington, Filmmaker.

When: Friday, June 9th 5pm, Online Virtually with 48 hour access.



Tickets $0 – $15 

Free tickets are available to individuals who identify as queer, transgender, non-binary and/or intersex, Black, Indigenous, and other LGBTQI+ people of color (QTIBIPOC) as well as individuals who live with disabilities or financial hardships. No one is turned away for lack of funds. 


enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight by ShaLeigh Comerford is co-commissioned by the American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works and is supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org

The 2023-2024 Season will be both on stage and online. Full information about the season will continue to be updated HERE.