A special story about The Carrack

ShaLeigh Dance Works  at The Muse Masquerade!


In August of 2011, I was about to set off on the adventure and challenge of my life. I had two incredible opportunities before me: I could either take an adjunct position at a university that I adored, or I could head abroad to train with the company of my dreams.



I had just finished a show with Martha Clarke and she simply said to me while laughing, “Israel is the more interesting choice.” And so, after supporting one of my favorite musicians through a “new-at-the-time” platform called kickstarter, I decided that if I could do the impossible and raise 8,000 in 8 days then it would be a sign to go to Israel. And it happened.



I set off in early September. One of the amazing contributors to my campaign was someone I had never met. This person later launched their own campaign for The Carrack. I immediately contributed. I arrived back in NC the exact day of their Grand Opening on Parrish Street. I actually never met this incredible donor but I have continued to support their cause and will never forget how that support helped shape my life.


The Carrack

A RETROFUTURISTIC gala benefitting the Triangle’s only
zero-commission art gallery


ShaLeigh Dance Works performed their light installation entitled Invocations originally commissioned by North Carolina Museum of Art and their stage performance of E Pluribus RAW



We joined their Fourth Annual Muse Masquerade, a celebration of strangeness and taboo, spirit and intrigue, music and magic.



A gathering of artists, absurdists, poets, oracles, and time-travelers to support The Carrack, Durham’s zero-commission arts gallery and performance space. The Carrack provides exhibition opportunities to underrepresented artists from the community and hosts concerts, workshops, artists talks, film screenings, yoga, improvisation, and other diverse programming – most of which is free to attend. Wholly funded by grassroots donations, the Muse Masquerade generates more than half of their annual budget.



To make a contribution or find out how you can be involved, click  here.


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