Where does the trail lead you? The October sun dips behind an oak grove and the string lights blink into a soft glow, and the piano sighs, and the whole whimsy garden comes to life. Jugglers, poets, lavender and linen and music and tea and wine, dance and dance and dance.
We soiree in the Garden, charmed, our hearts abundant amongst the truffles and foxgloves. Time stills. We shed our secrets. We let go. We move forward, and we grow.
Join us this October for the 3rd annual Revolutionaries in the Dark, a fundraising gala for ShaLeigh Dance Works. This special edition of the gala is themed Secret Garden – defined as new beginnings, your secrets are safe with us, we are growing to be seen. The elegant extravaganza will include wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, local artists, a secret guest speaker, and special performances by ShaLeigh Dance Works.
Our one-of-a-kind fundraiser reflects the inclusive and innovative spirit that defines ShaLeigh Dance Works, and our success is driven by the dynamic arts community we serve. All proceeds for this event will support the future of ShaLeigh Dance Works and our mission to create socially conscious dance-theatre work, expand the reach of our healing movement language, and offer engagement programs with a positive impact on the lives of others.
Discover incredible artists such as World Record Juggler and Drag Queen Jude LeQueen and our beloved Poetry Fox creating handmade poems just for you. Internationally acclaimed Pianist and SDW’s E Pluribus Unum Composer Alejandro Santoyo will open the main stage show. ShaLeigh Dance Works will perform four exciting dances including Derivations; an excerpt of E Pluribus Unum II; a sneak peek of their upcoming world premiere The In-Between; and a surprise performance with some very special guests.
$40 General Admission
$70 Two Ticket Bundle
*Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 23*
Flower crowns, lace, and silk. Top hats and bow-ties. Parasoles, prints, bold hues & button-ups. Chrome, copper, chambray, ribbon, glitter. Elegance your way.
VENUE & PARKING
609 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701
A retired prizery, Durham’s Rickhouse is all chandeliers, antique casks, reclaimed wood, mortar, brick, and metal. For one night, this historic space transforms into an urban botanica.
Just a block from Central Park, the heart of Durham, street parking abounds along Foster Street, Hunt Street, Rigsbee Street, Roney Street, and Corporation. Evening parking is also available in surrounding lots.
SPONSORSHIP Interested in supporting our community vision? Consider sponsoring this event. Click here to see sponsorship packages, and understand that we can tailor them to fit the unique needs of each business or individual.
ABOUT Since 2017, we have held our annual Revolutionaries in the Dark Gala. The name comes from the desire to create a platform for artists creating socially engaged work. We want to create a platform that celebrates artists that are literally shining a light in dark places by challenging many of society’s deepest assumptions. We see our work as a cultural tool that helps to expose and humanize the emotions we feel. We are deeply inspired by those providing a voice for others who may not have another way to be heard. This work calls us to action and we want to continue to participate in these shared efforts for deep and lasting social change. Our company’s mission is to create socially conscious dance-theatre, expand the reach of our healing movement language, and offer engagement programs with positive impact on the lives of others. Our growing outreach initiatives continue to provide platforms that support other artists and organizations with similar mission driven work.
We see our Gala as something that not only supports us and the work we do, but we are actively seeking to change the way artists are valued. We see this as a part of a much bigger conversation. And just as we want to create a platform for other artists shining a light in the dark and working to create change, we want to shine our light on them as well! We hope the Gala will continue to grow each year and become an event that deeply inspires us all.
In our inaugural year alone, we produced 22 performances, 4 touring productions, 3 world premieres, 20 outreach classes, and 8 community workshops. We also provided a platform for 2000 community members by hosting Durham’s March for Our lives. We brought visibility to individuals with special needs by creating two performances at DPAC and were able to provide clothing and blankets to individuals who are homeless. We have only grown since then and have continued to build off of that remarkable momentum.
Our Gala continues to celebrate Inspired Guest Speakers doing their own “impossible” in the world and the festive evening features powerful performances, delicious wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and an artist after party!