Revolutionaries in the Dark Gala


Our 3rd annual Revolutionaries in the Dark gala was our best attended Gala to date and held at the prestigious Rickhouse. A retired prizery, Durham’s Rickhouse is all chandeliers, antique casks, reclaimed wood, mortar, brick, and metal. For one night, this historic space transformed into an urban botanica. This special edition of the gala was themed Secret Garden – defined as new beginnings and growing to be seen. 
Our one-of-a-kind annual 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 the event 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.



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!

2019 GALA photos by Slater Mapp

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