“Step This Way” Video Premiere

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A dancer performs in front of a light outside at night, casting her shadow on a brick wall

“Creative and Captivating Performance” at the Ackland

Video Available Online Now

In November 2023, the Ackland presented Step This Way, a site-specific performance featuring live music and dance by Mark Gabriel Little and Maura García (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet). The performance took place on and around pARC, an interactive playful installation designed and created by The Urban Conga on the Ackland’s Terrace. Step This Way transformed the seemingly unrelated elements of the Museum and the surrounding areas into a unifying performance experience, with music and choreography that changed as the environment and the people within it changed throughout the duration of the piece. Step This Way celebrates place, the arts, and the capacity that we have to listen to, relate to, and beautifully respond to one another.

Whether you had the pleasure of being there and want to revisit the experience, or whether you missed it and wish you’d seen it live, now you can watch it online. Watch the short version on this page, and see the full-length version of the performance with program notes here.

Step This Way was supported by a Grassroots grant from the Orange County Arts Commission and a gift from Allen Anderson and Tama Hochbaum. Technical support was given by PlayMakers Repertory Company.