NobleMotion Dance, led by husband-and-wife co-artistic directors Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble, is known for its innovative use of technology and frequent collaborations. The group sheds its multi-media tools for NobleMotion Unplugged, which is an “acoustic” show, says Andy Noble.
“Folks are used to seeing us with a substantial amount of technology or light design, and a lot of our work is really focused in collaboration,” he tells us. “These things are our hallmarks, and that’s what we’ve become known for. This time we wanted to show just straight-up, raw dancing, intimate, in-your-face and fun. Dionne and I have been working together for 15 years, and we came to technology later in our careers. At the root, our work has always been about storytelling, about choosing movement that showcases the dancers well and that conveys some kind of message. So even though we’re not using a lot of the technology we usually use, we don’t feel like we’re a fish out of water.”
On the program for this production is Harvest, a collaboration between NobleMotion and Musiqa, a music group. The two-year project is the first between the two groups and will result in an evening-length production in the spring of 2015. “We’re taking a lot of time and slow-cooking it,” Noble laughs. “We’re revealing bits of it over the two years, but the whole work won’t be seen for a couple of years yet.”