Anemone Dance Theater is under the artistic direction of Sara Baird. She produces multimedia performances that integrate choreography and improvisational movement with sculptural costumes and props, lighting and video, original composition and live music, and set design. The company forges artistic collaborators, pursues interdisciplinary art making and seeks alternative performing spaces.
Anemone Dance Theater is influenced by the philosophy of Japanese Butoh Dance. The repertory explores the harmony and tension found in the natural world, the evolving relationship between society and technology, and the beauty found in the struggle between the lightness and darkness of humanity.
Sara Baird, artistic director of Anemone Dance Theater, and Julie Becton Gillum, artistic director of Legacy Butoh, are frequent collaborators, having choreographed and performed together many times over the last five years. They created and produced the sold out show, Yugen through NC Stage’s Catalyst Series, and more recently, UWABE – Art in the Park in the fall 2014. Both artists have toured the world with 60 years of combined professional experience.