Cori Terry

Amelia Falk

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus is part of the planning, as Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers moves forward with its 40th anniversary season. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, founder Cori Terry  and executive director Kate Yancho share their excitement for two upcoming events:  Choreography And Cocktails 2, at 7 pm on Fri, Nov 20, and TURBULENCE: Fall Concert of Dance, at 8 pm on Saturday, Nov 21. Both are online, interactive presentations that showcase new and classic dance pieces created by the modern dance company. They are both pay-what-you-can events, starting with a minimal fee.

For its 40th season, Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers will share some of their most significant choreography and performance achievements on film with online audiences, side-stepping restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eyes Back, Feet Forward Spring Concert of Dance by Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers set for May 2-4, will build on a collaboration between the 39 year-old modern dance company and Last Gasp Collective, a hip-hop/soul/jazz group founded by Jay Jackson in 2015. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Wellspring's Cori Terry looks back at who she was when she came to Kalamazoo 4 decades ago, and how her personal mission has changed over time with the success of the company. The extra time and rehearsal required to collaborate with live musicians is worth it, she says, for the palpable energy live performance creates. Last Gasp leader Jay Jackson says the collaboration with Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers has been beneficial for the band, adding to his wide-ranging vision for the group.

The Spring Concert will be performed in the Wellspring Theatre of the Epic Center on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm, Friday, May 3 at 8 pm, and Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm.

Courtesy Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers

If you got to a dance production, you’re likely seeing the vision of one artist: a choreographer, with occasionally help from a few others. But for the first time, Kalamazoo’s Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers is trying something much different. It’s bringing together three different artists: electric violinist Ritsu Katsumata, shadow theater artist Paddy Aidan, and Wellspring artistic director and choreographer Cori Terry. Together, they’ve created a chaotic, sensory multimedia experience called mistfreezemeltsteam.