In the premiere of the dance production “Shade,” dancers and musicians evoke a sense of color, or shade, through their senses.
This week’s performances at the Cary Arts Center, presented by the Black Irish company, explore relationships between people and between senses.
The performance in three movements features music chosen to portray a relationship or atmosphere. The first movement focuses on transitions between dark and light. The second describes color and connects it to relationships.
The third, composed and performed by William Howard, Justin Mackey and David Lezcano of Citizen Shade, specifically centers on how the show might be viewed with all senses.
Hour-long shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. A short question-and-answer session will follow, then an after-party at Belle.
Receptions for the art exhibition “Synesthesia: Connecting the Senses” precede each performance. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which one sense interacts with another; a person with synesthesia might hear sound as well as perceive it in color.
Students of Enloe High School and the 3D Project of the Cary Ballet Conservatory will be featured in the Friday performance. Cardinal Gibbons High School students and the Rainbow Dance Company of Arts Together Studio perform on Saturday, and dancers from the North Carolina Dance Institute on Sunday.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids and students. For information, go to iamblackirish.com.