Edgar L. Page
A Slow Drag (2020)
Production: Going Solo
Edgar L. Page is originally from Detroit, MI where he began his dance training through the Detroit Public Schools system. A proud graduate of Cass Technical High School, he furthered his dance studies at the Alvin Ailey School, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and earned his BA in Dance from Western Michigan University as both a Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholar and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Scholar. Upon graduation, Mr. Page spent a season with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company before joining the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Page toured domestically and internationally as a principal member of the company for nearly a decade and was featured in the works of Alvin Ailey, Gary Abbott, Baba Chuck Davis, Katherine Dunham, Christopher Huggins, Donald McKayle, Ray Mercer, Milton Myers, Eleo Pomare, David Rousseve, Nejla Yatkin and others.
With a graceful prowess, Mr. Page has since shifted his focus towards curating his own work while enriching his community through multiple creative offerings. Establishing his company, Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement in June of 2018, he utilizes this intersectional, multigenerational arts initiative to offer an interdisciplinary embodiment of human creativity through movement-based mindfulness that centers the communal aspects of dance found within the African Diaspora. Socially motivated, his work interweaves dance techniques, athleticism, and the Africanist Aesthetic of Cool to inform a lush amalgamation of contemporary movement that interrogates phenomena to expand topical dialogues where audiences are invited to explore #thefeelingofanemotion with and through his dancers. Intrigued by society’s obsession with social media, Page curates nuanced physical narratives about the pursuit of love and happiness in this era, the rapidly morphing continuum of affection due to technology, and the collateral damage found when these collide.
In addition to being named a 2020 S*PARK Artist in Residence with Redline Contemporary Art Center, Mr. Page is a mentee in the 2020 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training Cohort and has been named a City of Denver Cultural Partner, a Creativity Connects Fellow, A Next Stage NOW Artist, the inaugural recipient of the Presenting Denver Dance Festival’s Audience Favorite Award and the current Presenting Denver Dance Festival Artist in Residence. His company was voted the 2019 Readers’ Choice for Best Artist in the annual Top of the Town Awards presented by 5280 Magazine. You can learn more about Edgar L. Page and his endeavors by visiting www.edgarlpage.com.
Photo: Sydney S. Noble