The Pool Issue 3

Page 26

Up in the clouds. With San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop, Hunter embraces the moment with open arms.


CalArts Alumni Magazine


ntoine Hunter is a sublime dancer—admiring colleagues call him a “beautiful mover.” With muscled arms, powerful torso and swift feet and legs, he eats up space, crossing a stage with a stream of steps, or hovering high above it on a leap. He stands tall and regal, and yet, he seems to push holes in the floor with his deeply bent-knee, rolling-hip walk. One can’t help but be attracted to his joyful spirit and whole-body physicality; his is an imposing stature tempered by a gentle, elegant soul. “Oh my God, he’s got so much charisma,” says San Francisco choreographer Kim Epifano, director of Epiphany Dance. “He’s just honestly who he is, and he’s got a great passion for his work.” And so, it’s astonishing to discover that Hunter is deaf. He cannot hear the music, but has learned to embody it. Hunter explains that he can feel the vibrations when the music is played loudly. He “listens” to a score at home, the volume cranked all the way up, to get a tactile sense of its