Relay Dance Collective presents PASSAGE Featuring choreography by Brenna Monroe-Cook, Imana Gunawan, Sara Jinks, Mark J. Kane, Anna Krupp, Amy Johnson, Holly Logan, and Austin Sexton. Yaw Theater 6520 5th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108 Cost: General $20.00; Patron (preferred seating) $30
By Gabrielle Gainor I fell in love with Anna Krupp's dancing more than a year ago via her video audition for Relay (she was a senior at the University of Iowa at the time). The video was of a solo she did -- I think it was for her senior capstone -- which began with her slowly entering a bare stage; a jilted ex-boyfriend's voicemail played in the background. ("You're so cute, and such a sweet dancer for everyone...but really--your'e the most selfish person I've ever met. I don't even care about this hurting your feelings!"). Insert more jabs, personal attacks, and a couple of "beep-ed" curse words. Then, the message ends; the beat drops; and Anna negates his diatribes with an air of unaffected cool (I should mention she's chewing something during the first part, which only contributes to the sassiness). Slow, methodical movements contrast the quick heartbeat of the music, until giving way way to an explosion of virtuostic jumps and turns -- suddenly, she's flying across the stage like a wild, rebellious pony. At the end, she tries calling him back and gets voicemail but wisely decides to hang up. Lights out. Bam! It was modern-dance-like-a-boss. Clearly, this young woman was a powerful mover, storyteller and manipulator of the audience experience. From video Anna, to real Anna, I have only continued to be more and more impressed with this artist, (who's currently working with Kaitlin McCarthy and Ella Mahler). As she continues to fly higher in the world of Seattle dance, we're thrilled that she's choreographed a new work for our show Passage.
Top three loves outside of dance. Go! I love belly laughs. I love eating deep-dish pizza, and more than anything I love spending time with my people.
Write one sentence about who you are as a choreographer. My interests as a choreographer lie in exploring quirky, polyrhythmic, detailed movement to unpack accessible truths.
Tell me about the dancers in your piece. Lauren Linder is an artist I’ve had the pleasure to dance with for a while now. I was eager to have her apart of this piece because she is a dedicated, thoughtful, curious, and intuitive mover. She is also a kind-hearted genuine human, and has a wonderful ability to perform with true authenticity.
Hailey Burt is an artist who I am working with for the first time. When I saw her at the audition I was attracted to her minimalistic, pedestrian, clean approach to virtuosic movement. On top of contributing creative input into the piece, Hailey is a ray of sunshine and emotes positivity, which I value so highly in a creative process.
Katie Wyeth and I had danced together once before, and I always admired her ability to master movement so thoroughly. It can be difficult to communicate your movement properly as a choreographer, but Katie has a special talent of precisely mirroring movement material and bringing it to life. In it a short process, this skill is invaluable.
Drew Santoro joined our process later in the game because of schedule conflicts with a previous dancer, but I am so happy she did. Drew was able to dive into the piece with a strong work ethic and willingness. I was captivated by some of Drew’s previous performances and I feel so grateful to have her as part of the cast.
Briefly describe your process for making this dance. This piece was seeded from personal experience. I began the work by framing this emotional experience of newness, of fluctuating confidence, and filling in the framework with structural composition and movement material. Towards the end of my process, I texturized the piece with improvisational tasks and a sound score.
What lessons did you learn from the last dance you made that you've taken with you into this current process? If something is not working, it’s okay to hit refresh.
What's your coffee order? I’m not much of a coffee girl…. I DON’T BELONG IN SEATTLE!
What artists/troupes are inspiring you right now? The last show I saw was Batsheva at the Paramount. I don’t know how it could get much better than that.
What's the biggest challenge you face as a dancer/choreographer? Funding, funding, funding, funding. FUNDING.
What are your goals for yourself? My goal is to make art and participate in art that I am proud of, that is authentic, and that anyone could relate to. Authenticity is the goal.
What else have you been working on lately? I have two performances coming up at On The Boards in June, both for Northwest New Works. One piece, but really, it’s this…, is by the very talented Ella Mahler. The other piece, based on the wild and witchy Crucible, is by the also very talented, Kaitlin McCarthy.