Watch RDC cofounder, Amanda Oie (second from right), perform with leading experimental dance company, Maureen Whiting April 26 -28 at Velocity Dance Center. Whiting's piece is part of The SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance.
By Gabrielle Nomura ///
As you know, Relay Dance Collective is particularly unique because of the dancers' varied and eclectic experiences.
From performing burlesque, to singing in a funk and blues group, to doing technical theater and lighting, to teaching dance classes to people with disabilities -- RDC dancers bring a wealth of unique performing arts experience to this project-based collective.
RDC dancer, Amanda Oie, has much to show for her young but impressive dance resume. If you attended our recent fundraiser at Lisa Harris Gallery, you may have seem Amanda's work. She choreographed two pieces, and performed in one of them. She was the lovely lady with a teddy bear, dancing to reggae music! Jasmine Morgan performed in Amanda's other work.
This weekend, April 26-28, you can watch Amanda perform in a piece called "About That Tree" by Maureen Whiting in The SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance at Velocity Dance Center.
"About That Tree" (world premiere) centers around a cast of 14 and a fallen 20-foot Sequoia obstructing the stage space. Amanda is not only performing in Maureen's work, she was also recently appointed as the Assistant Managing Director of Maureen's internationally-acclaimed company.
Amanda is a unique mix of classical training, modern-dance innovation and a whole lot of personality on stage. Wither it's her movement choices as a dance-maker, or her expressiveness as a performer, Amanda knows how to tell stories with dance.
With the praise and attention she's received so far for her choreography (which has been presented at 12 Minutes Max), she's definitely a rising star to watch in the Seattle dance community. (We are thrilled that three of her pieces will be featured in our RDC premiere show this summer!) Merde, Amanda!
April 19-21, 2013 was a productive and busy weekend for the women of Relay. And that's putting it pretty mildy. We're humbled, and admittedly, shocked in the best way possible, to report that we raised more than $6,000 this weekend. We may be exhausted, but our hearts are so very full. Here's why:
On Friday, we held a successful event at Lisa Harris Gallery in Pike Place Market, bringing home more than $3,000. We had such a blast with all of our friends and family at this classy soiree in Pike Place Market!
On Saturday, with 42 backers, and $2,676, we beat the pants off of our $1,500 Kickstarter goal with our successfully-funded (and then some!) project. We were so blown away by the support we received.
And on Sunday, we did the very thing that we love to do, the very reason for the Kickstarter and the fundraiser: WE DANCED! Relay Dance Collective performed at Battle for the Dance Belt (Congratulations to Dance Belt winners, Expose: Eastside! ). Thank you to our family and friends, new and old alike, who have shown their support in a multitude of ways this weekend. From volunteering to work the door, serve food or bartend; to cooking; or donating items for our raffle and silent auction; giving money to our Kickstarter, or coming out to watch us perform, or simply following our goings-on via Facebook, it's been awe-inspiring. As RDC dancer Tess Wendel put it, your generosity has made it so we might be able to wear something at our show, like a costume! (The alternative would probably have been too scandalous, anyway). You have clothed us with costumes, but also with love, support and encouragement. We aim to take your generosity and harness it in the form of our three scholarships for Dance Fremont! students -- a central tenet to our mission statement of giving back. Additionally, because of your financial generosity, we will be able to fairly compensate talented artists involved in our show, including out live band, The Bad Tenants, and our choreographers.
There are so many people to thank: Huge shout-out to the Mortons, Morgans, Hillock-Sextons, Nomura-Henley-Elsbree-Gainor clan and the Oie's. We'd especially like to acknowledge Tess, and Lisa Harris! We could not have pulled off our fundraiser without these intelligent, giving and truly amazing women. Lisa was generous enough to donate wine to our event, as well as lend us her beautiful gallery (not to mention, rearrange everything on our behalf!). Our guests were truly blown away by Tess' eloquence, warmth and charm as our MC for the evening. Tess' journey from a major brain surgery last fall, to regaining her strength, coordination and confidence as a dancer is truly inspiring and will never cease to give us much-needed perspective on what's most important in life.