By Gabrielle Gainor Before RDC3, I had never worked with Alana O Rogers. However, when she agreed to create a new work for Relay, I was ecstatic. Alana most recently shared a double bill at Velocity Dance Center with Seattle dance legend Michele Miller; she was also selected to perform in the 2015 Chop Shop Bodies of Work alongside groups from New York City, Israel, Portland, San Fransisco and Vancouver, B.C. When my fellow dancers Anna, Kelsey, Sierra and I first showed up to rehearse, I was a little intimidated to work with such a big-deal artist. Luckily, Alana (whose full name is Alana O'Farrell Rogers) quickly reassured us: "You guys are so serious...I'm not serious." Obviously, we quickly found that working with Alana was a treat, and I'm not just talking about her lush, swirling, full-bodied movement that feels so good to perform. She is simply the consummate artist; no stone is left un-turned in her quest to create a dance that will captivate the audience (it doesn'tsurprise me that she also holds a degree in creative writing). From the extra, draped sleeves she sewed on to our tops to suggest debutante; to the way she has us moving props in-character; to the lighting cues she designed to help create the right dusty, western mood, Alana's vision is all-encompassing. She brings movement, theater and storytelling to her work. I'm excited for you to see her new piece "Lace & Rye" which premieres in RDC3. The show opens tomorrow and runs until Sunday; all performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Velocity Dance Center.
What excites you artistically? So much! Can I skip this one? Physicality. Human emotion. Story. Abstraction. Gravity. Beauty. Oddity.
What was the inspiration for "Lace & Rye"? The music. I came across the first piece of music while searching for tracks for another piece and immediately saw choreography. That led me to find the other tracks and decide to go with a Western-inspired theme.
What's your spirit animal? Koala bear. A little lazy. Always hungry.
What's your guilty pleasure? Salted caramel ice cream?
Proudest accomplishment as an artist? That's a hard question. Probably being able to collect and maintain my company dancers — they are amazing, loyal (who knows why?), and inspire me every day.
Most humbling moment as an artist. Oi. So many. So so so many. This is a daily phenomenon.
If you were a color, you'd be: today I feel gold.
How can we learn more about your work in dance? Talk to people that have worked with me or seen my work or visit my website alanaorogers.org.
What should we be paying attention to in the dance world? Everything and anything that makes your boat float. There is SO much diversity out there; see anything that excites you. And bring your friends! We need more audience members educated about dance in order to preserve its longevity and value in our society. And have a conversation about it, with anyone.
RDC3 7:30 p.m., April 3-5, 2015 Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 Contemporary, Seattle-based dance company Relay Dance Collective presents "RDC3," an evening of vibrant, powerful and diverse dances. is happening April 3-5 at Velocity Dance Center featuring a special guest performance by ARC Dance Company.