Relay Dance Collective presents SHOWCASE Sept. 25, 2016 Dance Fremont! 4015 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
All tickets include performance and food. Cost: General $20.00; Admission + 1 free beverage $25; Patron (unlimited beverages, and preferred seating) $40.
By Gabrielle Gainor The most rewarding part about starting your own dance company is when people start to take interest. Whether it's a paying audience member or an auditioning dancer, people's interest and attention is a huge honor that we strive to never take for granted. Lately, Relay has been feeling especially honored by the artists who have committed to working with us such as Hailey Burt, who's both choreographing for Showcase, as well as dancing in a new work by Anna Krupp this year. Getting to work with Hailey in multiple capacities (including right now as a dancer in her Showcase piece) has inspired me. It's partly what's made me want to move more in the direction of supporting emerging dance-makers. For Relay to be able to both amplify the voices of recent college grads like Hailey, in addition to commissioning established artists such as Wade Madsen makes me extremely proud. There are so many talented, fresh, promising artists in Seattle (including Hailey, whose talents you'll hopefully be seeing very soon!), and Relay hopes to highlight this diversity in all that we do.
Who or what are you?! An artist.
Top three loves outside of dance. Go! Yoga, reading, and makeup.
Why did you select the dancers in your piece? I chose these dancers for a few reasons. First, they are all totally badass ladies and I wanted a chance to showcase their amazingness. Second, they're all really wonderful people and friends and I wanted an excuse to spend more time with them! Finally, because they are very unique and gorgeous movers, and I love getting to see them dance together.
As an artist, what are your favorite things about living in Seattle? I love living in Seattle as an artist because of the large and diverse arts communities that exist here. There is always something happening and that is such a treat to explore.
Briefly describe your process for making this dance. I created some base material, and had my dancers manipulate it in various ways. That's what made up the bulk of the piece, as well as phrases they created themselves based on cues and directions I gave them. It was a very collaborative process.
What's your coffee order? I'm not a huge coffee drinker, I usually only go for those overly complicated sugary concoctions... Give me a chai latte or some green tea and I'm a happy camper.
What local artists/troupes are inspiring you right now? I'm totally going to go in the opposite direction with this, because this is definitely not a local company. I recently attended a Seattle International Dance Festival performance and was so in awe of a company called AURA Dance Theatre from Lithuania. They were powerful, technical, strong, and diverse, and I had never heard of them before. I'm now obsessed, and their performance definitely influenced my process and focus in making this piece.
What's next for you? I'll be performing with Relay for Season 5 in April, and I'm hoping to choreograph even more soon!