Relay Dance Collective Season 6 Kickoff Featuring choreography by Paula J Peters, Jackie-Lou Breakey, Ella Mahler, Gabrielle Gainor/Austin Sexton, Amber Jackson, and Hailey Burt.
Yaw Theater 6520 5th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108 Cost: Online $15; Door $20
By Gabrielle Gainor Somehow, the longer I know dancer/choreographer Hailey Burt, the fewer words I need to describe her. Here are a few: - Smart - Organized - Young and powerful - Fierce - Layered in a good way (fun and bubbly to be around, yet deep and thoughtful if you strike up a conversation). - Dynamic - ART - Mixed / Multicultural Asian sister - Fellow donut lover - Skillful crafter - Curator of pretty things - Going places - An artist I believe in.
Now going on her third year with Relay, Hailey has also worked with Jennifer Salk, Rachael Lincoln, Wilson Mendieta, Bruce McCormick and Anna Krupp as a dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal assistant. She will present her piece Warp, originally created for inlay dance, at our Season 6 Kickoff on Sunday. Hi Hailey! Last time Relay audiences saw you, you were in an all-white outfit looking all cool in Anna Krupp's piece. What was that like, and what have you been up to since then? That was SO FUN. Dancing for Anna was the first time I have ever felt truly comfortable performing a piece. I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with her and can't wait to do so again. Since then, I have choreographed a piece for Full Tilt 2017, worked with Bruce McCormick for the Seattle International Dance Festival, and I'm dancing in two pieces for the Relay Kickoff by Amber Jackson and Paula J. Peters. Also, my friend Siena Dumas and I started our own dance company, inlay dance!
Tell me about Inlay Dance - have you always wanted to start your own dance company? When I was in college, I sustained a pretty major injury my sophomore year. After that happened, I had to come to terms with the fact that I probably wouldn't be performing as much as I previously was, so I threw myself into choreography. Discovering my voice as a choreographer gave me a whole new avenue of dance to explore, and inlay dance is a way for myself and Siena Dumas to share that opportunity.
Aside from the fact that you are awesome, why should we support Inlay Dance? Seattle has so many wonderful dance opportunities, and there are more and more each day. It's important to help foster this growing community, and inlay is just another branch on a larger tree that is the Seattle dance community.
Favorite post-rehearsal treat? Lately I have been super into acai bowls! It's an addiction.
You first created Warp for inlay's inaugural show. Now, you will present it again at Relay's Season 6 Kickoff. In terms of the dancers we will see doing your choreography, why did you pick these artists? My dancers are a group of badass, confident women. They each have such a command of movement, even if something is unintentional, they all go for it with absolutely every performance.
What motivated you to create Warp? I started with the idea of patterns. I'm fascinated by the work of visual artist Bridget Riley, who specializes in Op Art, and I wanted to use the concepts of that style as a starting point. What started as patterns turned into challenging myself by using different choreographic devices, and then there was also some MAJOR girl power happening in rehearsal so how could I not incorporate that!
What lessons did you learn from the last dance you made that you've taken with you into this current process? I've been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone, but most importantly, I'm reminded that it's OK to do the things that I like. For example, It's OK to use a choreographic device that I always use. Even if I've done it before, or if it's not super "original" doesn't mean it's wrong.
What should we expect from you as a choreographer in the future? Probably some more girl-power pieces, because that has been such a delight to run with. These dancers have been great, so hopefully you'll see some more work from me featuring them as well! Right now I'm just loving creating more and more new dances and learning from each experience.
In addition to Amber's new work, we're also going to see you dancing in a piece by Paula Peters this weekend. Any thoughts on this? Working with Paula was so much fun. This piece is probably the most athletic dancing I've done in a while, and it has such a steady hum of energy throughout. The process for creating this new work was also quite special, since I get to dance with some fellow Relay dancers that I haven't ever worked with before. It's really fun to do, and hopefully also to watch!