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.
By Gabrielle Gainor When we all got together to start our own troupe in 2012, it seemed like such a daunting task. And now, here we are putting on our third show, which includes 20+ dancers, a cameo appearance by Marie Chong's ARC Dance--a company I have admired ever since I was a kid, and an eclectic collection of some of my favorite choreographers: Eva Stone, Diana Cardiff, Markeith Wiley and Cheryl Delostrinos. For many of the people most involved in the behind-the-scenes aspects of RDC3, this showfeels like the trinity of our dancing lives: where we've been as students and performers, what we're involved in now, and a taste of what we hope to keep building.
I never thought that I would get an onstage reunion with so many of the girls who I grew up dancing with (Tess, Kelsey, Anna, Jasmine, Austin, Courtney and Amina this year). I never thought I would get to do another duet with Kai Berkedal, my grande allegro ballet buddy in college and later, a fellow member of Bellingham Repertory Dance. I never thought I'd get to work with Jessica Zoller once again. When I was a terrified college freshman, Jessica was one of the few wiser, experienced upperclassmen who was truly kind to me. I've admired her incredible dance and aerial career on Facebook ever since, until I asked her to set a work on Relay.
Another Belligham connection was the incredibly gifted Fiona Vigdor, a former professional dancer from New York City, who actually taught my college ballet classes from time-to-time! I still take class with Fiona occasionally and, as I stand in a considerably less turned out fifth position, never cease to be inspired by the strength of Fionas' technique and the clarity of her movements that flow from her body like a dance goddess.
Then, there are choreographers who I didn't know before, but had heard of because they're consistently in the spotlight in Seattle. Successfully roping in Alana O Rogers and convincing her to do a new commission for us also felt like a real accomplishment this year.
One thing I've learned through RDC: It's amazing what's possible when you simply ask. While this show, or modern dance in general, may not be your cup of tea, I want you to know that RDC3 was carefully put together with passion, love and much thought. I feel excited to share it with you, and immense gratitude for the rest of the people who are bringing this shared creative vision to life.
Explain your role in Relay Dance Collective/RDC3 Sender of emails. Picker of choreography. This year, I'm also dancing in FOUR pieces if you can believe it!
What excites you artistically? I enjoy dance that takes me on a cinematic journey. I crave theatrically; an experience that leaves me feeling affected, whether that's awe-inspired, pissed, entertained, etc. This is also the kind of work that I want to make (on the rare chance I decide to make a piece). As a dancer, I love/hate, but mostly love, being forced to improvise, to find new and creative ways to partner another dancer, and in general, being forced outside my comfort zone. It's a huge adrenaline rush, and a real sense of accomplishment when you can overpower the voice of insecurity.
What's your spirit animal?
What's your guilty pleasure? Dressing like a hipster. Trader Joe's chocolate-covered potato chips.
Proudest accomplishment as an artist? Learning to adapt my ballerinaisms to the 21st century.