We are incredibly excited to feature Seattle's hottest new dance company, Intrepidus Dance, in our upcoming January fundraiser, RDC at ARC. We talk to Holly Logan, Intrepidus Founder and Artistic Director, about growing up doing ballet and musical theater, her dance inspirations, and her desire to help contemporary dance become more approachable to one and all.
Why did you start Intrepidus? Starting Intrepidus was quite the adventure for me. I had known for a while that I wanted to be an artistic director of a dance company, preferably one that I started myself. I have felt for a while that I have something to say through dance and hopefully a new way to say it. After completing my first full-length concert in June, I felt the most logical next step was to finally begin my own company.
Describe your work in three words: Linear. Eclectic. Efficient.
What choreographers or influences inspire your choreograph? I love watching work from Martha Graham, Charles Weidman, Paul Taylor, and Merce Cunningham, but I feel a lot of my current inspiration comes from Jiri Kylian, Krystal Pite, and Mark Morris.
Tell me about the contrast of growing up dancing versus your discoveries at college? I actually grew up dancing in Ohio as a ballerina as well as doing a lot of musical theater. I went to college at Kent State University in Ohio, which was a wonderful disruption to my thoughts of dance. It is where I first met modern and fell in love with it, learning all of its variations and forms. College challenged my thoughts of what a dancer is, and how a dancer performs. I loved college. I think those four years are what shaped me most to be the dancer/educator/choreographer I am today!
What are your hopes and dreams with dance? To make it more known. I hate that dance is so foreign to most and I hope to expose as many people as possible to the art of dance.
Why is it important to create work that's "approachable?" I think approachable work is important because I believe this is how we create dance viewers. I don't think it means we need to sacrifice the art; rather, I'd like to see us open a space in which people who have little experience viewing dance feel welcome to come and watch, and form opinions. It's comparable to when someone starts drinking coffee. One doesn't usually start with black coffee. But with time, they can not only get used to the taste, but can appreciate it as well.
What else should we know? As a company we are very excited to get out in the Seattle dance scene and be a part of the community!
RDC at ARC January 25, 2015 ARC Dance Productions 9250 14th Ave. NW, Seattle See performances by veteran Relay members and guest artists as we raise funds for RDC's annual performance at Velocity Dance Center in April.