Relay Dance Collective presents PASSAGE Featuring choreography by Brenna Monroe-Cook, Imana Gunawan, Sara Jinks, Mark J. Kane, Anna Krupp, Amy Johnson, Holly Logan, and Austin Sexton. Yaw Theater 6520 5th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108 Cost: General $20.00; Patron (preferred seating) $30
Relay Dance Collective is thrilled to be collaborating this year with Holly Logan, Artistic Director of Intrepidus Dance. Specifically, we're doing a choreographer swap--Holly set her solo "Shrinking Women" on our company, and in turn, Intrepidus will be featuring a Relay work in their upcoming show, KindlingJune 2-3 at Yaw Theater. Austin Sexton is setting her piece "Stay" on Samantha Weissbach and Heather Smith of Intrepidus (Original RDC cast: Austin and Gabrielle Nomura Gainor).
We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to collaborate with Holly, Samantha (who is also Executive Director of Intrepidus), and dancers. These artists embody our love of virtuosity, storytelling, and pointed toes, yet are open-minded to experimentation and all the possibilities of dance. Their highly-technical and theatrical works, plus collaborations in the community with Ashleigh Claire Miller, Coriolis Dance, (and now, lucky for us, Relay!) show just how much they have much to offer the Seattle dance scene, and to audiences new and seasoned alike.
"Shrinking Women" choreographed by Holly Logan will be performed by Diadra Smith (March 31 at 7:30 p.m. & April 2 at 7:30 p.m.) and by Tess Wendel (April 1 at 2 & 7:30 p.m. |April 2 at 2 p.m.)
Who or what are you?! This question has been hard, since I am currently working in a piece where we are working to remove labels. But here are the basics: My name is Holly, I just hit the milestone of 30. I spend my days teaching people to dance, choreographing, and keeping up on the art of dance and dance education. I am the Artistic Director and founder of Intrepidus Dance, based out of Seattle. I am passionate about making dance accessible to peoples of every age and economic status.
Top three loves outside of dance. Go! Down time! I love time to relax and hanging out with my fiancé and furbabies. I’m not sure I would have listed this four years ago, but as every year passes I find more and more that downtime seems to be a luxury.
Karoake! I love, love, love to spend a full night filled with karaoke. I love it so much that every year I throw a costume karaoke party for my birthday! (I also love costume parties.)
Reading! There’s nothing better than spending hours getting lost in another world, and once again I find that this is becoming more and more of a luxury.
Write one sentence about who you are as a choreographer. Influenced by classical styles, a mixtures of genres, and tends to be character-driven.
Tell me about the dancers in your piece. The piece I set on Relay is a solo piece, “Shrinking Women.” We double-cast the piece so I have been working with Tess Wendel and Diadra Smith of Relay. They have been so unbelievably wonderful to work with; both sets of rehearsals are filled with laughter and great conversation getting to the heart of the piece. These ladies have chosen to take on the challenge of spoken word while dancing, and have been so great at stepping out of their comfort zones to take this journey with me. I am consistently impressed by their hard work and dedication to the story. I can’t wait to see the share each of their versions on stage.
As an artist, what are your favorite things about either living in or being from Seattle? I am originally from Ohio and made my voyage to Seattle six-and-a-half years ago. I decided to move here after one day in this city. There is something magical about the Pacific Northwest and Seattle in particular. I love everything from long summer days to the long winter nights, the people, the arts, the delicious foods, I could go on. I truly love this city.
Briefly describe your process for making this dance. This piece was a special one for me, I originally set it on Heather Smith of Intrepidus Dance, and it was the first piece that I truly integrated my theater and dance background. Briefly described the creative process of this piece is working with each soloist to figure out how they want to approach their character and the story. I then went through and reworked the choreography to fit them specifically to each soloist. This piece involves a lot of talking about the piece, the motivation, the subtext, and then working that into the script and movement. It’s different with each person and is always a great exploration.
What lessons did you learn from the last dance you made that you've taken with you into this current process? My general rule in my creative process is not to make plans. I always try to enter the space with an open mind and with the intention of creating the movement around the dancers. One of the biggest things I have learned over the last year is there is never enough time. I took a year to work on a piece and it still felt rushed at the end of the process! No matter what we do it will never feel like enough time, so I just focus on that day and that rehearsal and I seem to make more progress that way.
What's your coffee order? Depends on the day, either a 16oz triple Americano with Hazelnut (sometimes white mocha), or a 16oz triple iced vanilla latte (sometimes with soy)
What artists/troupes are inspiring you right now? Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor, Jerome Robbins, and the dancers I’m fortunate to work with day in and day out.
What's the biggest challenge you face as a dancer/choreographer? Staying true to who I am, staying in the moment, and making sure the piece comes first. It’s easy to follow fads and trends, but it’s harder to consistently stay in the piece while simultaneously staying partial to your creation.
What are your goals for yourself? Honestly I can’t see much past the end of the summer, and with that my goals are to work hard with producing Kindling, have a great recital with my students, and throw an awesome party called a wedding.
What else have you been working on lately? Right now I am in the midst of choreographing and helping to produce and curate Intrepidus Dance’s 3rd season concert, Kindling! We are taking a shorter season this year so we are spending most of our time in the studio creating this thing called a dance concert!
What's next for you? As mentioned above, I’m pretty excited to present Kindling in June 2-3 at YAW Theater. After that have a fun recital with the studio where I teach, and then on to an awesome party that we are calling a wedding!
What else should we know? I thoroughly enjoy talking about dance! I love partnering with people to make dance a more accessible art form, whether that is through providing dance classes, lectures on how to watch dance, or talking about dance history. Dance was something that was provided for me at no cost and I have always wanted to give those same opportunities to other people as well.