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 Relay is thrilled to be presenting the work of Las Vegas-based choreographer Jackie-Lou Breakey for our Season 6 Kickoff! Jackie-Lou created this piece, "Breathing Required" for Bellingham Repertory Dance's 2014 performance, "Phrasings: In Word + Dance." The troupe then reset the work last year for its 10th anniversary performances at Mount Baker Theatre and Velocity Dance Center in Seattle. (Jackie-Lou, Ella Mahler, and I are all former company members of BRD. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jackie-Lou/become a fan of her choreography while the three of us were in rehearsals for these 10th anniversary performances. Along with other alumni, the three of us were invited to perform in these mile-marker shows).
Who or what are you?! I'm a Mover/Maker/Mama!
Top three loves outside of dance. Go!
Write one sentence about who you are as a choreographer. For me, choreography is about connecting through the universally shared experience of individuality.
What was it like resetting "Breathing Required" on RDC dancers Stella Kutz, Katherine Freeman and Fiona Vigdor? Terrific! These three are super intelligent, rockstar dancers. Each of them picked up on the detail of my movement...even when I had to demonstrate with a newborn strapped to my chest! :)
You have been involved in dance in the Pacific Northwest, but have been away. What's next for you with dance? While I have enjoyed teaching dance in Las Vegas, I long to find a tight-knit community to make and move with. I hope to transplant the lessons I gained from my time with the Seattle/Bellingham community in my future Dance adventures.
Briefly describe your process for making this dance. I made this dance while thinking a lot about the cyclical nature of the "to-do" lists we make--how their never-ending, monotonous nature makes us lose out on the peripheral nature of our surroundings. The actual process for me involves throwing as much movement as I possibly can out there and shaping it together like a huge jigsaw puzzle mixed with a whole lot of patience from my dancers!
What lessons did you learn from the last dance you made that you've taken with you into this current process? I think my arc of growing as a choreographer continues to be: How can I take an intellectual topic I'm interested in and form a movement sequence? Specifically, how can I make it as interesting for the audience to see as it is for me to set on dancers?
What's your coffee order? Brewed coffee with chocolate powder and a little bit of cream.
What artists/troupes are inspiring you right now? Strictly speaking about dance influences, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company always inspires me. But I would have to say my main inspirations are the people who surround me and fill my life. Their passions inspire me to keep fighting to dive deeper into my own. I'm inspired by my mother-in-law's passion for her garden, my husband's never ceasing ability to acquire more knowledge in his aviation field, my mom's newfound love for writing, and my brother-in-law's courage that leads him to the tops of mountains. Their unique logic, and the movements they utilize to chase after these loves. inspires ideas for movement and sequencing constantly.
What's the biggest challenge you face as a dancer/choreographer? My biggest challenge is balancing my passion for making work with having a family. I'm a new mom of two and I haven't quit found the right balance just yet but I'm working on it.
What are your goals for yourself? Be happy. Be healthy.
What else have you been working on lately? I recently grew a human being so I'm fairly proud of that little side project! :)
What's next for you? At the moment, I'm focused on dancing with my two beautiful sons!