This spring, Relay Dance Collective will present an evening of dance called Passage in Yaw Theater -- a new beacon for contemporary dance in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. The historically industrial area is now gaining influence as an arts hub, especially due to the enclave of arts spaces called Equinox Studios. This vibrant community of artists is home to welders, glass-blowers, atelier instructors (Gage Academy of Art), and now, dancers.
Two pioneering artists, Stella Kutz (Yaw Theater) and Dayna Hansen (Base), have created new, multi-use spaces next door to one another for dance rehearsal and performance in the old McKinnon WoodWorking Factory, across the street from the original Equinox Studios on Fifth Avenue South.
Rehearsing and performing in a working-class community where people may not be as familiar with dance couldn’t be more exciting for Relay, a Seattle-based-troupe focused on “creating a broad appetite for dance” and performances “that co-workers and families feel welcome attending.” (SeattleDances).
“It is an honor for us to be among the first wave of dancers in this new location for dance in Seattle,” said Gabrielle Nomura Gainor, Relay Co-Artistic Director. “Stella Kutz has created an immaculately beautiful space where all can feel welcome as artists and audience members. Both our company, as well as Stella’s space, stand for community, for calling people into the arts, and for welcoming everyone.”
Indeed, while Relay has made Yaw it’s artistic home base for rehearsals and performance, the collective is not alone. Anyone can rent Yaw Theater for affordable rehearsal, performance or event space.
In addition to creating Yaw, Kutz has danced with Relay since 2014 (in addition to working with other groups such as Jerboa Dance). Relay’s Passage will be her first time performing in her own space in a more formal performance.
“Yaw exists so that many different types of people can come together to create something new,” Kutz said. “I’m thrilled that such diverse, exciting Seattle choreographers and performers have been infusing their magic into the space in preparation for Relay’s show; and I look forward to welcoming performers of all kinds here in the future.”
Emerging and established choreographers featured in Passage include:
Relay will also perform a piece first set on Spectrum Dance Theater called Of Passion You Have Plenty” by Mark J. Kane, as well as a solo called Shrinking Women that includes a monologue by poet Lily Myers. Shrinking Women is choreographed by Holly Logan, with whom Relay is thrilled to be working as part of a 2017 choreographer exchange. Resident Choreographer/Co-Artistic Director Austin Sexton will later set a work on Logan’s company, Intrepidus Dance, for their June performance at Yaw Theater.
Passage includes a cast of more than 20 Relay collective members such as Hailey Burt (2016 choreographer for Full Tilt), Hannah Rae (The Buttcracker); as well as guest artists Lauren Linder (Petra Zanki’s 365 – A Solo); Randy Ford (Au Collective: House of Dinah); and Hendri Walujo (Jessica Jobaris & General Magic).
RDC Collective Members: Jerene Aldinger, Hailey Burt, Alex Cann, Gabrielle Nomura Gainor, Amber Jackson, Stella Kutz, Christopher Engelbrecht, Katherine Freeman, Tara McFarland, Hannah Rae, Ayako Shapiro, Elizabeth Sugawara, Austin Sexton, Diadra Smith, Fiona Vigdor, Tess Wendel.
Relay Dance Collective presents Passage
Yaw Theater (Equinox Studios)
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. April 1 -2
Tickets go on sale at relaydance.org on Feb. 1. $15 pre-sale; $20 (check or cash) at the door.
Relay Dance Collective is excited to present Showcase -- an evening of new choreography, and a celebration of our fifth season.
Showcase highlights the diverse voices and creativity within our group by providing an outlet for select RDC dancers to create new works. Unlike Relay's more formal concerts at Velocity Dance Center, this September performance is about taking risks, collaboration, and experimentation.
"Showcase is a vital partner to our 'mainstage' show," said Gabrielle Gainor, RDC co-founder and Showcase participant. "Relay fulfills a niche in Seattle's dance community where artists not only get to perform, but receive opportunities to become more audacious dancers and creators."
Showcase choreographers include:
Presented in Dance Fremont's intimate studio theater, each of the two Showcase performances include a reception with either champagne or wine, and hors d'oeuvres.
Dance Fremont! studio theater
4015 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Now announcing Relay Dance Collective's Season 5 audition:
Masterclass with Ella Mahler
2-4 p.m., Sunday, August 28
RDC is seeking male and female collective members members for its 5th season. Collective members should excel at both classical and contemporary styles; be available to rehearse on Sundays and week nights; and be open to both repertory work as well as a collaborative creative process. We're thrilled to have such an outstanding group of choreographers this year! They include current and/or former artists with Pat Graney, Spectrum Dance Theater, Au Collective, AJnC Dance, and Intrepidus Dance.
Master-class style audition will include technique and improvisation taught by Ella Mahler.
5TH SEASON CHOREOGRAPHERS:
THE FINE PRINT:
In order to create smoother scheduling this year, a dancer's skill/movement style (as well as past work with RDC if any) will carry the same weight as their availability in casting. We cannot consider dancers who are unable to attend ALL major tech/dress rehearsals in April.
We are not seeking freelance artists looking for project-based work. This is an audition for collective members who are excited to be part of a cohesive ensemble (no auditioning for specific pieces or choreographers). Please consider this before deciding to audition.
September, 2016 - April, 2017
Mature, self-possessed, and with a great attitude. Able to contribute, as well as able to listen and take direction. Interested in more than just performing; being an active part of the organization and artistic community. Passionate about helping to build RDC as a performing artist (and choreographer, warmup leader, instructor, community ambassador if those opportunities are wanted/available). Applicants must be able to rehearse in both North and South Seattle (Burien) and have reliable transportation.
INTERESTED DANCERS MUST:
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