Relay Dance Collective presents PASSAGE March 31 | April 1-2, 2017 Yaw Theater 6520 5th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108 Cost: General $20.00; Patron (preferred seating) $30
By Gabrielle Gainor I am thrilled that Hannah Rae, my good friend, "Pilates Mom," and fellow Buttcrackercast member is dancing for Relay this year. Our group is about creating community; building new works, partnerships, and collaborations. And, as someone who's worked closely with Hannah in several ways except for within my own collective, I now feel like a missing link is, well, no longer missing!
Originally a traditional Irish dancer for more than a decade, Hannah is an intriguing performer to watch, embracing both the theatrical, as well as more abstract works. With presence, graceful strength, and a command of her facility (perhaps in part thanks to Pilates powers), it's no surprise that Hannah has been cast in an array of exciting projects this past year. In Passage, you'll see her perform in a new work by my long-time mentor and teacher Brenna Monroe-Cook. She's also currently rehearsing with Kaitlin McCarthy, for her NW New Works piece. In December, Hannah reprised her role as Claroil in the critically-acclaimed Buttcracker, produced by Diana Cardiff, Sara Jinks, Matt Mulkerin, and Jana L Hill.
(P.s. If you are a dancer, well, even if you're not, you should sign up to take her mat class at Atlas Pilates -- it has been such a game-changer for me!). Some dancer folk I know and love, Amy J Lambert, as well as Diana Cardiff, enjoy her class, too.
Hi Hannah! What's inspiring you right now? Shared human experience. What do you want to see more of (open-ended question)? Artists being unafraid of failure (including myself), and pushing for (their vision of) perfection.
Favorite dance class in Seattle? Anything taught by Amy J! Her warmup feels really lovely, and her phrases are technical, articulate, and fun!
What was your favorite part of dancing for Relay this year? Getting to work with old friends and meeting new ones. I'm continually inspired by all the artists around me. I think we all make art for deeply rooted and personal reasons, and it's beautiful to see everyone on their own journey (especially when our paths converge in a place like Relay).