Relay Dance Collective presents PRIME, an evening of top-notch contemporary dance sure to move dance lovers and newbies alike. With 24 new and returning performers, the Seattle-based troupe is returning to perform at Velocity Dance Center in 2016 following its sold-out performances which "demonstrated the joys of modern, contemporary, and hip hop dance without missing a beat" (Seattle Dances) last year. Established choreographers Lauren Edson (Trey McIntyre Project, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) and Seattle's legendary Wade Madsen join five other varied choreographic voices to RDC's fourth season.
Featured works include the visceral contemporary ballet "Below the Surface" by Lauren Edson, who now runs her own multi-media performance project, LED, out of Boise, ID. Audiences will also be treated to the sassy defiance of one Seattle's most active choreographers, Wade Madsen, who has created a group piece for women with a vintage flair.
Each year, Relay Dance Collective builds community through dance, fosters diverse expression, and brings high-caliber performances to the stage in its annual performance. True to the group's mission, PRIME will push boundaries with provocative new and repertory works, in addition to offering a thrilling night of dance-theater.
Additional choreographers include Ella Mahler, who Seattle audiences have seen in works by Catherine Cabeen; Fiona Vigdor, a Boston Conservatory graduate who went on to work with Merce Cunningham dancer Alan Good; and Jerene Aldinger, a past choreographer for Full Tilt. Relay Co-Directors whose works have appeared in past seasons, and again are contributing new works are Austin Sexton, formerly of 3rd Shift Dance, and Gabrielle Nomura Gainor, whose "Farewell Shikata Ga Nai" was presented at the Wing Luke Museum and made possible by a generous grant from the Office of Art & Culture | Seattle.