In recent years, Warren has become an avid photographer of dance and more. He says that photography has taught him a lot about composition as an artist. Photo credit: Josh Wisely
Priya Alahan Photography
My friend and I! Backstage, before my piece, "The Machine."
From left: Ian Howe, Warren Woo, and Gabrielle Gainor dancing in the men's trio for Lauren Edson's piece. Joseph Lambert photo.
Warren dancing with a friend.
In rehearsal with Warren's Showcase dancers: Stella Kutz, Anna Moretti, Ayako Shapiro, and Megan Ess; plus I'm rolling around with them, too! lol
By Gabrielle Gainor Relay Dance Collective is thrilled to be presenting work by Warren Woo (a.k.a. Woo-Shu) in our first-ever choreographic Showcase on Sept. 25. As a mover, Warren is a shape-shifter. He can literally dance on his hands, knees, or feet with ease; going from the floor to the air with grace. It's not surprising he's performed in both celebrated concert settings such as Men in Dance, as well as within the circus arts (The Cabiri, for example). This versatile mover is also a wonderful dance partner, teacher, friend, and healer (an expert at acro-yoga-assisted back rubs!). I worked closely with Warren in our season 4 show, both as a dancer in the men's trio (you heard that right!) in Lauren Edson's piece, and as his choreographer for my own creation, The Machine. His previous Relay performances would have been enough for us to select him as a Showcase choreographer. However, the sensuous duet he and Rebecca Diamond created for Xaviera Vandermay's Battle for the Dance Belt sealed the deal. (It was so stunning, Xav commissioned the pair to create work for her company's youth ensemble).
Who or what are you?! I am person who appreciates exploring human connection, movement, and imagery.
Top three loves outside of dance. Go! Photography, teaching movement, and stumbling into love.
Why did you select the dancers in your piece? Because I like them as people, as friends, and they happen to also be ballers when it comes to dancing.
As an artist, what are your favorite things about living in Seattle? The parks, the urban environment, the dance community, and the clouds. What lessons did you learn from the last dance you made that you've taken with you into this current process? Take more risks. Have my dancers create more of what they will doing on stage instead of imprinting my movements on to them.
What's your coffee order? 12oz Americano with cream
What local artists/troupes are inspiring you right now? Kidd Pivot (are we considering Vancouver BC as local?) or for Seattle, I'd go with the Acrobatic Conundrum.
What's the biggest challenge you face as a dancer/choreographer in Seattle? Scheduling everything and finding space to make creative work with the abundance of excellent people to collaborate with!
What are your goals for yourself? Keep on moving, creating work, and don't burn out.
What's next for you? After the RDC showcase, I'll begin my final year as an undergrad at UW on September 28th and I hope to be involved extensively with the dance program this year dancing, creating work, compiling and presenting my research project.