Relay Dance Collective presents SHOWCASE Sept. 25, 2016 Dance Fremont! 4015 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
All tickets include performance and food. Cost: General $20.00; Admission + 1 free beverage $25; Patron (unlimited beverages, and preferred seating) $40.
By Gabrielle Gainor For me, my 20s have been a time where many of the teen or adult figures from my youth have become more like peers. With Lilia Deering, a young woman I've known for a long time because our families are close friends, that same phenomenon is happening. However, now I am in the role of "elder" (?!). From seeing Lilia as a teen bunhead in Spectrum Dance Theater's Academy when I had already finished college, to seeing her now as a BFA candidate at CalArts, I feel lucky to count her as a dancing peer. It's been incredible to watch this young woman, albeit sometimes only through the lens of Facebook, grow up to become an intriguing creative artist (and of course, she's just getting started!). Lilia first worked with Relay during our third season -- I think she was only 19. Though she didn't unfortunately get to perform for RDC3 because of her college audition schedule, she impressed us with her artistic maturity and professionalism. Relay is moving in a direction where we want to actively be nurturing artists, and forming fruitful creative relationships. Thus, it's an honor for us to present this emerging choreographer's work in our first-ever Showcase. Who or what are you?! I am a creative entrepreneur. When I’m not choreographing, I occupy myself with all sorts of creative activities. Crafting, drawing, decorating, anything, really.
Top three loves outside of dance. Go! Most recently I’ve been having a lot of fun making short films, and water coloring. I also love scoping out thrift stores for fun retro clothes.
If you were to make an artist statement about yourself as a choreographer, what would it be? Every piece I choreograph, including this one, is helping me to figure that out. Right now I’m focusing on exploring and being a sponge to all the information thrown at me from other artists and their work. I am only beginning to sift through that information to see what sticks.
Why did you select the dancers in your piece? I’ve worked extensively with both Lena Silverman and Annabel Webster at Spectrum Dancer Theater. I know that we work well together and they are both beautiful and intelligent artists. I’d seen Alex Cann perform in the past and remembered her energy and exciting performance quality, and knew she would have a lot to contribute. Jerene Aldinger, I'd met briefly a while back as a dancer in another piece but we didn’t end up really working together much so it was nice to get that chance! It’s been an honor to create with each of these amazing women.
As an artist, what are your favorite things about being from Seattle? Diversity, culture and history.
I am always learning more about my city. Its history is really fascinating to me and I feel so fortunate to live somewhere with such diversity. Seattle is jam-packed with so many different cultures to which I’ve been introduced to through friends, food and more. Seattle’s artist community bridges all those cultures, and a huge variety of disciplines and mediums which makes it a lovely and inspiring place to make work!
Briefly describe your process for making this dance. A lot of meditation and living room choreographing made this piece happen in the 4 rehearsals we had! It was fun, and I owe a lot to my dancers for their hard work and brilliance.
What lessons did you learn from the last dance you made that you've taken with you into this current process? Flexibility and adaptability. Sometimes it’s worth it to scrap something you already have if it’s not quite right instead of trying to force it. It’s difficult, especially when time is a constraint, but often necessary and ultimately refreshing.
What's your coffee order? Latte!
What's the biggest challenge you face as a dancer/choreographer in Seattle? I find getting out of my comfort zone to be a real challenge. I am constantly trying to shut down my self-doubt and take those risks that will help me to grow!
What are your goals for yourself? I am interested in becoming a more collaborative artist, so one of my main goals is to meet and work with new people who have widely different backgrounds and skill sets from my own.
What's next for you? I still have a couple more years left in my BFA, so I want to use that time to investigate choreography and really settle in to and discover what interests me and motivates me to create.