Top image: the lovely Eva Stone. Other images: Relay Dance Collective in rehearsal for "End of a Year."
RDC3 7:30 p.m., April 3-5, 2015 Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 Contemporary, Seattle-based dance company Relay Dance Collective presents "RDC3," an evening of vibrant, powerful and diverse dances. is happening April 3-5 at Velocity Dance Center featuring a special guest performance by ARC Dance Company
You can always recognize Eva Stone's work by the dancers' combination of pretty lines and dynamic, sometimes quirky movement. Eva is a storyteller with a cheeky sense of humor, and a highly-refined ability to take the audience on a journey from point A to point B. Some of us in Relay Dance Collective have known Eva since our pre-teen years, when we first danced in her widely-beloved piece, Difficult Beauty. Eva choreographed for our youth company, Danceworks, in addition to teaching us choreography. She was perhaps the first person to challenge us, (a bunch of bunheads!), to make choices on stage, to compose a dance without relying on a heavy musical beat. She lovingly, but firmly, dared us venture outside of our comfort zones as youngsters, which, today, we're grateful for as adult artists. Eva is Artistic Director of her own company, Stone Dance Collective, as well as the founder and director of Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, the Eastside's only contemporary dance festival.
When we asked Eva if she would set one of her pieces (titled "End of a Year") on us this year, she said she would be honored. The honor of course, is all ours.
What excites you artistically? Work that strikes a nerve, but the striking doesn't necessarily have to hit hard. Sometimes it's subtlety and nuance that excite me the most.
What was the inspiration for your piece? Two things inspired "End of a Year": A comment by Donald Byrd and Lutheranism.
What's your spirit animal? The Puffin. Clowns of the Sky!
What's your guilty pleasure? Baklava Proudest accomplishment as an artist? Having my work shown at Lincoln Center.
Most humbling moment as an artist? Not being there to see it.
If you were a color, you'd be: Yellow….draped in black.
How can we learn more about your work in dance? Have coffee with me and let's chat. I'd like to hear about you, as well.
What should we be paying attention to in the dance world? How dancers are no longer executing dance, but inhabiting it. I've been watching dance long enough to see this change, and it's absolutely thrilling.