ENCORE (2018). Relay returned for a final fantastic show: Encore, a collection of our most beloved pieces. The evening featured Farewell Shikata ga nai, a work of dance and Asian American theater by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor that was created with a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Live musical performances by The Bad Tenants and Seattle Kokon Taiko enlivened Yaw Theater in West Georgetown, as the collective presented additional dances by Diana Cardiff, Alana O Rogers, and Alethea Sadie Alexander, MFA Candidate in Dance at UW. Resident Relay choreographer Austin Sexton created a new work that combined movement from every Relay dance she's ever created. Audiences helped to celebrate RDC's six years of building new audiences for dance and creating community among artists.
PASSAGE (2017). For its fifth season, Relay presented its first performance at Yaw Theater, a new beacon for contemporary dance in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. Choreographers featured in "Passage" included Brenna Monroe-Cook, Imana Gunawan, Sara Jinks, Mark J. Kane, Anna Krupp, Amy Johnson, Holly Logan, and Austin Sexton. One of the works featured in the evening was a revival of Amy Johnson's "Incase Anyone Comes Searching," which premiered as part of the choreographer's BFA thesis at Cornish College of the Arts in 2011. Relay will also perform a piece first set on Spectrum Dance Theater called "Of Passion You Have Plenty" by Mark J. Kane, as well as a solo called "Shrinking Women" by Holly Logan, with whom Relay is thrilled to be working with as part of a 2017 choreographer exchange.
PRIME (2016) this evening of top-notch contemporary dance included 24 new and returning performers. Established choreographers Lauren Edson (Trey McIntyre Project; creator of Boise-based troupe LED) and Seattle's legendary Wade Madsen joined five varied choreographic voices for PRIME. Featured works included Edson's visceral contemporary ballet "Below the Surface,” (2014) which premiered at East Carolina University, North Carolina. as well as Madsen's sassy, defiant ode to '60s cinema. True to Relay’s mission of serving the broadest possible audience, this fourth-season performance pushed boundaries with provocative works, in addition to offering thrilling dance-theater. Other choreographers included Ella Mahler (Catherine Cabeen collaborator); RDC veteran dancer/choreographer Fiona Vigdor and Jerene Aldinger in her RDC choreography debut. Co-Directors at Relay whose works have appeared in past seasons, and again contributed new works included Austin Sexton, formerly of 3rd Shift Dance, and Gabrielle Nomura Gainor, whose "Farewell Shikata Ga Nai" (2014) was presented at the Wing Luke Museum and made possible by a generous grant from the Office of Art & Culture | Seattle. Gainor’s work in PRIME included original projections by Angela Kiser of Bellingham’s On the Precipice Productions, and a mixed-media score produced by DJ Idlhnds (Gabriel Ghirardini).
RDC3 (2015) at Velocity Dance Center served up a rich, colorful and theatrical mix of movement for Relay Dance Collective’s third season. Choreographers included veteran and emerging Pacific Northwest artists, including Alana O Rogers, Markeith Wiley, Cheryl Delostrinos, Austin Sexton, Fiona Vigdor and Jessica Zoller. Viewers also saw audience-favorites from the past such as "Foreplay Longtime" from Diana Cardiff's Buttrock Suites and "End of a Year" by Eva Stone. The blog Seattle Dances wrote of the performance: "[RDC3] incorporated a broad range of individuals and movement genres in a recital-style showcase that demonstrated the joys of modern, contemporary, and hip hop dance without missing a beat...The large cast of performers and the diverse array of works brought a revitalizing energy to the space. This energy, combined with the program’s broad scope of tastes and styles, makes Relay Dance Collective a troupe well worth supporting."
BEGINNINGS (2014) at Theatre Puget Sound included a sophisticated evening of new and repertory works featuring a cast of 30 performers. RDC revisited Momento (1985), a sassy, balletic romp through the music of George Gershwin by SuzAnne Duckworth, co-founder of Spectrum Dance Theater. Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino (formerly of Next Stage Dance Theatre) brought her meditative group dance, Surviving the Undertow (2001) to the stage. Audiences saw a new work by Cheryl Delostrinos, leading UW dance graduate and Chamber Dance Company performer; as well as by Gabrielle Nomura, whose work, Farewell Shikata ga nai, combined actors, dancers and live taiko drumming to tell the story of the World War II Japanese American experience. Farewell Shikata ga nai was made possible by The Japanese American Citizens League and Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. Additionally, Tess Wendel showcased an exciting exploration of partnering in a new duet, and Austin Sexton presented a sweeping tribute to the most important relationships in our lives titled The First.
MUSIC + MOTION (2013) at Dance Fremont featured Relay Dance Collective and hip-hop/blues trio, The Bad Tenants. From classical ballet to American musical theater and hip-hop culture, diverse art forms collided in Dance Fremont's intimate, informal studio setting, with the goal of making audiences feel and think, as well as groove in their seats. Choreographers included three artists who represent Spectrum Dance Theater's jazz-dance roots: Spectrum co-founder Jenny Hillock, Paula Peters and Xaviera Vandermay. Guest performers from 3rd Shift Dance and Bellingham Repertory Dance, brought some of the Interstate-5 corridor's most promising acts together in one place.
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