RAWDANCE PRESENTS THE CONCEPT SERIES: 15
An informal and intimate salon of contemporary dance. Complete with popcorn.
On April 18th and 19th, RAWdance will present the 15th installation of the CONCEPT series, a celebrated, cozy showcase of contemporary dance. The CONCEPT series: 15 trades in the brick walls of 66 Sanchez Studio for the I-Beams of the Joe Goode Annex, while continuing to show some of the Bay Area’s most intriguing choreographic voices in an informal and intimate setting. The series promises to fulfill your cravings for quality dance art while keeping your belly full of popcorn.
The CONCEPT series: 15 brings a wide array of top-notch creative talent. Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions performs “Torque: Dance on a Bike on a Rope.” Created in 2011 to celebrate the Bay Area’s growing bike activism, the work takes an ordinary bike from the Berkeley Flea Market and transforms it into a danceable object. In Risa Jaroslow’s new work, four dancers investigate how we make the decisions that bring us to the point of change. “Jaroslow’s (work) is all about relationship. Not the romantic kind, but that kinetic, flesh-to-flesh thing that happens between dancers moving” (Dance Magazine Blog). Erik Wagner / Crawl Space offers a new duet, while Christian Burns shares “Improvisation #72,” a solo exploration for new potentials in spontaneous choreography. Rounding out the guest artists, Lindsey Renee Derry / L i n s d a n s will perform an excerpt of her solo show POR•TRAI•TURE. Host RAWdance will share two works-in-progress in anticipation of the company’s July home season. An excerpted duet from Burn In, places the company’s Artistic Directors Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith in a dark and aggressive battle. The second in-progress extract comes from Turing’s Apple, inspired by the life and work of famed British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing.
RAWdance was awarded a 2014 Goldie from the SF Bay Guardian in large part in recognition of the vitality of the CONCEPT series: “An old-fashioned salon of serious fun but also serious art, the series has become one of the most congenial places to watch dance in SF.” Critical Dance chimed in on CONCEPT series: 14, “A packed house, cozy performance environment, engaging choreography, yummy snacks, genuine and inviting hosts… an evening of modern dance doesn’t get much better than this.” In 2012, SF Weekly named the CONCEPT series the “Best Way to Sample S.F.’s Contemporary Dance Scene.
The CONCEPT series is all about making dance accessible without sacrificing the art. Choreographers are encouraged to share work at any point along the creation process, from revisiting repertory to testing out a work-in-progress fresh from the studio. The series began in 2007 and has shared the work of 60 artists to date, including RAWdance.
Fri. April 18, 8pm and Sat. April 19, 3pm & 8pm
Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama St. (@ 17th)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Coffee, popcorn, and other snacks will be provided
Seating is limited
In 2004 after years of collaboration both as dance partners and choreographers, Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein formed RAWdance with the mission to create driven, visceral works that reveal the essence of our relationships and identities. RAWdance crafts technically challenging dances balancing athletic movement with intellectual themes, and presents them in unexpected public spaces as well as the theater. SF Weekly dubbed the company's work “edgy, sexy inventive fare designed to speak to audiences.” Criticaldance.com hailed the company’s directors as “site-specific royalty.” And the San Francisco Chronicle recently described theirs as a "genuine partnership, one of the more thrilling in Bay Area dance." In 2014, RAWdance was awarded an SF Bay Guardian Goldie.
Ryan and Wendy have created over two dozen works for the company, including several evening-length pieces, and have been supported through residencies at Ucross, ODC Theater, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, CounterPULSE, and Jon Sims Center. In 2010 the company was awarded a Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) award. Ryan and Wendy have been guest artists at universities and high schools, and teach professional workshops locally. The company has performed in China, Singapore, Chicago, IL, Providence, RI, Washington DC, and New York City, as well as throughout the SF Bay Area. Outside the theater, the company has brought full-scale dance to art galleries, Union Square, UN Plaza, Orson Restaurant and SF's Westfield mall, among other venues. In 2010, RAWdance was honored as a finalist in SF Weekly's Masterminds Awards for its innovative approach to alternative spaces.
Furthering efforts to inspire dialogue and engage the community, in 2007 the company launched the biannual CONCEPT series, an informal and intimate salon of contemporary dance. To date, the series has presented works by 60 of the city's talented professional artists in a casual environment with coffee and popcorn.