Kennedy Center’s 2014 Local Dance Commissioning Project.
Choreograpy By Arturo garcia
Kennedy Center Performances
Premiering “Here & Now” by Arturo Garcia Commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the 2014 Local Dance Commissioning Project
The program also includes repertory by Katherine Horrigan and Marcus Jarrell Willis.
Performed by Company Danzante.
Sept. 25th and 26th at 6pm
To read more about the works, you can access our digital program at http://www.companydanzante.org/
For those unable to attend the show, a live stream will be available for you to view through the Kennedy Center’s website. Kennedy Center Live Stream
ARTURO GARCIA recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2014 Local Dance Commissioning Project.
Here & Now Photo Series
ARTURO GARCIA INTERVIEW CCTV Americas Now’s
As part our Community outreach & engagement activities last april Company Danzante premier is first Trainee Program.
This program serves as one of Company Danzante’s Arts Education Initiatives and gives students training at a pre-professional level the opportunity to work with professional artists in their community.
Today we are here with Rachael Mauney to talk about the new work she will be setting for our first series with our Trainee Program.
CO/DA. Hi Rachael, how are you doing today?
RM. Good, excited to start working with the trainees on this new choreography titled “the memories fall behind us.”
Great, we are excited too. What can you tell us about this work?
This work investigates the concept of initial fear. I’m researching that moment in our experience as human beings that teaches us to be afraid. I’m interested in the philosophy of fear, what makes us afraid, how we can overcome that. I think we all have fears that we can eventually use to become stronger people and I want to know more about what that is, what stories can inspire us to find courage. For me, this process started with the experimental labs that we have been working at Co/Da. We get together several times a week just to discuss ideas and play with different phrases. I love being a part of something that is always evolving and working with people who are just curious about their ideas. That’s what I want to do with trainees, is keep asking these questions and keep experimenting with the idea.
CO/DA. What else can you tell us about the trainee program with Company Danzante?
RM. Well, this work will be developed for five students who were invited to participate in this outreach initiative with the company for our performance e over National Dance Week. The students will take a weekly class with the company, learn repertory, and have rehearsals for their own piece. This is an opportunity for them to think about how they might be able to pursue this career. Co/Da is a young company and we have a lot of exciting things developing, so it will be an experience for the trainees to really see how the field works and options dancers have.
CO/DA. And the showing will be a part of National Dance Week?
RM. Yes. “the memories fall behind us” will be shown at Company Danzante’s performance on April 26th at 6:30pm. You’ll get to see two of the company’s existing repertory works, as well as this new piece for the trainees. Come support the company, join us for reception afterwards to talk more about the work!
Thanks for having this conversation with us. We’re looking forward to seeing the show!
This edition of the Danzante Series highlights the five high school students who participated in the Spring 2014 Trainee Program.
As a part of this program, Company Danzante is supporting dancer and choreographer Kyoko Ruch in the creation of new work. The following is a conversation between Kyoko and us about the process of creation.
CO/DA: Hi Kyoko how are you doing today?
Kyoko: Doing well thank you,
CO/DA:Today you have another rehearsal with the company. What are you working on?
Kyoko: I’m working on a piece, the working title is Grey/Grey.
CO/DA: Tell me a little bit more about your work.
Kyoko: I am exploring the human process of transition. Not every is black and white and grey/grey is an even more about complexities within even the grey areas. It’s an event, the way I look at choreography, it has to be an event. The dancers sort of start in their own world and navigate their way through it. That’s the basic idea, I haven’t finished it yet, so I don’t know how it will develop.
CO/DA: So how do you feel about this residence program with Company Danzante?
Kyoko: We’ve been working together for about a year now, with some new additions, but I think it’s good to work with a group that knows each other and is cohesive because the process is expedited. And it’s just easier to work with people you already know because you know how they work, their strengths, and then being able to push is each other is great.
CO/DA: We’re excited to see how it turns out. Thanks for having this conversation with us.
Company Danzante would like to introduce our newsletter blog. In this blog you will find the dates of our events as well as any updates concerning the company calendar. To learn more about Danzante you can visit our website atcompanydanzante.org which is our official site with all of our information. If you are interested in following our social media, you can find those links atcompanydanzante.com.
Company Danzante is a new company in the DC metro area and we are excited about the upcoming events. We will soon be having an open house to introduce our current work in progress as well as a performance early next year that will premier several new works. In addition to our live performances, we will also begin hosting a dance for the camera monthly showing and discussion called “Dance for Your Eyes.” This showing will include independent short dance films.
Our company is looking forward to sharing our work with the DC metro area and we are excited to be part of the local dance community.