Choreography is such an active art form that people don't always hear about how much thought goes into its creation, and yet much of what makes Dance so compelling is that an art form whose expression is so physical is the product of such careful thought. This is of course true of the choreographers and dancers, but there is also a rich and careful creative process behind all of the complexities of beginning, maintaining and inspiring a Dance Company, and in the presentation of each of their concerts. Here are some thoughts from Ginger Jensen, the Artistic Director of Renegade Dance Architects.
About the Concert "What Is Home To You": "I like to ask questions of our audiences, as I feel this makes them more a part of the process. Last year's concert was "What makes you extraordinairy?" ... This year's idea of home is another universal idea, that largely differs depending on who you ask. People have replied that home is a place where they can truly be themselves, where they aren't afraid to make mistakes, where there is comfort, where there is love."
About Making Dance Accessible: "When we say our work is accessible, it means to me that there is a common emotional element for human connection. Not all dance is or needs to be like this, but often when I see something onstage that does not have something for me to connect with emotionally I wonder "Do I need to be here for this?" The "something" doesn't always have to be a clear story or emotional through line, it can just be a moment of pure feeling via the movement, that does it for me."
About the Choreography in "What Is Home To You":
This particular show is an emotional roller coaster, but the ending piece, "Here They Come" choreographed by Amy Williams has such triumph in it. I think the audience will feel it with us. The opening work, choreographed by Molly Beck touches on how things in our lives can pull us apart in our relationships, even when we don't intend for our lives to separate us. One of my new works (a quartet) "Owed to Self," opens with someone frustrated and struggling. ... I think we all go through that -- feeling lonely & isolated in a world full of support. Another ensemble work "Pieces," choreographed by Stephanie Unger represents how we search for a place where being ourselves allows us to fit in. My other new quartet "Search Me" discusses how to find our own way in a sea of influences, how we hear our own voice and guidance, but often don't follow it until nothing else works. With all of the new dances in the show it's nice to include our premiere work from last season, my "Forgiveness, Not Permission" It explores human interaction and the celebration of all of the people who pass us by in life and influence us for the better. With all of these emotionally charged stories in the concert it's nice to have that Amy William's piece help us triumph in the end.
Tickets for "What Is Home To You", are at brownpapertickets.com.