Since January, the company has been traveling between our home studios in Takoma Park, MD and various places around the country to teach and perform. And we have the pictures to prove it.
January: Keith, Liz and I taught a three-week long course in Harvard’s dance program, the Ferocious Beauty: Genome cast performed at James Madison University, and Liz and adjunct artist Ami Dowden-Fant began teaching a course at Wesleyan University.
February: The “youngers” in The Matter of Origins spent a few days in New York for rehearsals. Liz and Ami continued their work at Wesleyan. The company ended the month at Wesleyan, performing a new form of Origins: we took sections of the first act, and placed them into two back-to-back performances of “Tea,” the second, site-specific act of the show.
March: Ben, Meg, and I went up to New York participate in “Conversations at the Flea”, where Ben and I performed an excerpt of our new work Hammock. Later that month, the Origins cast and designers spent 10 days in residence at Montclair State University, where we refined the piece, and performed four shows. You can read a nice review here.
April: The Origins team headed to Arizona State University’s Gammage Center, where we performed as a part of The Origins Project conference, despite a power outage on the day of the show. From Arizona, Ben, Ami, and former company Elizabeth Johnson flew to Minneapolis to work with members of the Minnesota Chorale to prepare for a fall performance. Cassie and I, along with adjunct artists Stephanie Miracle and Suzie Richard spent five days in Georgia creating a piece on members of Georgia College & State University’s dance and theatre students, and on participants from the Life Enrichment Center. We closed out April in San Francisco, where recipients of this year’s MetLife Healthy Living commissions premiered their works at the Aging in America conference.
May: Cassie, along with adjunct artists Paloma McGregor and Wayles Haynes worked with the Girl Scouts of Hawaii during the first week of May, while another team headed up to Delaware to perform Martha Wittman’s “Running with the Wind” for a group of students at the Christina Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington.
And now…you can find us in the studio in rehearsal for upcoming projects, including Hammock and How to Lose a Mountain, and preparing for our Summer Institutes. Hope to see you around Takoma Park this summer!