Two companies, two danceworks, two nights! And from two cities. Denver and Chicago come together as Evolving Doors Dance and RE|Dance converge on Boulder, October 2nd and 3rd, at the Dairy Center for the Arts.
EDD Artistic Director Angie Simmons and RE|Dance Executive Director Lucy Vurusic Riner met some years ago while attending college. Lucy and Angie stayed in touch over the years and often toyed with the idea of a shared show, but it was only this past year they were able to bring their vision to fruition. Last spring EDD traveled from Denver to Chicago, making stops along the way for residencies at various colleges, to share their work “Relative Weight and Tiny Surrenders” with RE|Dance at Link’s Hall. Now the Chicagoans are heading to colorful Colorado to do the same! With their work, “It’s About Love Again This Year”, Riner and Artistic Director Michael Estanich will make their Colorado debut with their cast of dancers.
Through the nine year artistic partnership of Simmons and musician Amy Shelley, EDD’s Executive Director and Sound Score Designer, they will present their 7th evening-length concert. Simmons and Shelley bring in a distinctive type of collaboration when building a new work. Simmons focus is the choreography, which is typically how the work begins and after there is substantial amount of movement development, Shelley steps into the mix creating a soundscore specifically designed for the show. What is additionally unique during the rehearsal process for the Boulder show is Simmons currently lives and works in Hattiesburg, MS at the University of Southern Mississippi department of dance. Subsequently there is some skyping and long distance meetings with Shelley, who is still in Colorado holding down the fort!
“Bridging the gaps in perception between diverse communities of people by focusing on our shared experiences and our shared humanity, EDD’s show dives into conflict and resolution by looking at life’s struggles on small and large scales with intricate gesture, synchronized sweeping phrases, and moving partnering. EDD’s six dancers connect, strengthen, resist, resolve—breaking down, building up, enslaving or setting free. Moving through these moments, with grace or with a stumble, struggle becomes a metaphor for physical exploration.”
Chicago creative duo, Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich, present work that “ponders how and where love surges in our lives. Established in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaborations RE|Dance Group’s dynamic ensemble of nine dancers seamlessly weave together a series of vignettes that navigate the tricky, intersecting terrain of emotion, memory, desire, and joy.” Estanich and Riner are dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that “examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships. The instability and uncertainty of charged relationships act as symbols for living in a volatile, contemporary world.”
Come check out these passionate, powerful dance companies!
The Dairy Center for the Arts
2590 Walnut St, Boulder
Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd
Ticketing: www.thedairy.org or call 303-444-7328
Ticket Rates: $18 Student/Senior $20/General Admission
Discounts for groups of 8 or more
EDD Website: www.evolvingdoorsdance.org