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2019 Dogtown Presenter's Series

  • 109 West 15th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
  • Dates: Oct 18 - 19, Oct 25 - 26 2019
  • Venue: Dogtown Dance Theatre
  • Phone: (804) 230-8780
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: General Admission: $20 | Student Admission: $15
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This fall, Dogtown Dance Theatre is excited to present a stunning collaborative dance work created by local Richmond choreographer Kara Robertson of Karar Dance Company. Dogtown Presenter’s Series (DPS) is a two-week spotlight performance series that highlights the independent artists and organizations in Richmond, VA. Dogtown is home to many diverse dance and movement organizations that vary in style, from Latin and salsa dancing to Afro-Caribbean dance, Flamenco, modern dance, and hoop dance, to name a few. Each fall, one artist is accepted through a submission based application process to present choreographic work in a series of professionally produced performances and community workshops in the Dogtown Presenter’s Series.

Kara Robertson will premiere a new evening length work Circadian with her Richmond-based modern dance company KARAR DANCE COMPANY. Circadian draws inspiration from Fan Ho’s architectural photographs of 1950’s and 1960’s Hong Kong, titled Hong Kong Yesterday. The piece is rooted in the beauty of simplicity, reflecting movement in stillness and human habitual nature. Set design challenges the traditional dance performance space by breaking multiple boundaries for choreographer, dancers, and audience. Bringing the collaboration to the stage, the work embodies the juxtaposition of stillness and pure-movement in abstract storytelling through the use of movement, sight, and sound. This new work is performed in the round, visually creating boundaries for dancers, yet opening up endless possibilities of movement through the use of original architectural set and lighting design as well as music composition.

Five dancers showcase the value of routine, a theme often depicted in Ho’s photographs. Utilizing movement that captures simplistic beauty, the dancers transition through individuality and conformity, representing the effects of varying routines. The culmination of choreography and performance, set design by Crux Scenica, lighting design by Weston Corey, and an original music score by Ryan Davis, showcases multiple elements from varying artistic disciplines; each inspires, enhances and essentially alters the others’ art form, creating a collaborative professional evening of dance performance.

Set design is constructed by scenic designers Christina Delli Santi and Joshua Bennett of Crux Scenica. This asymmetrical grid-like set hangs parallel to the stage floor from the grid in the theater.

Weston Corey’s lighting design flirts with the scenic grid revealing the dancers below. Lighting shifts and evolves to dictate audience focus. The marriage of both set construction and lighting design creates additional depth to this piece, adding visual elements that would not be possible without the partnership among artists. Corey’s lighting design guides the dancers through the space, playing off of the set, offering mystery and wonder.

Ryan Davis’ original score accompanies the performance. This composition propels the work by varying dynamics and spacing, shifting movement quality, and inspiring the overall kinetic range. Music is developed organically along with the choreography of the work to create an overall arch for the audience to both hear and see the evolution of the evening-length work.

Dogtown Dance Theatre is proud to announce that the Dogtown Presenter’s Series will be our mainstage event in recognition for #artoberVA, a month-long celebration of arts and culture events hosted by CultureWorks Richmond. More information on #artoberVA can be found at https://richmondcultureworks.org/about-artoberva.

2019 Dogtown Presenter's Series