Glade Dance Collective Celebrates Fifth Year with Solo Concert
from the Glade Dance Collective
In Glade Dance Collective’s fifth year, we present our first full evening of exclusively Glade works, Wavelengths. Glade members include two JOM faculty members, Lauren Borchard and Sylvana Christopher, and several current and former workstudies, so we’re especially pleased to present this special concert at a place that feels like home. (Learn more about Glade and its dancers at gladedance.org.)
The program includes premieres by Glade members Lauren Borchard, Jess Hoversen, and Betsy Loikow. These pieces explore moments of personal transformation, from leaving home to the birth of a child to the way grief changes over time.
Loikow collaborated with Emily Schwend, a 2014 Tow Foundation grant recipient and resident playwright at Second Stage Theatre in New York City whose play, Take Me Back, was just named a New York Times Critics’ Pick.”Emily’s plays exemplify the Glade mantra of creating art of both personal and collective meaning. Her stories are always deeply personal dramas full of wider resonance that’s never preachy or heavy handed, but rather pull you in, take you unawares, and grab you before you realize what’s happened. The creative process for Home was deeply collaborative and personal for all involved. Emily and I began with conversations about the idea of home, stories that pulled us in, and the aesthetic qualities of dance and theater that resonated most strongly with both of us. It was important to us that the dancers have a personal stake in the work and the stories they would be telling onstage,” Loikow said.
About her new piece on becoming a parent, Borchard writes, “Last summer, for the first time since college and to my great surprise, I discovered that I had to make a dance about my daughter’s birth. The piece was begging to be made, dogging me through late-night nursing sessions, haunting my dreams, popping up while watching my daughter play. Luckily for me, Glade was willing to journey with me through my experience of the end of pregnancy, labor, and new parenthood.”
The show also features audience favorites from work made in 2010 and 2013. Excerpts from Connections, Glade’s collective piece sourced in part from audience interactions, explore the way the brain works as well as how we communicate with one another. District. Defined? reflects the dancers’ experiences here and showcases the vibrancy and music of life in DC. One member reflected on what it’s been like to re-set the piece: “When we first made the piece, we drew inspiration from our personal experiences living and/or working in the city, site visits to different parts of the city, music by artists with a DC connection, and our own photographs and recordings. Different Glade members led rehearsals to develop material, and then we worked together to shape the material into a ‘day in the life…’”
Please join us to celebrate five years of movement and learning! We hope this concert will make you think, laugh, and cry. We’re planning a talkback session after both shows so we can dig deeper into the work with you. Most of all, we invite you to join us to move, create, and engage.
When: March 15, 2014 @ 8:30 pm
March 16, 2014 @ 7 pm
Where: Jack Guidone Theater
5207 Wisconson Ave. NW
$20 or $15 student/senior/military in advance
$25 or $20 student/senior/military at the door