Amaranth Arts return to Grace Street with ‘Falling Back to Grace’
Amaranth Arts returns to the Grace Street Theater stage after a four-year hiatus on September 11th. But the time away has been busy for the dance troupe as they’ve been traveling around America and the world performing, choreographing, and teaching.
Scott Putman, the artistic director and founder of Amaranth Arts, attributes these past four years to influencing and evolving the style of choreography that he’s created for Falling Back To Grace.
“I find that traveling is a great inspiration and also a window into deepening your practice,” Putman said. “I feel like I have become a better craft-person in the way in which I make dances, and I think the dancers have also grown. I’m excited to share the depth of the work and the ways in which it has changed and see how the audience responds to both the development of the chorography and the performances of the dancers.”
Putman is the primary choreographer for the company, however this particular performance is unique because one number was arranged by guest choreographer Stephanie Martinez. Martinez will also be working with the company in the fall with their annual residency in Denver, CO.
Additionally, Falling Back To Grace will share the stage with good friends the Island Moving Company, based in Newport, RI.
Amaranth is excited to invite and introduce this new company to Richmond audiences; letting them see a contemporary ballet company working alongside of an old favorite in a new light.
“I really feel that dance is about artfully and gracefully falling through space, and it just so happens that the dancers in this particular show are all VCU alums [spanning from graduating in 2005 to as early as last spring],” Putman said. “It seemed appropriate to name the show Falling Back to Grace, as it really is a homecoming in a crazy kind of way for everyone.”
Amaranth considers themselves kinetic storytellers. The work made by the company has a story about humanity behind it. One reviewer of an Amaranth performance coined the term, “humanity in motion,” Putman said.
“We’re sort of a magical group of dancers who live and breathe the work. They [the dancers] bring their own individual voices to the tell the stories of the dances.”
Putman believes the company is unique overall to both Richmond and across the country because the dancers really believe in the work, and that really resonates with the audiences.
People are touched and drawn into the work, in ways that doesn’t happen often, according to Putman.
“A lot of times, people appreciate dance, but they aren’t necessarily moved emotionally or spiritually, if you will, and I think the work that we do touches people this way,” Putman said.
The performances in Falling Back to Grace move through many different aspects of people’s emotions. Each work is unique in its tone, color, and idea-experience in different ways. There are many different visual stories, and Putman hopes that audiences will be able to experience the show like a wonderful ride.
Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, with six different works on the program.
Tickets are available through the Grace Street Theater Box Office, (804) 828-2020, or on the Grace Street Theater website.
Currently Amaranth Arts is in the middle of a fall campaign with Indigogo to support the performances at Grace Street Theater and for their residency in Colorado. If you would like to support Amaranth Arts, you can donate here.
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