Star Foster Dance Project to bring original written words to life as part of ‘Page to Stage’ dance series
For those of you who double as both modern dance connoisseurs- self-appointed or not- and book nerds, the Starr Foster Dance Project has something in the works that is sure to nab your attention.
In the beginning of October, SFDP will be presenting a Page to Stage Dance Series showcasing a modern dance interpretation of several handpicked short stories.
Foster pinpoints her own personal hobbies as inspiration for the dance series.
“I’m a book worm. I’m a huge lover of fiction,” She said.
Starr Foster is a Richmond native, and has spent her life dedicated to the arts. She teaches at both VCU and U of R, in addition to running her self-titled dance company- all while being a part of a family and raising a child.
The company posted an open call for submissions of fiction. Foster wanted stories “of extreme brevity,” and they decided to give the submissions the criteria of sudden and flash fiction- which means they were 1,000 words or less.
She initially wondered if the call for stories would gain any traction, but thanks to the company’s social media platforms, they received a flood of submissions. “There were probably another dozen that I would love to make new works out of, but I can’t,” she said.
Despite being a strong advocate of community, Foster was excited about the number of submissions being from out of state. However, a little over half of the stories picked ended up being by authors from Richmond.
“It definitely involves the community. It was total happenstance.” She said. “We have submissions from California, from Texas […] but it’s really great to have people from our area submitting.”
“If something is a little more a rich, a little more deep, it provokes imagination and thought,” said Foster about how she picked which stories to turn into original dance pieces. Seeing as she was bent on picking stories that had some meat to them, some rough topics are tackled in the show.
Struggling with transgender identify, assault, and a life-reflective airplane crash are just a few themes that will unfold.
“We definitely leaned towards the stories that were really rich and had a lot of texture that could be translated into dance,” She said.
Since the start of rehearsals in March, the SFDP has made eight all new dances. Normally during their October show, half of that number would be premiered. Tons of hard work goes into choreographing dances, and this series has proved to be no different.
“Sometimes it takes 8 hours to do a minute. Sometimes it’ll take an hour to do 15 seconds,” Foster said.
The heavy load has not held back the project’s team of dancers, however. With only 6 weeks till opening night could, there could still be a lot of work left for some groups, but apparently not for those currently involved.
The dedication to the moves and the expressions maintained throughout the rehearsals could have fooled you into thinking the show was this weekend.
In addition to the company dancers, the Page to Stage Dance series also includes a few guest dancers, as well as writers, musicians, and film makers who have come to aid in the process.
“When we as artists come together, and you have this wealth of artistry, it makes something very powerful. It’s great to be able to collaborate.” She said.
Along with the talented participants that made this project possible, the HatchFund Campaign as well as 58 others gave their support.
“We feel that community engagement and involvement is essential to the success of any project, especially this one.”
The Star Foster Dance Project’s Page to Stage dance series happens October 1st, 2nd, 3rd at 8pm 2015 and October 4th at 2pm 2015.
Tickets are $20 general/$15 Students – you can pick up tickets through www.showclix.com 2 weeks prior to show
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