Dancers have been the muses of artists for centuries. Degas, Rauschenberg, even Picasso created artworks based on the moving body. Continuing that tradition and starting this Friday, February 28th , Art Works Galleries and Studios will present Let’s Dance, an all medium art show inspired by the movement of local modern dance company, RVA Dance Collective.
For the months of January and February, artists were invited to Dogtown Dance Theatre to experience, be inspired, and create works based upon the dancing they observed during technique classes and rehearsals. Photographers, painters, sketch artists, and even sculptures worked along side the dancers. Jess Burgess, co-artistic director of RVA Dance Collective wanted to “share the space with artists of all mediums so they could create work simultaneously”.
The outcome of this collaboration, Let’s Dance, is a versatile exhibition curated by Art Works assistant director, Jessie Boyland. Burgess, who got a sneak peek of the show on Sunday, was overwhelmed by the creativity of the artists. “To see the interpretation of what these artists see as our art and even us as people is really amazing.”
In addition to the visual of components of Let’s Dance, RVA Dance Collective will be performing their newest piece, The Other Side of Now, choreographed by co-artistic directors Jess Burgess and Danica Kalemdaroglu.
Let’s Dance will open February 28, 2014 as part of Art Works Galleries and Studios Fourth Friday series. The event is free and open to the public. For more information,
please visit www.rvadancecollective.com or www.artworksrichmond.com.
Rebecca A. Ferrell, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is a dance educator, choreographer and performer. She is currently the artistic director of FDANCE, a project dedicated to her work as an intervention dance artist. Rebecca holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She is currently adjunct faculty at VCU Dance and is in charge of dance curriculum at John Tyler Community College. When she is not dancing, Rebecca is making cupcakes, breaking hearts, and obsessing over the color pink.
This weekend at Dogtown Dance Theatre four local choreographers, each with national acclaim, will merge their modern and ballet backgrounds with INTERSECTIONS, a collaborative show that embraces the diversity of the Richmond dance scene. This weekend’s performances will also serve as a debut for Annielille Gavino Kollman’s dance company, Malayaworks. Kollman’s goal with her dance [...]