Press

  • “an epic production that is greater than the sum of its parts… The real reveal of Double Exposure is not an index of the West Coast choreographic point of view – if anything, this unscientific sample shows how nose-thumbingly motley our contemporary dance scene is – but  the intelligence and versatility of Smith and Rein as artists. Few dancers could conjure two-minute universes that range from hard-hitting (Johnston) to cerebral (Holt) to lyrics-driven (Seiwert) and make you believe each one; perhaps only these two would even try.”

    (Double Exposure premiere at ODC Theater)

  • “Phenomenal dancers; gifted communicators; accomplished artists. Double Exposure is a definitive tour de force.”

    (Double Exposure premiere at ODC Theater)

  • “Morphing from one duet to the next with feline versatility, they create an intricate moving installation that displays the breadth of styles and genres that can be found on the West Coast dance map.”

    (Double Exposure premiere at ODC Theater)

  • “RAWdance’s stunning dances are like drifting through a waking dream — everything is clear but maddeningly elusive.”

    (Preview – Double Exposure world premiere at ODC Theater, July 2016)

  • “You have to watch, and you want to watch, and you have no idea what’s going to happen. It’s exhilarating and exhausting. But that’s the price of real art.”

    (Mine at Joe Goode Annex, 2015)

  • “Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith, co-directors of RAWdance, seem to understand what Jorge Luis Borges meant when he said, “Art is fire plus algebra.” In all their work, feeling takes shape via intelligent patterning. And in their company’s 10th anniversary at Z Space this past weekend, obsession with patterning was not just their working method, but also their subject matter, in the impressive and often searing Turing’s Apple.”

    (Turing's Apple at Z Space)

  • There’s enough fire and algebra in “Burn In” to warrant many viewings.

    (Burn In at Z Space)

  • “Smith and Rein often move like liquid sculptures; we see them as one even as they strive to pull
    apart.”

    (SFBG Goldies Awards issue)

    • Rita Felciano
    • SF Bay Guardian
    • February 18, 2014
  • “RAWdance packed enough movement material into its new Mine to tempt lesser choreographers to dilute it into a much longer work… Mine turned out to be an intricately structured, excellently performed essay on some of our less noble instincts.”

    (Mine at Joe Goode Annex)

    • Rita Felciano
    • SF Bay Guardian
    • December 10, 2013
  • “Visually arresting… The dancers are muscular, precise, and tense with a controlled energy that detonates in vicious rushes…”

    (Mine at Joe Goode Annex)

  • “deliciously unpredictable tour de force”

    (Mine at Joe Goode Annex)

  • “This is a genuine partnership, one of the more thrilling in Bay Area dance. Smith and Rein seem to understand each other’s physical limitations and sensibilities. When they’re together, the room seems suffused with an aura of trust you find infrequently on the dance floor.”

    (re:framed at ODC Theater)

    • Allan Ulrich
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • November 4, 2012
  • “passionate and volatile” “I love many things about this company, but one of their most important choreographic achievements is that the narrative is constant. It informs everything in any given piece and remains true through every movement variation.”

    (After 5:00 at ODC Theater's Walking Distance Dance Festival)

  • “Haunting yet hopeful, this is the most moving, honest and indeed ‘raw’ piece I’ve seen in ages.”

    (After 5:00 at ODC Theater's Walking Distance Dance Festival)

  • “RAWdance’s Two by 24: Love on Loop had it all: an immersive experience, with deep narrative continuity, supported by sound technique and ground-breaking choreography. Artistic Directors Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith truly are site-specific royalty.”

    (Two by 24: Love on Loop at UN Plaza)

  • “Last night, San Francisco dance lovers enjoyed site-specific experimental work done brilliantly; adapted to its chosen setting without losing any physicality.  RAWdance’s premiere of “a public affair” at Orson Restaurant Bar & Lounge in SOMA was visionary dance at its best.” “If you have the opportunity to see RAWdance, take it – they have well-crafted, unique choreography, an excellent sense of humor and technically superior dancers.”

    (A Public Affair at Orson Restaurant)

  • “When watching dance performances, it’s often easy to forget that those are real people on stage. Not here (for A Public Affair at Orson Restaurant). As seen last week, Rein and Smith are smart to begin while seated and chatting. When they start moving, still seated, it’s as if real people simply started throwing lettuce and draping each other in napkins. […] Each gesture lies somewhere between erotic and argumentative. You know that awkward thing when a couple nearby is having the quietest fight ever? That.”

    (A Public Affair at Orson Restaurant)

  • “Smith and Rein, the long and lithe co-creators of the popular local company RAWdance, are giving eaters something to chew over while they dine out. Their 10-minute A Public Affair […] makes fun, flirty use of objects on hand (greens get nibbled suggestively, napkins are tossed playfully over a partner’s head, and chairs morph from obstacles to props).”

    (A Public Affair at Orson Restaurant)

  • “mesmerizing, venue-bending productions”

    • Kristen Philipkoski
    • San Francisco Magazine
  • “edgy, sexy inventive fare designed to speak to audiences”

    (SF Weekly's 2012 Mastermind edition)

    • Reyhan Harmanci
    • SF Weekly
    • February 17, 2010
  • “Smith and Rein, resurrected a powerful duet from their 2009 Fallout. […] Presented in this small studio, which suggests confinement on every side, the fierceness of this encounter – chest-bumpings, head against head competition, yanking as if trying to dislocate limbs – suggested hostility yet, intriguingly, it was as emotionally neutral as a man and a woman together on stage can be.”

    (RAWdance's CONCEPT series: 7)

    • Rita Felciano
    • Dance View
    • Winter 2010
  • “The internal nature of the family tension and discontent couldn’t have been better expressed in Fallout – effectively a silent, reflective struggle expressed through the medium of dance.”

    (Fallout at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival)

  • “The fast-paced Accused took full advantage of the space […] the piece developed a claustrophobic sense of energy being forced into a channel, like storm water shooting down a creek.” “A trio, Schematic Process, for Smith, Rein and Laura Sharp fascinated with its stiff-legged, angular and robotic verticality, the formality of its design and the purity of its execution. […] Stripped down and bare, this was a dance of lines and angles of the body, the geometry of the physical in space. Even hops and trembles were images of exactitude; progressions could have been charted on graph paper.”

    (RAWdance's CONCEPT series: 1)

  • “RAWdance’s Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith are high-stakes gamblers.”

    (WestWave Dance Festival at Project Artaud)

    • Rita Felciano
    • SF Bay Guardian
    • July 19, 2006
  • “…Ryan T. Smith and Dudley Flores slapped and flipped each other against a wall. Exposing tenderness and lust, this pairing sizzled with danger, aggression and curiosity.”

    (PerVerses at CounterPulse)

    • Rita Felciano
    • danceviewtimes.com
    • February 3, 2006
  • “The evening’s best work came from new kids on the block, Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein’s RAWdance. Un[covered] was a funny, drum-tight, and oddly sensual quintet in which artifice transcended itself.”

    (WestWave Dance Festival at ODC Theater)

    • Rita Felciano
    • SF Bay Guardian
    • January 20, 2005