Named the Best Way to Sample S.F.’s Contemporary Dance Scene by SF Weekly, the biannual CONCEPT series focuses on intimacy and innovation. Come see some of the top talent of Bay Area dance in a casual environment complete with coffee and snacks. The CONCEPT series: 15 shares the choreographic voices of Flyaway Productions, Christian Burns, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, Erik Wagner / Crawl Space, and Lindsey Renee Derry/L i n s d a n s. RAWdance, taking breaks from hosting duties of delivering coffee and cookies, will round out the program with two works-in-progress, offering tastes of Turing’s Apple and Burn In, both slated for premiere as part of the company’s Summer season in July 2014.
Important News! Due to construction at 66 Sanchez, the CONCEPT series is moving for the first time since it began in 2007. The 15th round will be presented at the Joe Goode Annex (info below) on Friday/Saturday, instead of the usual Saturday/Sunday. Mark those calendars now!
SF Weekly summed up the salon: “Dance aficionados and newbies find plenty to like in this semi-regular series at the historic James Howell Studio, hosted and curated by choreographers Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein. Because the venue is awkwardly shaped, you’re bound to meet new people — there’s really no option to keep quiet. You pay what you can to enter. There’s food. And the work is really good. Smith and Rein sometimes perform with their entrancing group RAWdance, bolstering this already-strong argument for mixed-bill style performances. And there’s this running joke they have with popcorn. Just go.” The CONCEPT series is all about making dance accessible without sacrificing the art. Choreographers are encouraged to share work at any point along the creation process, from revisiting repertory to testing out a work-in-progress fresh from the studio. The series began in 2007 and has shared the work of 59 guest artists to date, in addition to RAWdance.
8pm Friday, April 18
3pm & 8pm Saturday, April 19
Joe Goode Annex 401 Alabama St. (@ 17th St.)
The CONCEPT series is always Pay-What-You-Can
Tickets available at the door