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Waterfront Wednesdays – August 18, 2021
In Orbit (premiere)
Choreography: Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, with Carly Johnson
Performance: Carly Johnson, Wendy Rein, Ryan T. Smith
Music: Joel St. Julien
We find ourselves continuously circling, lighting upon moments from the past that are never quite possible to recapture, but evolve through memory and time. In Orbit weaves together new material with portions of RAWdance works from the last 10 years, forming relationships that materialize and dissolve into something entirely new.
Special thanks to Adam Weinert for the invitation; David Szlaza for the construction wizardry; and, to Breton Tyner Bryan, Kaitlyn Ebert, Tayler Kinner, Victor Talledos, Katerina Wong, Stacey Yuen, and the cast of Surfacing for their choreographic contributions.
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A California native, Carly Johnson received early training at the age of two. She continued her studies at SOTA, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and completed her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Carly has had the pleasure of working and performing with various artists including Ja’Malik of Ballet Boy Productions, Carmen Rozestraten, Nelly Van Bommel of NØA Dance, Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance, Robert Moses’ KIN, Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Tanya Bello’s Project.B, RAWdance and had the opportunity to perform as Baryshnikov’s silhouette in his show Letter to a Man at Zellerbach Theater.
Joel St. Julien is a San Francisco-based composer, musician, songwriter and sound artist who has written music for documentaries, short / feature films, podcasts, and dance. He is a firm believer in experimentation/fusion with acoustic and electronic elements in sound oscillating through escapism and the mysticism of the present tense. joelstjulien.com
A native New Yorker, Wendy Rein has been dancing and breaking furniture since age 3.
With a BA from Brown University, she brings over 20 years of professional experience in the field to her work as a performer, choreographer producer, curator, and teacher. Wendy worked with Misnomer Dance Theater before moving to San Francisco, where she co-founded RAWdance and had the privilege of performing with artists such as Amy Seiwert, Deborah Slater, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Nancy Karp, Mary Carbonara, and Todd Eckert, among others. She also worked for many years both in front of the camera and behind the scenes on a series of dance film projects with RJ Muna. Wendy moved to NY’s Hudson Valley in 2019 as the company expanded to two locations.
Originally from outside of Boston MA, Ryan T. Smith received his BA in Theatre Arts
and French Literature from Brown University before moving to San Francisco. A co-founder of RCJ Dance in Providence, he has always been supportive of the beauty of collaborative projects. In the Bay Area, Ryan had the opportunity to work with artists such as Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Stephen Pelton, and Amy Seiwert, and was a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for 11 years, touring nationally and internationally, and participating in several large scale international collaborations with artists and organizations in Kochin, Kolkata, Guangzhou, and Jerusalem. He has served as Co-Artistic Director of RAWdance since 2004, shifting from the Bay Area to New York’s Hudson Valley in 2019.
Read more about RAWdance…
RAWdance is an award-winning contemporary dance company known for transforming theaters and public spaces through performance, curation, collaboration, and film. The company creates adventurous, thoughtful, and welcoming programming that challenges what contemporary dance is, where it happens, who it includes, and the role it plays in our lives. A “rare treasure” (Critical Dance) and ”witty, whip-smart, and beautiful to watch” (San Francisco Chronicle), RAWdance has performed throughout the U.S. and in Asia. rawdance.org
About Hudson Arts Coalition
Read more about Hudson Arts Coalition…
The Hudson Arts Coalition is a member-based organization with a mission to create a fertile and nurturing environment for the arts. With regional networks, resources, and support, HArC provides leadership in cultural planning and advocacy in order to:
• Encourage collaboration and cross promotion amongst regional arts presenters.
• Provide enrichment for members with regular meetings and presentations.
• Strategically distribute tourism growth so that all community members are served. hudsonartscoalition.org
Thank you for helping to make future free public events possible!
Waterfront Wednesdays is made possible with generous support from the Hudson Tourism Board and also with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education.
photo by RAWdance