Using the Roaring 20s to illuminate issues in our own time, Roar peels away the veneer glitz and glam of the Jazz Age to expose the era’s shifting gender power dynamics and burgeoning feminist movement that still echo today. An original score by frequent RAWdance collaborator Joel St. Julien reimagines the jazz standard There’ll Be Some Changes Made to create a thoroughly modern baseline for this rollercoaster work.
Featuring a sextet of dancers, including RAWdance Founders and Roar choreographers Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the work includes a modular set of off-kilter cubes that join together to form a dilapidated stage, a throw-back to an era gone by.
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Press & Accolades
★★★★ “intelligent, provocative choreography, superb dancing and […] work that never loses its way”Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs
“Witty, whip-smart and beautiful to watch, Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith are the darlings of San Francisco contemporary dance.”Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
“‘Roar’ cunningly undercut the 1920s male-female power dynamic”Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle
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