With our regular programming challenged by Covid-19, we are getting extra-creative how we fulfill our mission of “sparking vibrancy and connectedness through staged works inspired by jazz and American social dance ideas” during this time in which traditional theatrical performance is nearly impossible. Current performance and education-based programming includes:
| POP-UP PERFORMANCES |
After a successful virtual show in August, we’ve moved on to offering outdoor “pop-up” shows at assisted living facilities and in yards. While the weather will only hold so long for this, we’re hoping to get in a couple more this year: if you’ve got a yard and a neighborhood you think would appreciate and show up for something like this, drop us a line!
| RADIOBODY: A SCREENDANCE |
(Radiohead album artwork by Stanley Donwood)
We are foraying into screendance this Winter with our first iteration of RadioBody, a project featuring original jazz renditions of select Radiohead tunes originally imagined for stage (that will make it there eventually!). We’re working with local artist Mike Lauer, who is composing and recording three tunes that will enliven movement footage we’ll be shooting outdoors in December and January. We’re hoping to release this screendance in February, the month the stage show would have originally occurred. More to come as we know it!
| THE COHORT 20/21 |
After a successful virtual sneak-peek in August with The Cohort: From Home, we’ll be bringing the annual summer show meant for August 2020 to the Southern Theater stage in May 2021 – the 20th through 22nd, to be exact 🙂 This show will feature work by local choreographer Kayla Schiltgen and visiting choreographers Dougie Robbins (NY) and Ayo Walker (TN), as well as RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard. More to come!
| ROOTS & BRANCHES WORKSHOPS |
This series of virtual workshops, titled and modeled after a 2014 anthology of writings on jazz of the same name, focuses on reconnecting people’s consciousness of jazz dance to it’s vibrant African diasporic roots and related branch forms. These workshops amplify the voices of BIPOC guest teachers and partner with local intersectional justice organizations to raise funds for their work. Our first workshop – in partnership with ALL DAY Studio and raising funds for Campaign Zero in July – was co-taught by RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard and Ozzy Dris, and explored connections between jazz and house dance. Keep your eye out for more on upcoming workshops!
| #GroovinAtADistDance VIDEOS |
One of the ways we feel we can help keep you groovin’ during this turbulent and uncertain time is to create and share a series of short videos that’ll help you move through and learn about jazz dance! This series includes five different approaches:
- #GetUpOffaThatThang: history and instruction on a jazzy dance step
- #WheresTheJazz: RS artists identify what they see as ‘jazzy’ in selected dance videos
- #RSArtistProfiles: hybrid interview-improv introductions to our excellent collaborating artists
- #CreatorsCut: RS artists give a peek into their experiences developing pieces for our past shows
- #ThroughTheYears: montages of the works from our past summer annual shows