With our regular programming challenged by Covid-19, we’ve been getting extra-creative with how we “spark vibrancy and connectedness through staged works inspired by jazz and American social dance ideas” during this time in which traditional theatrical performance and studio learning is nearly impossible. Current performance and education-based programming includes:
| PERFORMANCE: RADIOBODY – A SCREENDANCE |
We’ve forayed into dance film this Winter for the first time as a company with RadioBody, a project featuring original jazz renditions of select Radiohead tunes that was originally imagined for stage. It will make it there eventually (February 2022): in the mean time, we are stoked to be exploring in this new-to-us medium of screendance! We premiered this screendance virtually with our home audience on 2/26/21, and are currently applying to dance film festivals across the world!
| PERFORMANCE: THE COHORT 20/21 |
After a successful virtual sneak-peek with The Cohort: From Home, held the same weekend in August 2020 our this show was originally to hit the stage, The Cohort 20/21 will come to life LIVE and outdoors at The Shed @ The Lab Brewery in Minneapolis. 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.
| PERFORMANCE: POP-UPS |
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 only held so long for this, we looked forward to picking this back up in the Spring: if you’ve got a yard and a neighborhood you think would appreciate and show up for something like this, drop us a line!
| PERFORMANCE & EDUCATION: EVENTS & WORKSHOPS UPON REQUEST |
We’ll bring our unique approach to groove, interaction and improvisation-driven approach to jazz dance TO YOU! We are experienced in tailoring virtual events and workshops to the needs of a community, and would love to talk with you about yours: contact us to talk through your ideas.
| EDUCATION: 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!
| EDUCATION: #GroovinAtADistDance VIDEOS |
One of the ways 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
| EDUCATION: OPEN COMPANY CLASS |
We’ll be bringing our outdoor company class back to life and opening it up to pre-professional and professional dancers who wish to join in the jazz! Keep your eye out for more details from us coming soon!