Bellingham Repertory Dance and Seattle-based Au Collective, present Groundwork, a split-bill evening of dance works from two elite regional contemporary companies.
For the first time, we are sharing the stage with a second company of professional dancers to bring the richness of Seattle culture to local Bellingham audiences.
Founded by passionate young artists in 2014, Au Collective’s mission is to highlight the creative perspectives of its diverse members, including people of color, queer people, and women.
For one night only, we will splice together their unique and diverse perspectives, laying the foundation for conversation between audience and artist, between two cities’ cultural identities, between diverse citizens.
Catch Groundwork at the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center at 7:30 on Saturday, February 18th. Bellingham Repertory Dance will share selections from the 2016-17 repertory which premiered at the Firehouse PAC in January.
Seen as a collection, the company’s newest portfolio feels like a surreal tour in which each stop offers a strange glimpse into a complete world of tenuous texture, gravity and narrative. Like post-modern cubism, BRD alum Ella Mahler’s duet this and this too suggests a relationship that either expresses itself across a span of time, or exists as many multiplicities at once. Somebodies Dance Theater’s Quietly, Quickly explores the heightened social and physical awareness bred by war in a duet set against an anxious backdrop of a chorus of dancers, and Marlo Martin’s theEND. literally pushes, lifts, fights it’s way from the depths of space towards growth and new strength.
Placing the perspectives of people of color, women and queer people at the forefront of all their work, Au Collective will present a new piece Que Bonito es lo Bonito, as well as excerpts from their 2016 repertory Bayanihan: A Collection of Physical Tales, and From Sea. Full bodied, rhythmic, and upbeat movements that are blended with fluid floor work, these pieces showcase a range of dance styles from members’ own cultural backgrounds. Through diverse bodies, aesthetics, and viewpoints, Au Collective hopes to lay the groundwork for a new reality that recognizes and celebrates what is different without labeling it as “the other.” Au Collective’s work explores the complicated liminal spaces we occupy as individuals with intersecting identities; and seeks to lay a new foundation upon which to leap from in unity.
Tickets will be available at the door, but are discounted if purchased in advance. Advance tickets are available for purchase at the Western Washington University PAC box office online at www.tickets.wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-6146. Student discounted tickets are also available online and in person. We know that parking can be a challenge on WWU campus, so we have reserved lot 14G for your convenience.
Bellingham Repertory Dance is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information about Groundwork, Bellingham Repertory Dance, or our ongoing community dance classes, please visit our website at www.bhamrep.org. For more information about Au Collective, please visit www.aucollective.com.