Glade

Dance Collective

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We are dancemakers, story tellers, and thinkers, seeking to raise the profile of modern dance in D.C. Through collaboration and performance, we challenge our bodies and minds to create meaningful art that evokes emotion and makes audiences think. We value a collective process that draws together people from diverse artistic backgrounds. We are Glade Dance Collective.

Glade Partners with Word Dance Theater

Glade Dance Collective is honored to be in partnership with Word Dance Theater this season for the purpose of outreach and mentorship.

Last year two Glade dancers, Sylvana and Jessica, performed in WDT's show at The Phillips Collection. They had such a good experience learning challenging pieces of Isadora Duncan's repertory primarily to Brahms Waltzes. Both dancers were thrilled to work with Cynthia Word and Ingrid Zimmer on a unique melding of visual art and it pairs with modern dance history.

As Sylvana and Jess shared their experience, the rest of Glade wanted in on the action! Luckily WDT was also looking for more dancers to help portray some larger Duncan works that they had not yet been able to perform.

Glade and WDT share a dedication to cross-disciplinary storytelling, and a natural, rewarding partnership was born.

Cynthia and Ingrid work seamlessly together and set a full 6-minute work on Glade members in a single rehearsal. "Dance of the Furies" is a twisted tale of Grecian woes and demise choreographed by Isadora Duncan in the early 20th Century. This dance paints a picture of the gates of hell.

Through this partnership, Glade digs more deeply into the roots of modern dance; treasures a piece of repertoire to share with our audiences, and gains a gem of a wise friend in Word Dance Theater.

Word Dance Theater is performing at Dance Place on June 13th & 14th, 2015. Glade will be dancing "Dance of the Furies" and other work in this unique blend of Duncan work and original contemporary work all surrounding the theme of love and love letters. Don't miss it - buy your tickets now!

Teaching Dance at Saint Elizabeths Hospital

To kick off Glade's 2014 - 2015 season, Glade embarked on a one-month residency for patients ofSaint Elizabeths Hospital in September. Teaching dance at Saint Elizabeths was a way to live outGlade's goal to empower others to move, create, engage!

Sylvana, Lauren, Betsy and Emma had a receptive group of participants every week. Many of the students already had participated in dance therapy sessions multiple times per week. Saint Elizabeths resident Dance Movement Therapsists (DMT) Nalini and Tracy served as guides and hosts to Glade, encouraging their regular session participants to join in, as well as opening up the residency to others at Saint Elizabeths.

Every week, Glade teachers led a "name game," using rhythms, tracing, or imagery to demonstrate identity. Participants then worked on locomoting in different levels, speeds, and styles. Finally, Glade guided students through phrase-making, linking movement generated by different students, or remembering a phrase week to week.

By participating fully and being open to guest teachers, the students demonstrated that dance is an important part of their lives and a healthy, expressive way to come together. Glade leaders found that certain types of music, including Funk Ark, J. Dilla and the Peals, really allowed people to engage in dancing.

During the final session of the residency, Abigail Colodner from National Alliance of Mental Illness joined. Abigail remarked that it was a very heartwarming experience and showed much joy and enthusiasm while participating in the workshop.

In the spring of 2014, Glade performed some repertory, including ConnectionsFor AndrewThe Little Tomato, and District. Defined?, as part of Saint Elizabeths' annual spring showcase. Glade looks forward to returning next spring, and involving the students from our residency in the performance!

For Andrew, choreographed and performed by Sylvana Christopher, is a solo exploring adoption through the perspectives of a woman eager to have children and two different adopted sons and parents who have gone through the adoption process. The Little Tomato was choreographed by Dance Movement Therapist Jessica Melville Goodin, who originally suggested working with Saint Elizabeths several years ago! Connections andDistrict. Defined? are both examples of Glade's commitment to working in collective or collaborative ways, both within the group or by soliciting input from audiences, to make dances.

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