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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.

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Voices from the Glade: Lauren Borchard

At Voices from the Glade, you'll dive in to the creative mind of Glade's choreographers and their recent pieces. Buy your tickets now!

This dance presented itself, almost fully formed, during the dark of night...
— Lauren Borchard

Notes from a Voices from the Glade choreographer 

Suite Violette/Sweet Violet grew out of different moments and observations from my journey into parenthood, but many of the insights apply to life in general:

  • Things can be hard to endure but they will end
  • Intense sweetness is fleeting and thus the more to be treasured 
  • Life is more physical than you expect
  • Speaking and listening are skills that take a lot of practice.

In the first year of my daughter's life, I was nursing at all hours, sleep-deprived, and deeply enamored with her. The first sections of this dance presented themselves, almost fully formed, during those dark-of-night sessions in the rocker and early-morning awakenings-by-baby-kicks.

Developing the work

Some of the material is based on the last class combination I taught while pregnant. Later sections grew out of the physical experiences my husband and I had as parents, including playtime, sneaking out of the room after convincing her to sleep, watching her experiment with movement, and listening to her acquire speech and language.

Different parts of this work came to be in different ways. Sometimes I told the dancers exactly what to do and how to do it. Other times, I came in with a list of ideas or inspirations and worked with the dancers to assemble a phrase. Dancers also created their own versions of phrases or combinations of phrases. One chapter is an improvisation. The last chapter is built entirely from movement created by dancers based on prompts I brought to rehearsal.

One chapter of Suite Violette/Sweet Violet was originally performed in 2014. Photos by Maggie Picard.

Music collaboration

The chapter on language and communication, "Speak," has been fascinating to work with because each time it has been performed, it's had a different cast, different number of dancers, and changes in the music and staging. For these performances, we'll be collaborating with rogue collective, who will improvise music and define the stage space for the dancers. I'm so excited to see how this version of the piece will highlight different motifs and themes!

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!

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