The Memory of We + On Blurred Edges

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Jun 10, 2023
Saturday, June 10, 7.30 pm

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The Memory of We

Rachelle Anaïs Scott

“I want to create a choreographic plot around the beauty and the lucidity of Memory. I want to be able to play with how memory can be affected and felt in the body. Most importantly, I want the viewer to be able to see memories through different lenses, and to find the sensitivity, the emotions and the nuances that run parallel to our own personal stories”. (Rachelle Anaïs Scott)

A trio based on a storyline that reflects a variety of diverse emotions and human complexities, playing with the passing of time and showcasing a series of personal stories in fragments and vignettes of specific memories. Through the form of motion and dance, the audience can see these memories played out through the lens of each character. However, what is fascinating about memory is that it can be easily skewed. It can be something that is distorted from actual reality, for it is always based on perspective, and with time, all memory is eventually warped. And it is this window of opportunity, where we tend to rewrite our story. With three dancers on the stage, Rachelle wants to be able to show how time can be fast forwarded, warped, rewound, and retold. And with a clear, theatrical and visceral choreographic exploration, she wants to play with memory and time, and its pull on humanity’s hopefulness.

Dancers Madoka Kariya, Noa Van Tichel , Angela Demattè

Rehearsal director Franck Laizet

Choreographer Rachelle Anaïs Scott

Rachelle Anaïs Scott is a French/American contemporary choreographer and performing artist from New York City and currently resides in Basel, Switzerland. Alongside her professional dance career, Rachelle’s choreographic works have been performed by Cedar Lake, Nürnberg Ballet, Theater Basel and she has created a series of freelance productions and dance films. Her work has been selected for Award Winner in Dare 2 Dance Film Festival, awarded Finalist in SzólóDuó Festival Dance, Finalist Film Selection in Ork Kota Dance Film Festival and Official Selection for Dance Camera Istanbul. She has also worked with renown artist from L’Opéra de Paris in collaboration for the international dance collection Room to Room, and two of her current pieces can be seen in Blois Danse Festival 2022 in France. Rachelle’s newest creation is a collaboration with Kunstmuseum Basel and the Picasso / El Greco exhibition premiered in September 2022.

Rachelle received her dance training from The Alvin Ailey School and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & the Performing Arts. At the end of her high school studies, she received the YoungARTS/New York Regional Award in Dance and the Eiger Scholarship Award. Rachelle went on to attend The Juilliard School, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduating from Juilliard, Rachelle became a member of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City, a soloist dancer with Nürnberg Ballett Staatstheater in Germany, and is a current member of Theater Basel in Switzerland. Throughout her dance career, she has danced works by Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal, Alexander Ekman, Richard Wherlock, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Sidi Larbi, Andonis Foniadakis, Goyo Montero, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, among others. For her achievements in Dance and the Performing Art, Rachelle is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award from the United States and Bavarian Arts Prize from Germany.

On Blurred Edges

Ethan Colangelo

“As a creator and as a human I have found that the recent approach to conflicting ideologies has been one of polarization. On blurred edges researches the thought and possibility of how multiple ideas, beliefs and pure human emotions can exist simultaneously in the same space”. (Ethan Colangelo)

On blurred edges is the continuation of a choreographic idea that began during a residency at the 2022 Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. This work in progress started as a duet between current Ballet BC dancers Rae Srivastava and Sarah Pippin. Now the work continues with four to five artists to find a range of interactions and physicality beyond that of two individuals. The work dives into the idea of nuance inside difficult conversations surrounding the self, society, and relationships/love. In his work, Nathan will use references from A Little Life (the novel by Hanya Yanagihara) and Tar (the movie by Todd Field) as jumping off points and further inspiration, as they highly relate to the thematic ideas at hand. His goal is to research ways in which conflicting ideas and human interactions can be represented in a nuanced manner onstage. A challenge to express the idea of how as humans we can hold on to the integrity of our beliefs whilst also being surrounded with opposing ideologies coexisting.

Dancers Toon Lobach, Joey Gertin, Kelis Robinson, Marisa Christogeorge, Ethan Colangelo

Artistic assistant Carmela Eliana Stragapede

Choreographer Ethan Colangelo

Ethan Colangelo was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where he began his initial training at Canada’s National Ballet School and Elite Danceworx. He is now an alumni of the Juilliard School where he received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreographic Promise. He has performed repertoire by Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Jose Limon, Mark Morris and has been in new creations by Roy Assaf, Stephan Laks, Loni Landon, Miceala Taylor and Jasmine ElliIs, along with other creative artists. Colangelo has danced professionally for BODYTRAFFIC in Los Angeles where he toured with the company across America.

As a choreographer he has presented his work at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, Juilliard’s Choreographic Honours Showcases, APAP 2018, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Colangelo was also one of ten choreographers selected internationally for the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in 2018 and in 2021. During the competition in 2021, Colangelo’s work Recurrence was awarded the Audience Choice Award, the DAF Production Award and an invitation for a residency at Hessiches Staatsballett in Germany. Recently he has created work for the BODYTRAFFIC summer intensive, was selected as an Emerging Choreographer for Springboard Danse Montreal 2020, had a choreographic partnership with the 92Y in New York, created a new work for Arts Umbrella Dance Company in Vancouver, Canada and crafted a dance film consisting of 70 dancers from around the world. Furthermore he self-produced and choreographed an original work featuring former Ballet BC emerging artists Rae Srivastava and Stefanie Noll.