My take on Bold Moves
by Matthew Keefe, Artistic Director
We’re hard at work on our next production, Bold Moves, a repertory production of three new ballets, “Carnival of the Animals”, “Appalachian Spring”, and “Rite of Spring”. I have been listening to the music and planning the staging for over a year now. The dances are all very different in style and content so choreographing them at the same time is somewhat of a challenge. But I’m deep in the creative mode and it’s inspiring to watch it come together; the artist in me is very engaged these days.
Here’s a little peek into one of the new pieces on the program:
“Rite of Spring” is a collaboration with the hip hop company Fatally Unique. Yes that’s true – we’re putting hip hop dancers and ballet dancers together on the same stage! Alonzo Russell (aka Prince Alonzo) the Director and founder of Fatally Unique is also helping me choreograph the production. This is a unique take on the “Rite of Spring” ballet narrative. We’re setting it in a contemporary time period, and our costume designers are creating modified sleeveless suits.
My vision for “Rite of Spring” is a combination of the “Hunger Games”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and the Shirley Jackson short story “The Lottery”. It’s touches on diversity, cultural norms, and how societies change over time. It’s set in a stark urban landscape, perhaps it’s today, or the future. We’re doing something brand new, so there is no road map we’re following and each day in the studio reveals something new. I want this performance to have an impact on the audience, to stir a conversation. In this production we ask a lot of questions, but don’t necessarily provide answers. Many of the images we create evoke universal themes and the resolution of the ballet is powerful. Most of the dancers are high school age and I’m asking a lot from them, but they are all proving to be up to the task.
I’m also enjoying watching the interactions of the dancers. Seeing my dancers embrace some of the Fatally Unique hip hop style and conversely watching Alonzo’s dancers explore my balletic moves is very inspiring. As the ballet begins to gel, I’m seeing the power of what we have created together. I think this ballet will have people talking, as any good art should, and inspire a new era of original dance in “Real, Original Rockford”.
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We are still floating on air about a successful run of the Nutcracker. See the following review in the Rockford Register Star!
Nutcracker is right around the corner! Some characters may have specific hair needs, but here is a great video detailing how to make a ballet bun. If you have any questions on your dancer’s role please feel free to contact RDC at 815-936-3341.
This is a paper written and by Brittany Keefe for a final project with LEAP. This college program allows for individualized learning, specialized for working professional dancers. This paper is from Brittany’s senior project and outlines potential of psychological factors on incidence and onset of injury. The paper was written in tandem with an internship with the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in NYC. Enjoy!
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Don’t miss RDC’s new GYROKINESIS® class Mondays 9-10am. See the below Dance Magazine article to discover how it is taking the dance world by storm!
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You can dance all summer with Rockford Dance Company! “The place where dance happens in Rockford!”
In addition to our Contemporary Summer intensives (6/11-6/23), Ballet Boot Camp (8/13-8/17), Hip Hop workshop (7/9-7/27), and children’s dance camps, RDC will be offering open enrollment classes all summer long!
What is Open Enrollment and why?
In an effort to provide regular class offerings and flexibility for summer schedules, adults and students level 3 and up may purchase a class card and attend the following Open Enrollment (OE) classes
There are two types of class cards – A and B
Type A class cards are:
- 5 classes for $60
- 10 classes for $120
- 22 classes for $240 (2 free classes)
Type A class cards are good for the following classes:
- Int/Adv Ballet classes – 5:30-7pm on Mon-Fri
- Rotating faculty to be posted
- For dancers in Ballet 4, 5 and adults
- Level 3 dancers can take this class on Tues, Thurs, or Fri only.
- Beg/Int Ballet classes – 6-7:30pm on Mon/Wed
- For dancers in Ballet 3 and adults
- Intermediate Modern – 7-8:30pm Tues/Thurs
- For dancers in Modern 3, 4 and adults
- NEW! Gyrokinesis classes – 9:00-10am on Mon
- a great fitness class taught by certified instructor Brittany Keefe
- Ideal for anybody and everybody
Type B Class cards are
- 5 classes for $25
- 10 classes for $50
Type B class cards are good for the following classes:
- Zumba! – 5:30-6:30pm Tues/Wed/Thurs and 10:30-11:30am on Sat
- Adult Tap classes – 9:30-10:30am on Tues/Wed
- Adult Beginning Ballet – 8:30-9:30am on Thurs
Click below for our digital summer brochure. See you in class this summer.