Scott Marlowe, Associate Director of LEVYdance
, agreed to answer some questions about their upcoming performance in Celebrate Dance 2014.Robert Abrams:
Please describe the performance you will present at Celebrate Dance 2014.Scott Marlowe:
LEVYdance will be presenting the trio Holding Pattern
, originally choreographed in 2004. The piece centers around the theme of habitual patterns, particularly asking the question "why do we keep doing things we know are not in our best interest?" We were interested in exploring the unconscious spaces we fell into when habit and programing kicks in. Holding Pattern
is woven with the dancers' personal narratives- the loops that keep us from going where we know we are meant to be. Rather than simply re-staging a repertory work on our current dancers, we engaged in a creative process to "re-imagine" Holding Pattern
newly. The piece has been completely deconstructed and re-choreographed in a collaborative process with the dancers so that it is infused with their personal voices while retaining the original essence of the work.RA:
What is your role in the show?SM:
I have directed the rehearsal process to re-imagine Holding Pattern
and will be performing my original role in the piece.RA:
What makes your dance company a top-notch dance company?SM:
LEVYdance is not only world-class dance company, but an artistic hub in the San Francisco Bay Area. For almost seven years LEVYdance has been hosting the quarterly performing arts showcase, The Salon. Artists of varying disciplines (dance, music, theater, burlesque, poetry, and everything in between) are given ten hours of free rehearsal space in our SOMA studio, LEVYstudio, to play, take risks, explore and collaborate. Each artist or group then shares five minutes of new work with an enthusiastic audience at The Salon.
LEVYdance also recently created a new residency program called AMP (Artists Maximizing Potential). The program seeks to build an innovative alternative to the single choreographer dance company model that holds on to the individual identity of the artists involved, but shares resources to include a more comprehensive approach to creation. AMP invites a choreographer and his or her dancers to San Francisco to join LEVYdance in a six week residency at LEVYstudio. Our inaugural AMP artist was New York choreopgrapher Sidra Bell who joined LEVYdance in the creation of new works in the fall of 2012.
Photo © & courtesy of David DeSilva
Holding Pattern taken at LEVYdance's 10th Anniversary Spring Season at Home performed on custom built stages and catwalks in the street in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood.
Courtesy of LEVYdance.
Photo © & courtesy of Natalia Perez