Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I went to a Dawn Branch Works dance rehearsal for "Journey". The show is describe as a walk through faith. One section of new choreography was being worked out. Dawn sat leaning against the mirrored wall. Dancers gathered as a group and then one was asked to volunteer to fall backwards. When the dancers stood became their spot in the new gelled scene. Cindy Michelle Heen was the dancer who offered the most support when the dancer fell back. This move was rehearsed many times giving me a chance to capture every dancers gesture while studying the staging as a whole. I'm amazed by the trust and faith the dancers have in each other. It was fascinating to watch as chance encounters fell into place as the final choreography. Dancers and the choreographer added their creative input. Another dance felt like laborers working in the field who dreamed of freedom expressed in dance.
Dawn Branch Works was formed after The Center for Contemporary dance brought choreographer Dawn Branch together with local professional dancers for a project for the 2012 Olympics. The experience of dancing together was so rewarding that the group decided to work together after the project's conclusion and form a professional company. "A creative bond was formed among the artists," says Branch, "Sometimes things just fall into place, and this was one of those divine moments." Inaugural member Lindsey Salfran agrees: "Collaboration between the dancers of DBW and Dawn Branch is an exciting experience. We are constantly pushed beyond our perceived imitations--you dance in ways you never thought you could dance before, and you feel the difference at every rehearsal."
I was sad to find out that "Journey" the show has been postponed . The new dates will be in the spring to summer season. Previously purchased tickets to the January show will be honored at the upcoming dates.