Open Company Rehearsal
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Open Company Rehearsal

Join us in the studio for an inside look into the creation process of “Circadian”! Learn more about both Dogtown and KARAR from the Directors, get to know the dancers, watch rehearsal, and ask us questions. We are thrilled to make this a FREE opportunity for you to attend. All are invited!

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Open Company Rehearsal
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Open Company Rehearsal

Join us in the studio for an inside look into the creation process of “Circadian”! Learn more about both Dogtown and KARAR from the Directors, get to know the dancers, watch rehearsal, and ask us questions. We are thrilled to make this a FREE opportunity for you to attend. All are invited!

Event image by Gianna Grace Photography.

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"Circadian" | Dogtown Presenter's Series
Oct
18
to Oct 26

"Circadian" | Dogtown Presenter's Series

“This fall, Dogtown Dance Theatre is excited to present a stunning collaborative dance work created by local Richmond choreographer Kara Robertson of KARAR DANCE COMPANY. Dogtown Presenter’s Series is a two-week spotlight performance series that highlights the independent artists and organizations in Richmond, VA.Kara Robertson will premiere a new evening length work "Circadian" with her Richmond-based modern dance company KARAR DANCE COMPANY. "Circadian" draws inspiration from Fan Ho’s architectural photographs of 1950’s and 1960’s Hong Kong, titled Hong Kong Yesterday. Featuring scenic design by Christina Delli Santi and Joshua Bennett of Crux Scenica and original musical composition by Ryan Davis.”

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Master Class with Guest Artist Aria Roach
Aug
17
12:00 PM12:00

Master Class with Guest Artist Aria Roach

$10, cash or check (made payable to KARAR DANCE COMPANY)
Open to intermediate/advanced dancers age 14 & up

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In this modern dance class we will explore the intertwining of technique and creative exploration, line and breath, architecture and emotion. We will begin with traditional warm-up consisting of pliés, tendus, spinal curves, etc. interwoven with imagery to drive our movement from the inside out. Exercises will emphasize alignment and integration of the mind and body while we investigate weight, suspension, energy flow and momentum, undulations, easing in and out of the floor, and rhythmic clarity as inspired by the breath. We will use focus and intention to shape our movement as we transition into across-the-floor exercises and complex choreographic phrase work. How can the body’s natural impulses and sensations drive dynamic movement that pushes past mental barriers to reach both physical and emotional extremes? We will explore how simultaneous energies of sinking, falling, oozing, reaching, tearing, and flying allow us to consume the space vigorously with anatomical sentience, athleticism, and artistry.

Raised in Vermont, Aria Roach graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with her BFA in Dance and Choreography. As an undergraduate she spent a semester at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel and received a 2015 Dean’s International Study Grant to travel to Vienna, Austria. During her time at VCUarts, Aria appeared in works by Martha Curtis, Autumn Waddell, and several student works including Kara Robertson’s Amid, presented at American College Dance Association’s National Festival at the Kennedy Center. Aria has since had the pleasure of performing work by Eva Dean (Eva Dean Dance), Erin Carlisle Norton (The Moving Architects), Nicoletta Serio, Zoe Walders, Alison Manning & Jesse Keller (DanceTheYard), and Bethany Logan (Wild She Dances), and has presented her choreography at Built on Stilts Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and Iona College. Aria’s administrative experience includes roles as Artist Services Intern at The Yard, Operations Coordinator at Mark Morris Dance Group, and her current position as Company Manager for Caleb Teicher & Company. She is a Coach and Teaching Artist with Dancewave, and a Company Dancer with Eva Dean Dance and The Moving Architects. @ariaroach

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Master Class with Guest Artist Taylor Raley
Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

Master Class with Guest Artist Taylor Raley

"Pulling from experience as a contemporary explorer and adventurous mover the shape of my class falls into a quirky yet designed and fluid dimension. This class offers phrase work generated by the curiosity of physical imagery and improvisation. With a goal to create movement as a real life experience this is achieved through a combination of contemporary techniques and modern values."

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$10 cash or check, made payable to KARAR DANCE COMPANY. Open to intermediate/advanced dancers age 14 & up!


Taylor Raley is a native of Wilmington, NC where she began her dance training and pursuing a career in the Dance field. From there she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While attending VCU she had the privilege of performing choreography by accredited staff and colleagues whilst also participating in a Pedagogy Internship under the guidance of Courtney Harris and Village Dance Companies director Melissa Gravely. Taylor also traveled abroad to Doha, Qatar under faculty member Melanie Richards and participated in the VCU- Qatar Taseem conference. Since graduation, Taylor relocated to Chicago and has interned with Thodos Dance Chicago, performed as a company member with Cocodaco Dance Company, J. Lindsay Brown Dance, and Peckish Rhodes Performing Arts Society. As a free lance performer she has also been featured in several pop up performances for dance festivals and performance showcases including THAW, Dance Chance at Lou Conte, Going Dutch, Delve, and many others. Taylor has been operating as Communications and Assistant Artistic Director at Intrigue Dance and Performing Arts Center for the past 3 years, a teaching artist for The Joffrey Ballet, and has also traveled giving master classes and setting choreography for studios and contemporary companies.

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Guest Artist Master Class with Olana Flynn
Jun
29
12:00 PM12:00

Guest Artist Master Class with Olana Flynn

Class Description: “Drawing from my experiences as an independent artist working at the intersections of contemporary dance and somatic practices this class explores the ways that somatic practices can be applied to contemporary dance techniques. Working with improvisation, hands on partner work, and phrase material we engage collectively in taking up space.”

$15 and open to ages 14 and up. Cash and checks accepted at the door. Make checks payable to KARAR DANCE COMPANY. SIGN UP! RSVP to our Facebook event!

Olana’s Bio: Olana Z Flynn is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from New York. She holds a BA from Hampshire College where she studied dance, choreography, and radical social movements, and an Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside. She is a founding member of LOCULUS a dance and performance collective currently based in Northampton, MA. Olana’s work sits at the intersections of contemporary modern dance, photography, and theoretical praxis. Her work draws on her experiences working as a choreographer and dance teacher as well as in dance production and grassroots political organizing. In her work she seeks to complicate notions of time by creating dynamic relationships between the human and non-human (sound, light, object, memory, theory) — the seen and unseen. She has had the privilege of studying and performing with artists such as Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Luis Lara Malvacias, Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent, taisha paggett, and Ni’Ja Whitson. Her work has been performed in New York, Philadelphia, Riverside, and throughout New England. As an educator Olana has taught at Springfield College, the University of California Riverside, and as a guest artist at a number of high schools, studios, and festivals. www.olanaflynn.com, instagram: @olanazflynn

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Master Class with Kara Robertson
Jun
15
12:00 PM12:00

Master Class with Kara Robertson

Artistic Director, Kara Robertson will teach a Modern dance Floorwork Master Class!

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Open to age 14 & up. $10 and FREE to all student currently majoring in dance at a 4-year college or university program. Bring your class schedules. Cash or checks accepted at the door. Checks may be made payable to KARAR DANCE COMPANY. No debit/credit cards will be accepted.

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OPEN COMPANY CLASS
Mar
30
12:30 PM12:30

OPEN COMPANY CLASS

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Modern/Contemporary technique taught by Associate Artistic Director, Corin Illsley-Gonzalez.

$10 Class Fee payable by cash or check AT THE DOOR. Please make checks out to Kara Robertson.

Open to Age 15 & up. Students under 18 must have a parent signature. Check your email for a waiver. Waiver must be submitted to us at karardancecompany@gmail.com prior to class. No exceptions.

Those age 18 and over may submit waivers at the door.

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Open Company Class
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Open Company Class

Join KDC for OPEN COMPANY CLASS!

Modern/Contemporary technique taught by Artistic Director, Kara Robertson.

$10 Class Fee payable by cash or check AT THE DOOR. Please make checks out to Kara Robertson.

Open to Age 15 & up. Students under 18 must have a parent signature. Check your email for a waiver. Waiver must be submitted to us at karardancecompany@gmail.com prior to class. No exceptions.

Those age 18 and over may submit waivers at the door.

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OPEN COMPANY CLASS
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

OPEN COMPANY CLASS

Join KDC for OPEN COMPANY CLASS!

Modern/Contemporary technique. Instructor information TBA!

$10 Class Fee payable by cash or check AT THE DOOR. Please make checks out to Kara Robertson.

Open to Age 15 & up. Students under 18 must have a parent signature. Check your email for a waiver. Waiver must be submitted to us at karardancecompany@gmail.com prior to class. No exceptions.

Those age 18 and over may submit waivers at the door.

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OPEN COMPANY CLASS
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

OPEN COMPANY CLASS

Join KDC for OPEN COMPANY CLASS!

Modern/Contemporary technique. Instructor information TBA!

$10 Class Fee payable by cash or check AT THE DOOR. Please make checks out to Kara Robertson.

Open to Age 15 & up. Students under 18 must have a parent signature. Check your email for a waiver. Waiver must be submitted to us at karardancecompany@gmail.com prior to class. No exceptions.

Those age 18 and over may submit waivers at the door.

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OPEN COMPANY CLASS
Jan
26
12:00 PM12:00

OPEN COMPANY CLASS

Join KDC for OPEN COMPANY CLASS!

Modern/Contemporary technique taught by Artistic Director, Kara Robertson.

$10 Class Fee payable by cash or check. Please make checks out to Kara Robertson.

Open to Age 15 & up. Students under 18 must have a parent signature. Check your email for a waiver. Waiver must be submitted to us at karardancecompany@gmail.com prior to class. No exceptions.

Those age 18 and over may submit waivers at the door.

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"Amid" at the American Dance Guild Festival "Visions Then and Now"
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

"Amid" at the American Dance Guild Festival "Visions Then and Now"

Kara Robertson's Amid complements the musical score of Nico Muhly as four dancers explore the character traits and emotions associated with introverts in an ever-changing world.  The quartet exhibits both strength and fragility as they investigate their immersive environment, discovering moments of both breath and unrest.

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KARAR DANCE COMPANY presents "Across Disciplines"
Oct
5
to Oct 6

KARAR DANCE COMPANY presents "Across Disciplines"

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KARAR DANCE COMPANY presents their second production Across Disciplines: celebrating Richmond artists through collaborative dance performance.  Performances include partnerships with; musician Ryan Davis, visual artist Katy Pumphrey, dance filmmaker Callie Moore, and young dancers from local dance studios.  Across Disciplines promotes and builds community by connecting artists with audience members to share in conversation.  KARAR DANCE COMPANY’s mission is to provide the community with access to bold and powerful, professional dance performance and education.       

Affected is set to an original score by local musician, Ryan Davis. Davis’ music developed alongside the choreography celebrating the partnership of dance and music.  This piece is inspired by forgiveness. Our human nature assumes forgiveness to be an emotion given to someone else but we often fail to give forgiveness to ourselves.  What does the process of self-forgiveness look and feel like? This duet navigates the journey and process of forgiving one’s self.

Hive consists of a cast made up entirely of youth dancers from local Richmond dance studios.  By working with young artists KARAR DANCE COMPANY provides talented and aspiring dancers the opportunity to perform alongside a professional dance company and for them to gain more knowledge regarding the rehearsal and performance processes.

KARAR DANCE COMPANY is proud to present Across Disciplines as a part of ArtoberVA!

$12 adults & $8 student tickets may be purchase via tututix.

Please consider donating to our campaign!  We are raising $3,000 to compensate dancers, collaborators, and technical crew.

 

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May
11
to May 12

5th Annual Richmond Dance Festival

Photography by Sarah Ferguson

Photography by Sarah Ferguson

We are excited to present Amid at The 5th Annual Richmond Dance Festival. Choreographed in 2015, Amid showcases powerful, high energy movement that complements the musical score of Nico Muhly, performed by eighth blackbird.  The work highlights the character traits of introverts in a stressed and deafening environment.


The 5th Annual Richmond Dance Festival
May 11 and 12 at 7:00 PM
Dogtown Dance Theatre
109 W. 15th Street
Richmond, VA 23224

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