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PUSH Dance Company and Bayview Opera House present the world premiere of The Motley Experiment by Raissa Simpson March 27-29 at Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. The evening-length, multimedia dance work inspired by Jazz-age Modernist and Harlem Renaissance figure Archibald Motley features original music composed and performed live by Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids.
What is it like to work with Raissa Simpson?
This season with PUSH Dance Company will be my fifth year working with Raissa. With her choreography, she sets a vision that is laid out clear and to the point. Her use of many choreographic techniques to generate and develop movement materials allows her dancers autonomy while preparing her phases. Though her work possesses a modern dance vocabulary, she integrates a fusion of African-American movements toward her unique style. From an aspiring choreographer’s standpoint, such as myself, working with Raissa has been a pleasure to learn from. Her various unique styles as a dancer has been quite a remarkable challenge, pushing me to strive and mature as a performer.
How do you interpret music onstage?
Music interpretation brings out a unique quality amongst every dancer. Upon learning new dance routines, music notes begin to work its course in second nature in my mind, all while my memory consumes each movement. With each coming rehearsal, the better I am able to listen to the music in depth. Syncing the movements to the music with each practice until the time of performance on stage, allows me the preparation I need to better synthesize the movement and music simultaneously as one while focusing on the performance.
What do you love most about dancing at the Bayview Opera House?
It is my great honor to be given the opportunity to rehearse and perform at the Bayview Opera House, which is San Francisco’s oldest theater and a registered historic landmark. I have been in multiple studios around San Francisco rehearsing for various shows in the past, and for everyone who knows the city, space matters and most all of them have been small. I am thrilled to dance at the Opera House because it is quite spacious allowing us dancers to move freely at large.
What can Audiences look forward to seeing in The Motley Experiment?
For audiences who take an interest and love for dance, live music, jazz and the 20’s vibe, The Motley Experiment, is the dance concert you wouldn’t want to miss out on. The Motley Experiment is Raissa Simpson’s latest work exploring Archibald Motley, a painter from the jazz-age. The new production will have live music performed by Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids.
PUSH Dance Company and Bayview Opera House present the world premiere of The Motley Experiment by Raissa Simpson on Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 at 2pm at Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. The evening-length, multimedia dance work inspired by Jazz-age Modernist and Harlem Renaissance figure Archibald Motley features original music composed and performed live by Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids.
Get Tickets at https://tinyurl.com/MotleyEx
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