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Jan 24 2019 — Jan 26 2019

Presented in association with YBCA


RAWdance’s 15th anniversary season delivers a suite of three works, unearthing and sifting through uncertain times past and present. The company plunges into the current tenuous and divided state of our nation through a trio of historical lenses, finding lessons in the past and flashes of hope for the future. The program features two world premieres. Roar, choreographed by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors, Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, peels away the glitz and glam of the jazz age to illuminate the brewing rifts and extreme economic disparity sweeping the country. The piece includes an original score by Bay Area composer Joel St. Julien.

The second world premiere, 14, delves into the complex history of the 14th amendment and the impact of the equal protection clause, which sits at the base of many of our current political battlegrounds. 14 features choreography by Katerina Wong, RAWdance’s new Associate Artistic Director. Rounding out the evening is Brilliant Alarm by Smith and Rein. Originally created for YBCA’s 2017 Transform Fest, Brilliant Alarm responds to recurring cycles of anti-intellectual rhetoric throughout modern history, and features an original score by Surabhi Saraf. The evening unfolds within the dramatic visual designs of Chad Owens (scenic) and Allen Willner (lighting). Combined, these three dances look to our past and present, deepening the context for today’s challenging political arena.

"RAWdance’s stunning dances are like drifting through a waking dream – everything is clear but maddeningly elusive."


Regular Admission: $40

Student: $25

Teacher: $32

Senior: $32

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RAWdance is an award-winning contemporary dance company known for transforming theaters and public spaces through a mix of performance, curation, and collaboration. Under the direction of Co-Founders Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the company’s nuanced, charged dances pose questions ranging from the broadly social to the intimately personal. SF Weekly dubbed the company’s work “edgy, sexy inventive fare designed to speak to audiences.” Critical Dance has described it as “experimental work done brilliantly.” And the SF Chronicle heralded the Artistic Directors’ “genuine partnership, one of the more thrilling in Bay Area dance.”

A resident company of ODC Theater, RAWdance has performed across the U.S. and in Asia, including the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, YBCA, ODC Theater, St. Louis’ Touhill Center for the Arts, the Williams 62’ Center, the Singapore Fringe, and more. The company has also presented works by over 100 local artists through its CONCEPT series salon.