Release Program

Formations Dance Company presents

Release

Directors Nell Goza and Whitney Renfroe

link to directors’ and dancers’ bios here

Act 1

Natural Occurrences

Choreography: Nell Goza

Music: Clear Language-Balmorhea, Last Day…-Shallou

Dancers: Patricia Colón, Elsa Cooper, Erin McMahon, Cora Schimke, Kelsey Taylor, Nicholas Thacker, & Emily Tincher

Three

Choreography: Whitney Renfroe

Music: Veiled Grey- Christian Loffler

Dancers: Elsa Cooper, Kelsey Taylor, Patricia Colón (matinee), Erin McMahon (evening)

Golden Hour

Choreography: Whitney Renfroe

Music: Golden Hour- Matthew Pinder

Dancers: Whitney Renfroe & Cora Schimke

Yesterday (For Hiram)

Choreography: Nell Goza

Music: God Only Knows- Michael Bublė

Dancers: Patricia Colón & Nicholas Thacker

Vocalist

Rebecca Eggalnd (matinee)

Original Material

Shannon Brasnovan (evening)

“Giving Up,” Ingrid Michaelson

Dawning

Choreography: Whitney Renfroe

Music: All the Way Round- Kelpe

Dancers: Patricia Colón, Erin McMahon, Megan Steirer, Emily Tincher, Kelsey Taylor (matinee), Elsa Cooper (evening)

The Becoming (Part I)

Choreography: Nell Goza

Music: Them- Nils Frahm

Dancers: Cora Schimke & Nicholas Thacker

—Intermission—

Act 2

A note from the choreographer:

Recently it feels to me like we are all experiencing a collective shift. The pain from so many things that have landed us in the middle of “historical times” is fresh. Sometimes it seems like the new normal is not to ask how someone is doing, but rather how they are coping. But what if this very honest and authentic approach has sparked a new collective experience? Through our community and connections to one another, it seems like we are turning the page towards collective healing.

However, many of us are still feeling a bit fragile. In the midst of it all, everyone is going through their own unique and individual journey. We are uncovering our own pain, fear, and uncertainties. In this vulnerable state, coping with a new or newly uncovered trauma can feel debilitating. It can erase our ability to keep up, play along, and “do life.”  While we as a society want to know people, learn their stories, and lift each other up- sometimes another person’s pain is more than we can take on. There’s simply not enough space for it. People dealing with real traumas seem to get in the way, and often get left behind.

This piece, Aftermath, is near and dear to my heart, as I do truly believe that the road to healing is through the body.  We learn to control our breath, then we practice controlling our movement. Eventually, we build the physical strength to stand up tall again. Then, maybe we can reach out our hand towards someone else and teach them to do the same.

Aftermath

Choreography by Whitney Renfroe

Composers: Joep Beving, Julien Marchal, Ceeys, Philip Glass, and Lisa Moore

  1. Nicholas Thacker & Emily Tincher with Elsa Cooper, Megan Steirer, Kelsey Taylor, and Erin McMahon (matinee), Patricia Colón (evening)
  2. Emily Tincher with Elsa Cooper, Megan Steirer, Kelsey Taylor, and Erin McMahon (matinee), Patricia Colón (evening)
  3. Nicholas Thacker with Elsa Cooper, Megan Steirer, Kelsey Taylor, and Erin McMahon (matinee), Patricia Colón (evening)
  4. Nicholas Thacker & Emily Tincher with Elsa Cooper, Megan Steirer, Kelsey Taylor, and Erin McMahon (matinee), Patricia Colón (evening)
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