RED ROVER, RED ROVER
Dance Alloy Studios, Pittsburgh, PA
Red Rover, Red Rover was presented as a part of Shana Simmons Dance's Fall 2015 project entitled Objective I. It was inspired by Judith Mackrell's article, "Do choreographers need editors?" published in The Guardian (2014). Objective I is the result of an experimental creative process where Shana Simmons and, fellow choreographer from The Moving Architects (NYC) Erin Carlisle Norton, created and edited their own work--and each other's.
The critical stage of showing both original and edited versions of each choreographer's work was revealed to a live audience on November 21, 2015 at the Gibney Dance Center in New York City. The audience was asked one simple open ended question: "Of the versions shown, which two should be presented in Pittsburgh?" From there, a post show conversation was moderated by Boston based art maker and Dance Entrepreneur Think Tank Founder, Kathleen Nasti (www.katnasti.com).
What you see now is the final program as selected in NYC. The audience chose both edited works to be preferred over the artists' original versions. Red Rover, Red Rover was inspired by concepts of placement and displacement and has manifested in an exploration of personal and physical boundaries.
This project was made possible by the Heinz Small Arts Initiative and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre
Choreography: Shana Simmons, in collaboration with the dancers
Edited by: Erin Carlisle Norton
Music: Closure #2, original composition PJ Roduta, John Lambert (Violin)
Dancers: Jessica Marino, Brady Sanders, Shana Simmons
Costumes: Jamie Erin Murphy
Photos: Mark Simpson