American Dance Platform 2017
ADP CURATOR: Alicia Adams
Work Performed: Double Exposure
About the Company
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 artistic direction of Ryan T. Smith, Wendy Rein, and Katerina Wong, the company’s nuanced, charged dances pose questions ranging from the broadly social to the intimately personal. San Francisco Chronicle described the company as ”witty, whip-smart, and beautiful to watch.” Critical Dance called RAWdance a “rare treasure” that “combines choreographic excellence, innovative structures, groundbreaking concepts and impeccable performances.” Founded in San Francisco in 2004 by Smith and Rein, the company grew to include Wong as a third Artistic Director in 2019, while also expanding to two locations — New York’s Hudson Valley as well as its home base in San Francisco.
RAWdance was named “Best Dance Company” by 48 Hills and the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s "Best of the Bay" in both 2019 and 2020. The company has been presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Joyce Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the ’62 Center for the Arts, Dance St. Louis, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, and others. Past residencies include the National Center for Choreography in Akron, Marble House Project, Ucross, Djerassi, Zaccho Dance Theatre, and CounterPulse. RAWdance has been a Home Company of ODC Theater since 2015. The company also presents work in nontraditional venues, bringing dance directly into the public sphere to increase access to the art. The company has performed in art galleries, parks, civic spaces, restaurants, libraries, and malls. RAWdance has been commissioned by schools such as Brown University, Webster University, Williams College, and Marin School of the Arts and companies such as MADCO and Ziru Dance. The Co-Artistic Directors have taught workshops at ODC School, LINES Dance Center, the University of Akron, YBCA, Lick-Wilmerding High School, and more.
Furthering efforts to inspire dialogue and engage the community, RAWdance has presented well over 125 Bay Area artists through its biannual CONCEPT series, an informal and intimate salon of contemporary dance. RAWdance also serves as curator for the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s annual ChoreoFest.
RAWdance, in partnership with ODC Theater, will premiere The Healer, a holistic online dance experience crafted by Co-Artistic Director Katerina Wong, on January 29-30. Further into 2021, Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, RAWdance's other Co-Artistic Directors, will continue the development of Shadow, a deep dive into our murky, expanding digital footprints, and what it might mean for the future as each click, search, and download creates an alternate identity that is bought and sold. The company will also present its second digital CONCEPT series salon on March 26, sharing its own dance for camera, alongside five guest artists, in an intimate and informal virtual gathering.
The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.
Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.