Nancy Evans Dance Theatre - SoCal

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Company Biography
Nancy Evans Dance Theatre is a modern-based company that was established in September of 2009 in Pasadena, California, under the Artistic Direction of Nancy Evans Doede, and had its inaugural performances in June of 2010 in evenings of original choreography entitled WORKS 2010: A DANCE COLLABORATIVE, in association with Paradigm Dance Theatre.

The success of the first season of performances led to a 2010-2011 season that included performances at the 4th Annual Pasadena Dance Festival, “Standing On The Edge”, “Concordance”, as producer of and performers in “Friends/Family”, and WORKS 2011: A DANCE COLLABORATIVE, our second concert series in conjunction with Paradigm Dance Theatre.

In just over a year, NEDT established a repertory of 8 new works, including “SHIFT”, a half-evening piece with original score composed by percussionist Blake Colie.

Our production of “Friends/Family” featured the works of company members and guest choreographers, as well as the works of other companies in our dance community, including Kin Dance, Paradigm Dance Theatre, Robert Salas’ Moorpark Touring Ensemble, and local choreographers Donna Cicchesi and Mallory Russo. This concert was conceived to bring together diverse work from Los Angeles based choreographers and companies and foster visibility and appreciation for dance.

In the summer of 2011, we performed in Gabriela Dance Theatre’s festival “Imagine”, the 5th Annual MixMatch festival and in the TriArt Festival in September. In October. we performed as part of Art Night Pasadena at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Pasadena. Our first FUNdraiser was a bowling party in September, 2011, in conjunction with Outpost Theatre Ensemble. We all had a great time, performed, literally, in a bowling alley and had a chance to personally thank our supporters.

We performed in April of 2012 at the 5th Annual Pasadena Dance Festival’s Choreographer’s Showcase, and were guests at Moorpark College’s “Motion Flux” concerts at the end of April. Our production of WORKS 2012: An Evening with Nancy Evans Dance Theatre, marked our debut as the resident dance company at the new Porticos Art Space in Pasadena. Our Gala opening night was an all-NEDT program of choreography, and we had a Silent Auction as part of this fundraiser. The remaining three performances brought the talents of Lineage Dance, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Frit and Frat’s LA-based KIN Dance Company and Robert Salas’ Movement Theatre CoLab as guests on our programs. We sponsored a Q&A after one performance, which was a great success.

We sponsored a festival in our new space in November of 2012, "Friends/Family/Dance/Festival 2012", hosting companies that came from our local Pasadena area, as well as from Long Beach, Orange County, Moorpark and Los Angeles. We were happy to have reached out to the arts community beyond our local borders, and to mutually support the work of other small companies in Southern California.

Currently, we are planning new choreography for our June concert series, which will also include two invited companies over two weekends.


Artist Statement
Our mission statement is "...to create community with the language of dance; to use it to search for common threads between people; to engage our souls and experience art as a living thing. For without art, we are incomplete."

We are committed to reaching out to the general community, but also to creating an inner web of community between small dance companies that share the challenges of producing quality work on limited budgets. We believe that there is room for all of us in the artistic landscape, and feel that when we collaborate to expand our outreach, we all benefit.

Artist Statement
Our mission statement is "...to create community with the language of dance; to use it to search for common threads between people; to engage our souls and experience art as a living thing. For without art, we are incomplete."

We are committed to reaching out to the general community, but also to creating an inner web of community between small dance companies that share the challenges of producing quality work on limited budgets. We believe that there is room for all of us in the artistic landscape, and feel that when we collaborate to expand our outreach, we all benefit.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Further outreach into a new landscape, and continuing to expand the web of artistic tendrils beyond our borders.

Have you participated in Festivals before? If so, what worked and what didn't work for you? What would you like to see more or less of?
I have participated many times in festivals. When those experiences have worked, it was because the participating companies had a chance to get to know one another a bit, and view one anothers' work. This gave me a sense of connection, which is more important to me that simply performing. However, my experience with most festivals is that there is a feeling of disconnect -- quick tech, no time to interface, performing in a box, and then leaving. In order to truly appreciate the work of another, I feel one has to experience it. Participation by all in a dress rehearsal helps that a lot, in addition to the timetable for tech, which is understandable. I think it is important to foster true community and not just a self-serving opportunity to be seen. This is a really good question. Thank you for asking it.

Artistic Director, Nancy Evans Dance Theatre 
Nancy has been involved in dance and theatre for over 30 years. She studied and danced for modern dance pioneer, Hanya Holm, danced with and choreographed for the Nancy Hauser Dance Company, was an original member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, an assistant director at the Taper, Too, and a directing intern at the Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival. She was a producer of the Grammy nominated Children of the World Project, Managing Director, producer, director and actress with the Actors’ Company, founding member of Outpost Theatre Ensemble, has been a guest teacher at the Pasadena Dance Festival since its inception, and was a guest festival teacher at the National High School Dance Festival. Nancy has been commissioned as both a teacher and choreographer by various studios and companies nationally and internationally. Nancy Evans Dance Theatre was launched in 2010, and since its inception, has consistently performed throughout Southern California, both as a guest and a producer. Guest performances have included the Pasadena Dance Festival, Motion Flux, TriArt Festival, MixMatch Festival, Concordance, Emerging Choreographers Festival, and Art Night Pasadena. In a true Guild fashion, members of the company are encouraged beyond performing to choreograph and teach, and also to participate in many aspects of production, marketing and publicity. As a result, NEDT is an artistic family."
 
 Artist Biography - Jenn Logan
Jenn began formal dance training in Houston at Discovery Dance Group. She has worked with Eryn Schon, Rebecca Levy, André Megerdichian, Janet Roston, Frit & Frat Fuller, Nancy Evans Doede and NEDT company members. She is a founding member and Executive Director of Nancy Evans Dance Theatre. When not dancing, Jenn runs an award-winning graphic design studio, Studio Fuse, Inc., working with nonprofits, arts and cultural organizations.

Description of the work these artists will bring to the Festival
Le Gemelle: The Twins - choreography by Nancy Evans
This is a new piece, not yet complete. It is a female duet based on the connection as well as the individuality that twins experience -- an inner knowing of one another, conflict at wanting to be separate and individual, and a coming to terms with the relationship they did not choose.
 
Coupling, Cycles 1-3 - choreography by Jenn Logan
Choreographed in part as a response to why she and partner James waited 13 years to get married, Coupling explores the the constant shift between independence and interdependence that intimacy creates.


 
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