ROAR / Brilliant Alarm / 14
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF
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.