July 11th, 2012
Written by: Brandon Cournay
3 cities. 2 world premieres. 1 forest fire…
June 2012 is one that that will go down in the record books for KEIGIWN + COMPANY.
Our adventurous month began here in New York City where we performed seven shows at the Joyce Theater for full and enthusiastic audiences. Performing in New York is always such a thrill for us; we feed off of the energy from our hometown audience that is filled with friends, fans, and family. We also enjoyed engaging new fans and first-timers to a K+C show… some of which were spotted doing Megalopolis walks down 8th Avenue!
The eagerly anticipated K+C world premieres, Twelve Chairs and Contact Sport, were met with celebrated reviews and responses. We rounded out the program with the beautifully cyclical Trio, and audience favorite, Megalopolis.
It was a quick turnaround after our closing night at the Joyce. We went home, packed our bags, and reunited the next morning to travel to North Carolina for American Dance Festival. We enjoyed six sunny, summer days at ADF.
We unwound at the pool, took amazing classes, and made friends with dancers from Scottish Dance Theatre, who invited us to watch their rehearsal.
At ADF, we presented all four works from the Joyce program, as well as Natural Selection, which was commissioned by and premiered at ADF in 2004. Natural Selection is physical, raw, and hasn’t been performed since 2009. It was so fun remounting Natural Selection and watching it grow on the company.
After ADF, we headed off to our eagerly anticipated residency at Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. K+C was pumped for outdoor rehearsals, nature, and family style dinners. Unfortunately, our residency was cut short because of the Waldo Canyon Wildfire that ignited during our second day there.
Unpredictably, we were forced to evacuate, so K+C retreated to Vail to escape the danger. Although the K+C Colorado residency didn’t go exactly as we had planned, our spontaneous trip to Vail was an unbelievable adventure that was shared and cherished by dear friends. We were treated with wonderful care, enjoyed the scenery of the Rockies, went to the Vail International Music Festival, AND still had rehearsal!
We thank everyone in Green Mountain Falls and Vail for the hospitality and care provided for us. Devastatingly, many homes and lives have been lost in the Colorado wildfires and our sincere condolences go out to everyone affected.
K+C is grateful to be back home in NYC, safe and sound. We are back in rehearsals gearing up for our performances next week in Red Bank, New Jersey. Looking for a quick getaway from the city? Next Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th we will be performing K+C favorites as well the world premiere of Bolero Red Bank more than 50 community members. Come join us! For ticket and program info, click here.