Redd Legg Dance presents “The Final Frontier,” a dance show all about space November 6 and 7, 2009 at Broadway Performance Hall. Audience members will learn about many elements of space through engaging multimedia presentation intermixed with dance performance. In this hour-long performance, audiences will see six professional dance works and view video footage of spacewalks, simulated planetary orbits, and many inspiring images from our solar system and beyond. Dialogue accompanying these images will lecture on subjects ranging from the theory of gravity to the possibility of alien life. Subjects to be discussed include: the sun, the lifespan of stars, the history of constellations, gravity, space exploration, and the possibility of other life in the universe. Viewers will also have the opportunity to meet the dancers for a question and answer session after the performance.

All ages are welcome. Whether you are interested in learning about space or the arts, this captivating performance is sure to pique your interest.
This will be fun and memorable way to connect science with the arts while reinforcing classroom or home learning!

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Below you can find our post-show activity packet, descriptions of each piece to help you and your young viewer understand what the dances are about, and images from "The Final Frontier."

Post-performance Activity Packet
These activities are great for before or after the show. Younger viewers may need some help with the crossword puzzle and word scramble. Some outside study of space history may be needed. Use the discussion ideas as a jumping-off point for conversation about dance and space.


Dance Piece Descriptions
We have found that some audience members need a little push in the right direction when viewing dance. While it is important to learn to interpret dance and art on your own, sometimes a little information about a piece can lead to great discoveries. Below you will find information about each piece including: what the costumes look like, who wrote the music, what the inspiration was behind the piece, and insider information on the dancers and the rehearsal process.

Tramonto is all about the sun. Before the dance, we talk about our closest star, including discussing solar flares and sun spots. The audience is encouraged to look for these elements in the dance. In the first section the dancers are connected together by red fabric, dancing in and out of the center of the circle. As the dancers continue this lyrical piece, they disconnect and move throughout the performance space. They use their fabric to create spirals around themselves, arcs in space, and strong lines extending from the body. This piece was first created for a group of talented high school students who live on Bainbridge Island. While a few steps have changed since then, it's mostly the same piece! The music for this piece is from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Costumes are red, flowing dresses.
Dwarf Star, our second piece, is a short dance about dwarf stars. Before the piece, we learn that stars have a life-cycle somewhat similar to that of humans--they are born, grow bigger, then fade away. There are many different kinds of dwarf stars including white, yellow, and brown dwarfs. In this piece the dancers are pretending to be white dwarfs. This is one of the last stages of a star's life. At this point, a star is loosing heat and energy, slowly fading as its gases escape. The dancers in this piece struggle, twitch, and dart around the stage, trying to survive. This piece is filled with unusual and humorous movement. The music for this piece is called, surprisingly, Dwarf Star by Rasputina. Costumes are gold tops with black pants.
Orion vs. Scorpius tells the story of the constellation Orion. It is said that Orion battled and defeated Scorpius, but not before he was stung by the scorpion's tail. After the audience hears this mythological tale, two dancers battle in a hip-hop inspired piece. While the dancers are not assigned a specific character for this piece, we encourage the audience to decide who is the human and who is the scorpion. Does one look more animalistic? More heroic? The music for this piece is Autechre's Rpeg. Costumes are hip looking street clothes.
Gravity is a piece all about the theory of gravity. Before this dance, the audience hears about Sir Isaac Newton and how he discovered the force of gravity. The dancers fly across the stage, jumping and catching, falling and recovering. It is an exciting, death-defying work. The lifts in this piece are extremely complicated and the dancers have spent three months practicing together to get the timing right. One false move and someone could fall on the floor. But, don't worry. Part of being a dancer is learning how to land gracefully and without getting hurt. The music for this dance is a marimba piece called Nagoya Marimbas. Costumes are blue leotards.
Aliens depicts what we think creatures from other planets might move like. Before this piece, the audience will hear about the history of space exploration and how authors, TV shows, and artists have depicted outer space. Images include Mr. Spock, the Toy Story aliens, "little green men," and lots of other creative creatures. The dancers are dressed in haz-mat suits—humor ensues. Rehearsals for this piece are always filled with laughter. The music for this piece is by Bobby McFerrin. Costumes are silver spacesuits.
Universe is our final piece--a bright and cheerful celebration of the universe. The first section is a solo in which the dancer moves in a very small space. We are trying to show that the universe is so vast, it can be a lonely place. Imagine if you lived alone on the International Space Station for months on end. Would you get lonely? In the second section, all the dancers join the dance and bound around the stage. Each dancer has her own choreography to remember. There are moments when everyone comes together and moments where everyone is doing something different. Just like in the universe, all of these elements come together to make one beautiful and excitement-filled vision. The dancers try really hard not to crash into one another in this dance. This piece is also super hard. When the dancers fall to the ground at the end of the dance, you can see how hard they are breathing. The music for this piece is by the French band, Air. Costumes are pants and shirts in a rainbow of colors.
Photos from our last performance of "The Final Frontier" 
We have included some pictures from the show to give you an idea of what the dances look like. You can use these to become familiar
with the costumes or to get pumped up for the performance!
Redd Legg Dance members in Tramonto.
Mary Kirkpatrick in Tramonto at the Intiman Theatre.
Karena Valiquette in Tramonto.
     
Stacy Brenner, Pamela Shahan, and Jamie Karlovich in Gravity.
Redd Legg Dance members in Gravity.
Jamie Karlovich and Pamela Shahan in Gravity.
     
Stacy Brenner and Mary Kirkpatrick in Orion vs. Scorpius.
Mary Kirkpatrick and Stacy Brenner perform at the Intiman Theatre.
Mary Kirkpatrick as Scorpius.
     
Stephanie Littlefield in Dwarf Star.
Mary Kirkpatrick, Stephanie Littlefield, and Michele O'Neill in Dwarf Star.
Michele O'Neill explodes in Dwarf Star.
     
Jamie Karlovich and Alex Goldstein in Aliens.
Alex Goldstein and Jamie Karlovich at the Intiman Theatre, January 12, 2008.
Aliens performed in The Final Frontier.
     
Michele O'Neill in Universe.
Redd Legg Dance performs Universe.
Redd Legg Dance at the end of the piece Universe at The Intiman Theatre.
     
 

The Final Frontier
January 12, 2008
The Intiman Theatre
Seattle, WA

 

 

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