Alana O Rogers Dance Company                                                                                                                Into Ice

Dean Speer

At a recent run-through rehearsal of the new dance project, Into Ice, 13 dancers were moving as if upon a floe of ice, sliding gliding, swirling. Moving, jumping, twirling as native creatures, natural forces, and humans, you could feel the cold. In three developed sections to live music by composer Nico Tower, each section depicts a different type of arctic experience.

Alana O Rogers Dance Company dancer Kimberly Holloway in "Into Ice" with composer Nico Tower Photo WittyPixel

Alana O Rogers Dance Company
dancer Kimberly Holloway
in “Into Ice” with composer Nico Tower
Photo WittyPixel

Choreographer Alana O’Farrell Rogers was inspired by a recent trip to Juneau — and subsequent research — where she was able to canoe up close and personal, realizing the beauty of the region but also its extreme climate and inherent dangers and how sometimes life is just survival. Each section fully uses her talented ensemble, including solos, duos, and group dances.

It was fun observing the rehearsal — I always enjoy watching dance and dancers, getting a peek behind the curtain as to the process, and seeing how all this comes together to create a new work of art.

Alana O Rogers Dance Company dancer Mariko Nagashima in Alana O'Farrell Rogers's "Into Ice" Photo WittyPixel

Alana O Rogers Dance Company
dancer Mariko Nagashima
in Alana O’Farrell Rogers’s “Into Ice”
Photo WittyPixel

This promises to be an important debut of a new dance that pulls its inspiration from the beauty that surrounds us.

Into Ice plays at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle in early November. Enjoy — and be sure to bring your parkas!

Who:  Alana O Rogers Dance Company

Where:  Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA.  98122

When:  November 11-12 and 18-19, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets:  $20 in advance, $25 at the door.                                                                                                       Brown Paper Tickets:  brownpapertickets.com