STG presents Splinter Effect, a Diversity Dance Throwback, at The Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 as a part of our Nights at the Neptune series.
Splintering the perception of everyday life through the arts, ajusticenetwork & Splinter Dance Co. present pieces on gender (in)equality, economic disparity, war, and domestic violence. This dance theatre requires conversation and inspires education.
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Splinter Dance Company, under the umbrella of ajusticenetwork and the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike, is composed of a diverse group of professional dancers from Seattle who have come together to enhance community awareness of critical social issues. Splinter uses dance and movement-theater in their educational work (including, but not limited to, the Diversity Dance repertoire), confronting the issues of racism, sexism, violence, the needs of the poor and the importance of unity in diversity. Splinter's repertoire ranges in styles from hiphop and breakdance, to lyrical, salsa, contemporary and jazz. As well as performing the Diversity Dance repertoire for schools and communities, they also mentor local high school youth, and have recently started a collaboration with Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts in Sequim, WA., called The Splinter Project. In addition to their community outreach, Splinter is often hired to create theme-specific performances for corporate clients and private events; sometimes incorporating the client into the performance itself. This diverse range of talent, and a varied target audience, helps Splinter maintain artistically current and relevant work.
Robin has been dancing and performing since the age of four when she found her passion for the stage, and she hasn't stopped moving since. The majority of her dance training is in Ballet, Jazz, and Hip-hop, but has also included Flamenco, Bellydance, Bollywood, Breakdance, Tap, and Lyrical. After high school, Robin joined Diversity Dance Workshop, a volunteer-based youth dance company based out of Seattle, WA, and toured the U.S. for a year before re-locating to Germany. For two years, she toured 13 countries with Diversity Dance Theater as a dancer, Road Manager and co-Artistic Director, using dance and theater to address critical social issues in the communities. Upon her return to Germany, Robin branched out into the professional commercial world of dance and runway modeling. Working with talent agencies for clients such as Porsche, Triumph, Bvlgari, Levis, BMW, and Marlboro Racing, she worked all over Europe (Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Czech Repulic, Cyprus, Switzerland, and Hungary).
In 2003, Robin returned to the U.S. to pursue Bachelor's degrees in Dance and German Studies. She completed her education in 2006, graduating magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2006, she returned to Seattle, WA to help with the re-surfacing of the Diversity Dance legacy, and co-founded ajusticenetwork, Diversity Dance Company and Splinter Dance Company in 2007.
She's proud and blessed to be a part of the visions of Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders (you might see Robin as a horse mother or a giant red frolicking mouse...perhaps even a house gnome), The Bollywood Project, and recently as a featured dancer in KT Niehoff's Collision Theory video of Rain Beats Down. Robin's joy in life is to spend time eating and laughing with friends, family, and her beloved doggie, and taking part in anything that spreads a little more happiness, unity, and love around the world.
Justice began breakdancing in 4th grade at age nine, when the boys on the playground told her girls were not born with the muscles to breakdance. She won her first competition the following year and kick-started her lifelong career as a dancer and artistic visionary. After High School, she studied Audio Engineering and Video Production at the Art Institute of Seattle. From 1995 through 2000 she served as a dancer for the Diversity Dance Workshop (DDW), a non-profit educational arts organization based out of Seattle, Washington. Averaging 186 shows a year, Justice wore many hats throughout the organization; Dancer, Road Manager, Bookings Manager, and Artistic Director. In 2001, Justice joined up with dancers from around the world and served as the Artistic Director for Global Motion, a UN sponsored dance program in Kosovo. Justice has also served as a Teacher and Artistic Director for dance workshops in Costa Rica, Germany, Abidjan West Africa, the Philippines, and currently assists in the development of various performing arts troupes across the United States.
Justice has shared the stage with some of hip-hop's most respected innovators, in Rennie Harris' Legends of Hip-Hop. She also performed and choreographed for the production Ozya, alongside the Massive Monkees in 2008. She had the honor to perform for Sandra Day O'Connor and two other U.S. Supreme Court Justices at a National Tribal Judicial Conference, for Martin Luther King Jr.'s son and daughter at a local MLK Jr. Day Celebration, and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Memorial Day in 1999. In 2010, Justicehad the opportunity to present a talk and showcase her dance, "Wars," at a Tedx event. Justice is the Co-Founder of ajusticenetwork, Artistic Director for Splinter Dance Company, dancer for The Bollywood Project, and part of the family of dancers and choreographers for Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders. For her day-job, Justice currently works as Venue Manager and Event Consultant for the Georgetown Ballroom, located in the historic Georgetown neighborhood. The passion that pushes Justice's vision stems from the desire to inspire positive social change, "...using dance, as a means of awakening in ourselves, and in our audience, those thoughts and feelings that are of the highest good."
Splinter Effect is also being sponsored by:
1. Brownbox Theatre: Re-Imagined Black Theatre 2. Pedersen's Event Rentals 3. Massive Monkees 4. Illusions by Melanie 5. Georgetown Ballroom
The Neptune Theatre (View)
1303 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105