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Rachel Thorne Germond (RTG Dance) & Lucy Vurusic Riner
Hamlin Park Fieldhouse
Chicago, IL
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Rachel Thorne Germond (RTG Dance) & Lucy Vurusic Riner
December 17 & 18. 2009
Thursday and Friday shows @ 7.30pm
at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse
3035 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL


RTG DANCE performers:
Christopher Knowlton, Victoria Heeb, and Celia Bambara, Johannah Wininsky, and Rachel Thorne Germond

Lucy Vurusic Riner's dancers include: Larisa Eastman, Jeannete Gordo, Lucy Vurusic Riner, Nikki Richardson, Stacy Wolfson, MK Victorson, and Anna Sapozhnikov

Lighting Design by Rachel Damon

Rachel Thorne Germond presents two in-progress works:
an excerpt from the solo- Look at Me!  and a new quartet titled Fantastic Folk Dance.
Dancers Christopher Knowlton, Victoria Heeb, and Celia Bambara, Johannah Wininsky, and Rachel Thorne Germond.


Lucy Vurusic Riner presents 3 dances on the theme of Motherhood:

Post Pardon
Dancers: Larisa Eastman, Jeanette Gordon (12/18), Lucy Vurusic Riner, Nikki Richardson, Stacy Wolfson and MK Victorson

Post Pardon is an ongoing piece that explores the many compromises we must make as mothers and dancers.  How do we find balance in the roles we play as both? Post Pardon is a work in progress that explores several aspects of motherhood.  This quintet is based on movement development that was created for weight transfer and support.  The process of this piece sometimes required that our children be at rehearsal with us.  These experiences also contributed to the movement development that continues to evolve into an ever-shifting final product.

I‚‚m Here is a solo that investigates pregnancy and the somatic movement development that can be created by the pregnant body.  This project began with simple gestural phrases that eventually developed into larger organic movements.  Through structured improvisation the dancer and choreographer created seamless transitions in and out of the floor that complimented the dancers need to sink into her pelvis and allow her support through her back and torso.  I‚‚m Here takes these movement patterns and creates a beautiful and sometimes comical look at the body during pregnancy. The pregnant dancer is able to explore the potential for pure movement in I'm Here.  This dance work investigates how the body changes in pregnancy and how, as dancers, we discover new ways of traveling through space.

Where we keep them/What we hold is a sensitive duet for two women that explores how we keep safe those things that are most precious to us. The audience is engaged in the relationship between two mothers who question how to let go and trust each other with their most valuable possession.  The dancers communicate through a series of partnering phrases that never truly allow them to release that which is most precious to them.



Rachel Thorne Germond has presented her work in New York City at such venues as the Joyce Soho, Movement Research at Judson Church, WAX, Chashama, The Merce Cunningham Studio, Dixon Place, amongst others and in Chicago since 2000, primarily at Links Hall, but also in performances with the Girlie Q Variety Hour, the Chicago Kings, and in festivals such as the Feast of Fools, Full Circle Festival, the Spareroom, the Around the Coyote Festival, Looptopia!, and Estrogen Festival. Ms. Germond is a graduate of Cornell University (1986) where she studied modern dance while obtaining degrees in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature. She achieved an MFA in dance and choreography (2000) at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she was a Fellow. Her training includes intensive study of Klein/Mahler technique with Barbara Mahler and with such notable teachers as Mary Anthony, Anna Sokolow, Pedro Alejandro, Tere O'Connor, and Nancy Topf. In 2003, 2005, and 2006 she was the recipient of the city of Chicago's CAAP grant. She teaches professional and non professional adults in Chicago as well as elementary school and high school studentsas an artist-in- residence through C.A.P.E. and HSDC Education Outreach programs.  In 2004 she formed her Chicago-based pick up company, RTG Dance.

As a choreographer I grapple with the nature of movement as metaphor or analogy. I strive to convey on- stage a world that is not dissimilar to everyday life, but the dances I make do address aspects of fantasy, imagination, and memory within the context of contemporary life.

Lucy Vurusic-Riner (performer/choreographer) is a native Chicagoan who has been supporting and contributing to the dance community for over fifteen years. She received her BS Degree in dance and dance education from Illinois State University.  Lucy has been a member of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak Dance Company, RTG Dance Company and Matthew Hollis‚‚ ‚‚The Power of Cheer.‚‚  She has also had the opportunity to be part of the community cast of White Oak Dance Project and David Dorfman Dance. Lucy has taught modern, hip hop, and jazz at numerous studios and high schools in the Chicagoland area. Currently, she is the Director of Dance at Oak Park and River Forest High School. In 2005, Lucy completed her Masters Degree in Education from National Louis University and also received the Midwest Dance Teacher of the Year award and was the youngest of four finalists in the running for the National Dance Teacher of the Year award.  Lucy most recently began an artistic partnership with Michael Estanich.  RE/Dance will have their Chicago premiere at Links Hall Jan. 15-17, 2010.  When Lucy is not working with other independent choreographers and producing her own shows, she is at home with her two great kids, Margie and Luka, and her very supportive husband, Jim.


Hamlin Park Fieldhouse
3035 N. Hoyne
Chicago, IL
United States


Music > EDM, Dance, Rave

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: RTG Dance
On BPT Since: Sep 10, 2007
Rachel Germond

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