Inspired by the castells of Catalonia, Orange Grove Dance creates new work for Joe’s stage
Exploring the metaphorical castells in everyday relationships
Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, bring their newest work to the Joe’s stage Friday, April 1 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 2 at 8 pm. “Un castell built for two” redefines partner work in contemporary dance through innovative new methods. The artists tell us, “The castells of Catalonia have made us ask the question of where these physical metaphors exist in our own community.” In this new work, they are in process of finding these new methods. They continue, “It’s about weight. It’s about the weight of our bodies. It’s about holding each other and building. Where are our castells in our everyday relationships? What are we building? Who are we supporting?”
About “Un castell built for two”
“Un castell built for two” is a new evening length work, paralleling the precarious balance of human tower building and the powerful connections it brings to its participants and audience. Profoundly inspired by their recent residency work in Llorenç Del Penedes, Spain, partners Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol use their embodied knowledge of contact improvisation and partnering work to explore new methods of weight sharing, relationship, and interdependence.
About Orange Grove Dance
Artistic Directors, Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. Currently they reside in the DC area have earned their MFA’s in Dance from The University of Maryland. They hold Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida and upon graduating they collectively began the vision and creation of Orange Grove Dance, a multi-media dance company who creates athletic visual experiences through the lens of dance, film, and design.
Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made it one of the most well- respected nonprofit organizations in the region.