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2018-19 Performance Season

September 21 - 29
Friday and Saturday Shows at 7PM
Saturday Matinees at 3:30PM 

The Dogtown Presenter's Series: Dark Side of the Moon

This fall, the Dogtown Presenter’s Series is taking Richmond to the Dark Side of the Moon. Coinciding with the 45th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s prolific album, the Dogtown Presenter’s Series (DPS) seeks to bring together a diverse crowd of music lovers and dance lovers for an unforgettable theater experience. From the artistic vision of Dogtown’s Artistic & Executive Director and RVA Dance Collective’s Co-Founder and Director, Jess Burgess, Dark Side of the Moon will explore the ideas found in Pink Floyd’s music and lyrics through a story of movement.


Through physical dance exploration, Dark Side of the Moon discusses the philosophical and physical elements of existence that can lead to a person's insanity and feelings of an unfulfilled life. The iconic album is a cautionary tale in two parts: the first half describing this unfulfilled life, the second half consisting of individual songs depicting detrimental aspects of society. The philosophical ideas in the second half of the album reflect the madness that is the root cause of the elements explored in the first half of the album.

Dark Side of the Moon’s choreography pushes dancers with driven physicality, embodying the linear existence to which we conform in society through part one, while letting disorder and madness take over in the second half, ultimately leading to still one conclusion: "All that's to come and everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon." Humanity’s infinite potential to persist and survive in the face of adversity is represented by the life-giving sun; yet, the sun is still eclipsed by the moon.

This year’s DPS is more than a dance performance; it is a collaboration of talented Richmond artists. This one-of-a-kind collaboration features contemporary dance company, RVA Dance Collective with special guests Dogwood Dance Project and RADAR, merging three of Richmond’s independent dance companies for one exceptional, large-scale performance supported by an elaborate, moving set and props.

The performance will be visually stunning thanks to its creative, masterful set, currently under construction by local visual artist and photographer, Mike Keeling. Keeling is a resident artist at Crossroads Arts Center, and frequently has gallery installations at ArtWorks Galleries and Studios, as well as Dogtown Dance Theatre. Keeling’s constructions are vital to the storytelling component of this evening-length dance work, including dancers manipulating a 10-foot slide throughout the entirety of the work, alongside a human-sized, revolving hamster wheel resting on a 12-foot mountain depicting the eponymous moon.


The Dogtown Presenter’s Series is intended to be a fully immersive experience, showing dance can be accessible to everyone, regardless of their prior experiences or relationship with dance.


“You don’t have to enjoy modern dance to enjoy Dark Side of the Moon, and you don’t have to enjoy Dark Side of the Moon to enjoy this truly unique showcase of amazing RVA modern dance talent,” says choreographer, Jess Burgess. “The visual components of this year’s Presenter’s Series will be stunning and unlike anything RVA has ever seen. The work of Mike Keeling is the perfect compliment to these talented dancers and the album. We are so excited for September.”

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Art Works Galleries and Studios Collaborative Series 

Fourth Fridays - January, February, March 2019

RVA Dance Collective has enjoyed a 11-year long partnership and friendship with the artists and directors at Art Works Galleries and Studios. 

RVA Dance Collective will present new work-in-progress from Director Jess Burgess and guest choreographers LaWanda Raines  and Shannon Hummel, this season. 

Join us for these special evenings starting January 2019 of art and dance in Manchester! The Fourth Friday events start at 6PM, and RVA Dance Collective performs around 8PM in the main gallery downstairs. 

Friday, January 25

Friday, February 22

Friday, March 22

Photo by Mike Keeling

Art Works Galleries and Studios
320 Hull Street

Richmond VA 23224 

All shows are free and open to the public. 

MARDI Gras RVA 2019
March 2, 2019 | 3PM | Dogtown Dance Theatre 

Dogtown Brings New Orleans to RVA! 

Join Dogtown Dance Theatre for their 7th annual Mardi Gras celebration and parade! Open to the Richmond community and totally family-friendly, Dogtown will celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

RVA Dance Collective will dance beside Claves Unidos, Pole Pressure, Richmond Urban Dance, Studio4 Dance Company, Circular Expressions, Latin Vintage and live music. 

Dogtown will be serving local brews by Legend Brewing Co. and Cajun catering by Sophia’s International Cuisine! 

Don’t miss the biggest family-friendly Mardi Gras party on Richmond’s southside!

Show Admission: $15
Children 5-12: $5
Children under 5: FREE
PARADE: 3pm | SHOW: 4-7pm 

Photo by Dave Parrish Photography

Dogtown Dance Theatre 

109 W. 15th Street
Richmond VA 23224 

RVA Dance Collective is excited to present an amazing evening of choreography our 12th annual repertory concert at Dogtown Dance Theatre this spring

Co-Artistic Director Danica Kalemdaroglu will present a new work for the full company. The piece is a dynamic and physically demanding work, set to Max Richter's rendition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Co-Artistic Director Jess Burgess is also presenting a new work for the full company, including guest dancers Kelly H and Meoleake (Monte) Jones. Initially set on the dancers in JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company, "Metastasis," challenges the dancers with intricate unison, precision, and force. 

RVA Dance Collective is excited to also present new works set on the company by local Richmond choreographers Kevin LaMarr Jones of CLAVES UNIDOS and Kelly H of KrasH! Dance. Collaboration within our dance community is so important, and we are thrilled these Dogtown choreographers worked with the company dancers this season. 

RVA Dance Collective proudly presents the work of company member Kayla Xavier this season as well. Each year, one of the collective members is asked to choreograph for the company to help provide a space for them to explore their choreographic voice. The piece is a hilarious satire that takes a look inside the life of the party. 

The company welcomes guest performers from Charlottesville, Amanda Liscouski and Mariah Johnson. The duet commissioned a new work from Jess Burgess this summer.

Each season RVA Dance Collective presents the advanced company students from The Dance Company, based in Mechanicsville  in the hopes to inspire new young dancers to continue to dance throughout their adult lives. This season, company dancer Shannon Comerford has set a haunting and compelling work on these talented dance youth. 

It will be an excellent weekend of inspired and compelling choreography.  

The Four Seasons
Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1, 2019  
7PM | Tickets $20 General Admission and $10 Student
Dogtown Dance Theatre
109 W. 15th Street 
Richmond, VA 23224 


Photo by Mike Keeling Photography

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