RAW Artists Bonanza!

Mathew Patrick Heggem, creator and founder of LeftSide Labs, without haste proposed a new work on SylviDances for his upcoming gig at RAW Artists at The Filmore Concert Stage October 24th 2019. Maggie and I jumped at the chance to line up a gig. This was our first performance since Maggie’s February hip replacement and Mathew seemed fired up and ready to create art!

We learned 2-3 key choreographic phrases which he expertly manipulated and then spaced the three of us let the attention of the viewer dance back and forth from one dancer to another (smartly reserving unison for climactic sections nearing the end). Mathew made costumes using his mother Monica Davis’s artwork which had bold colors and circles. We donned these homemade dresses with pink bob wigs, black gloves and lotta juuuushhhhq!

It was a welcome back to our bodies with new musically driven jazzy vocabulary danced on a fabulously elevated stage with chandeliers hanging above. We WERKED that catwalk with all our 1980’s housey underground New York flavored grit (Maggie and Mathew earned their actual chops living and dancing professionally in NYC while I was slogging it out here in DC). Mathew’s dance really suited the Artists event made for the showing and sharing RAW Art! I hope to participate in this event again next year!

Living into the moment as we exit this concert stage
Mathew Dipping Mags

Published by sylvanachristopher

Sylvana Christopher is performer choreographer and teaching artist native to DC. She is mom to Jasper Lee Christopher and wife of guitarist John Lee. She has danced for Rincones & Company Dance Theater, Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Arts United of Washington, Mason/Rhynes Performance Projects, BosmaDance, Kate Jordan Dance, Sarah J. Ewing & Dancers, Word Dance Theater & Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group. In 2009, Christopher sparked the formation of Glade Dance Collective which continues to thrive today. Sylvana has taught for several DMV schools and arts organizations including Holton-Arms School, Wolf Trap, Sitar Arts Center, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Washington Performing Arts and currently Inner City, Inner Child. Sylvana loves swimming, travel, potlucks, movies and soaking up live music! She hopes to travel to Brazil, Thailand, Ireland and Russia one day. Sylvana has been fortunate to study in Senegal and France as well as perform in Germany and Mexico.

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