Now in its 18th season, the award-winning Company brings together scenic designer Tony Cisek; lighting designer Martha Mountain; guest dance artists Ilana Goldman and Gabriel Williams; and an ensemble of accomplished classical musicians, as well as country-rock legends Jason Ringenberg and Warner E. Hodges, for an evening filled with dance and music.
The program boasts four original works, including two world premieres – a lush work for the full Company and Far Behind, a fusion of country rock and movement in a collaborative work between Lucy Bowen McCauley and Jason Ringenberg, of Jason and The Scorchers, credited by Rolling Stone Magazine for “rewriting the history of rock’n’roll in the South.” At Lucy’s invitation, Ilana Goldman, a former Trey McIntyre Project dancer and McCauley protégé, performs with her real life partner Gabriel Williams. Meet Ilana and Gabriel.
“I have loved Jason’s music for more than 30-years. It is a wonderful honor to choreograph to his stunning songs and to work with such a disarmingly humble genius,” says Lucy. “What a thrill it is to have Jason share our stage.”
We asked Jason Ringenberg to tell us more about the project and what it is like to work with Lucy. Enjoy this “behind the scenes” look at the making of Far Behind, the first section of a major collaboration between BMD and Jason and The Scorchers called Victory Road.
Jason Ringenberg was born and raised on an Illinois hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Line Railroad. He left for Nashville July 4 1981 to pursue his dream of “making a band that could kick American roots music into the modern age!” Little did he know just how far the kick would travel.
He immediately formed Jason and the Scorchers and never looked back. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s they tore up venues across the planet and became known as one of the most exciting live bands in music.
Their instinctive ability to combine traditional country music with high energy punk rock has not been surpassed to this day. In 2008 they were awarded the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. There is an exhibit of them in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
But Ringenberg’s story does not stop there. In 1999 the “Godfather of Americana” (Mojo) decided to go solo. He has released five solo cds where his songwriting has been lauded by everyone from the BBC to USA TODAY. Touring the world relentlessly, The Times (UK) called him “one of the most exciting performers of his generation”. So don’t go to his shows expecting to see a sensitive singer-songwriter sitting on a stool. With his acoustic guitar and fearless charisma he will rock the house.
How did you get to know Lucy and what is the inspiration behind this collaboration?
Lucy is a big fan of music, and loves to see live concerts especially. She saw our show at the Iota a few years ago and decided to contact me about her ideas which are now blossoming into this project. She is the driving force that put it all together.
How does “Far Behind” fit into the story of Victory Road?
Far Behind is a quiet contemplative song that I feel gives the program more depth and soul.
Lucy is an avid lover of music and has choreographed to a wide array of music genres. What is it like to see your story and music being transformed for dance audiences?
Honestly this is an absolute hoot to see Lucy’s idea starting to develop into something tangible. I have a feeling these feelings of amazement will logarithmically increase as the process gains momentum and body.
What excites you most about this project?
We have never done anything like this, so pretty much EVERYTHING about it is exciting and new. Certainly Lucy’s inherent enthusiasm is contagious, but we are loving everything happening with it.