BMD celebrates its 20th Anniversary at the exact place where it all began two decades ago. In this exclusive interview, some of our Dancers provide a personal “tell-all” on the importance of BMD’s 20th anniversary from their individual perspectives. We asked them to take us behind the scenes by sharing about BMD’s influence in the community, what it means to them to perform at BMD’s birth place, and something that they would want the audience to know about this show.
In the words of Our Dancers…
Alicia Curtis, Rehearsal Director, 8th Season
The fact that Lucy started a company from the ground up and created new works for 20 years is an impressive feat. Few choreographers make such an attempt and even fewer are so successful.
I’m incredibly honored to be a part of a dance organization that provides as sustainable and rewarding of a career; a sure rarity in this profession. I believe that BMD’s greatest influence is through its extensive outreach programs. The company’s dedication to offering movement education and an escape from the difficult realities for people with Parkinson’s Disease is a wonderful example of this outreach.
The show at Dance Place will actually be my first major premiere as a dancer in the DC area, as I recently relocated here from Detroit. What an exciting opportunity, blessing, and responsibility I have this year!
I think BMD makes dance accessible. If the audience were to come behind scenes “in process” with the company, they would see castles being built from bricks and bricks being built from ideas. The castles we make are welcoming, the bricks that make them are refined, and the ideas that propel are original and precious.
I feel very fortunate to be part of a company that has a strong support system within the community. It really makes a difference, and BMD couldn’t have made it 20 years without the wonderful support that we receive. Here’s to a great 20th season!
I think that part of BMD’s success is attributed to the fact that Lucy and, by extension the Company, has maintained such a strong and active role in a community as mutable as the Metro DC area. Smaller dance companies always run the risk of fading into the background, but BMD has remained in the foreground largely due to the many community enriching programs and performances it offers.
Since this marks my tenth season performing with BMD, it feels very special to me. The Company has been very good to me over the years, helping me grow as a person and as an artist. To be giving a “come full-circle” performance with such a wonderful group of dancers is just going to make the experience that much more amazing!
It’s always a blast when we can occasionally have people come in to view a piece in progress instead of the final product. There are so many different elements Lucy uses when choreographing (tone of music, style of a particular movement, feeling, dancer input) that it is a constant evolutionary process. It’s nice for people to see how much fun we have!