Wewolf | Sep 15, 2018 | Sat 2 pm & 7:30pm | Grandel Theatre
Henry and Edward
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
The Grandel in the Grand Center Arts District
It's testing the limits of the human body through dance. It's body-bending hip-hop fusion. It's dance like you've never seen before!
Dance St. Louis kicks off its 2018-19 season with an arousing presentation of Wewolf, the LA-based company of award-winning international artists James Gregg and RubberLegz (aka Rauf Yasit).
Internationally renowned for their captivating work on stage and in video, TV and film, the dancer-choreographers fuse together their extensive backgrounds in hip-hop, threading, breakdancing, contortion and contemporary dance to create a stunning, unique choreographic language.
Henry and Edward
Dance St. Louis audiences will be the first in North America to experience Wewolf’s wondrous new work Henry and Edward—an abstract representation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The work explores the connection of two bodies forming one soul and the discussion between two entities inside one being. It's the battle of the euphoric high and how to maintain that sensation, and the battle within oneself and the voice of the alter ego.
Don’t miss this thought-provoking work that highlights the artists’ dramatic technique and blended dance forms.
Preview the Wewolf program book.
Tickets are $40, $35, $30.
Rauf Yasit (aka RubberLegz)
Rauf Yasit has a style that defies categorizations. He started as a self taught B-Boy in 1998. In 2007, after years of mastering his craft in breakdancing, Yasit’s repertoire evolved to include performing in a contemporary dance production. Endless hours of rehearsal inevitably transformed a childhood hobby into his life’s work and passion.
Aptly dubbed “RubberLegz” for his ability to miraculously contort his body into unthinkable shapes and positions, the Berline and Los Angeles-based breakdancing phenom competes in and judges dance competitions as well as teaching workshops all around the globe. Rauf Yasit is a multi-disciplined tour de force. He received his diploma in 3D-Vizualisation and Animation in Switzerland and has years of experience working in professional design agencies as a visual artist. He then moved to Berlin and worked as a freelance artist in both design and dance.
Today he is a known worldwide and is a respected artist with his very own unique style. He is now living in Los Angeles focusing on projects, bringing his photography, design and dance skills together.
His most exciting project is the development of his own choreographic tools called MESH.
Colorado born, Oklahoma raised. James Gregg is now an international choreographer. He has created choreographic works on Whim W’Him, Danceworks Chicago, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, Nashville Ballet's Emergence, Springboard Danse Project Montreal, River North Dance Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soleil at Sea and L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec.
Most recently, James was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He was also the winner for Ballet Austin's 2014 New American talent choreographic competition, a finalist in Milwaukee Ballet's 2013 Genesis Choreographic competition, and in 2011 the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.
As a performer, James has worked with Bodytraffic, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance Group, and River North Dance Company. Throughout his career he had the opportunity to do the works of many renowned choreographers including Victor Quijada, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chauves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cayetano Soto, and more. James also has been featured in several music videos, feature films, and in TV documentaries and specials. Elton John, Lyon, Kresha Turner, Ils Dansent, On the road, and Soul Survivors are a couple of examples of this. These experience to work with such a variety of artists and different artistic avenues has given James the tools to create his own language and helped mold his choreographic voice and vision.
His biggest interest is to create movement from the inside out and exploring different paths and routes through which the body can move. Discovering how these various avenues can evoke emotion and how those emotions translate throughout the body.
WEWOLF is generously sponsored by
Presenting Sponsor: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
2018-19 Season Sponsors: Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation
2018-19 Season Support: Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank Trustee
Education Outreach Title Sponsor: Monsanto Fund
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