Choreographer’s Corner: Anjanette Maraya-Ramey

This year, SDDT has been celebrating and engaging new choreographers by creating venues in which they may produce new pieces for audiences.  Our “New Voices” performance on May 14th-15th is another great example of these celebrations.  Jean has asked 5 young, talented choreographers to produce material for this performance.

This opportunity has motivated us to start a campaign in order to raise funds to help these young choreographers pay their dancers, rent rehearsal space, and afford design elements in order to allow them to fully realize their dance’s vision.  We are accepting donations (both large and small) HERE!

Take some time and check out all the great incentives we have put together for your support!

To inspire donations, and to just get people excited about the production, we are also starting up our next installment of “Choreographer’s Corner”.  The first choreographer we have chatted with is the lovely Anjanette Maraya-Ramey who has a lot to say about what she wants her audience to know coming into her performance:

This year was a year for new arrivals and departures.  The arrival of the news that my nephew was diagnosed with Autism and the departure of my friend who passed away from cancer. The overwhelming emotional journey has been taxing, yet reminded me of the way in which dance can serve as a cathartic release to tell powerful stories and honor the people that you love.   
I was inspired to create this piece, “Departure…Destination Unknown,” as a way to honor survivors of many facets.  I have been perplexed and fascinated by the notion of “inexplicable” and how that relates to mind and body. The outside physical appearance of one’s body, isn’t always necessary reflective of what is happening internally. To express this concept, I found the imagery of a suitcase to have a resemblance of this notion.  The exterior is strong and sturdy, yet its contents are intimate and reveal so much about its owner.  
The New Voices from San Diego Dance Theater’s spring show is themed with blending art and fashion as well as featuring a mix of old and new work.  These themes served as the impetus for me to incorporate pieces of clothing as a metaphor that depicts strength and frailty as signified by the occurrences in mind and body.  Additionally, the theme of mixing old and new work is informed in my selection of old 1940’s music and costuming.  

The dancers are always a part my creative process and I am grateful to have their full commitment to this work.  Shannon and Viviana are so generous of themselves and the rehearsal process has been quite amazing and collaborative.  They are perfectionists that truly care about the integrity of the work and communicating the intention of the piece. I have been fortunate to have been able to work with both of them on numerous projects over the past few years, and we are very intuitive of each other.  I am so proud of the work that we’ve done so far and I look forward to seeing this come to fruition!

Thanks Anjanette!  We are so excited to see your piece realized! Check out a slide show of her piece in rehearsal here:

And get your tickets to our “New Voices” production today!
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One Response to Choreographer’s Corner: Anjanette Maraya-Ramey

  1. jordoncloud says:

    This is an awesome project. I love hearing about the creative process and inspiration behind the pieces. I wish I could be in San Diego to see “New Voices.” I know it will be great!

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