This week, we interviewed choreographer Renay Aumiller as part of our ongoing series of blog posts profiling companies and choreographers who will be performing at this year’s BCDF. Renay Aumiller is the Founder and Artistic Director of RAD, or Renay Aumiller Dances. Taken from her website (renayaumillerdances.com):
Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD) is a project-based contemporary dance company located in Durham, North Carolina. We work to create innovative and thoughtful choreography for the concert stage and alternative venues.
Q: Where is your company located?
A: Durham, NC
Q: When was your company founded?
Q: Did you found the company? If so, why?
A: Yes, I founded this company because I was ready to commit to a project-based dance company that created dances that are quirky and funny, and/or poignant and responsive to cultural environments. I moved to Durham in 2011 from Illinois and fell in love with its community. I wanted an avenue to create works that didn’t have to fit a mold – works that had time to be explored – and creating RAD was the logical next step. After our premiere performance in 2013, we quickly gained momentum and are continuing to share many works with the North Carolina community and beyond.
Q: What is the name of the piece you are presenting at BCDF this year?
A: The Biggest Fan
Q: When and where did your piece premiere?
A: March, 2016 at Elon University’s McCrary Theater
Q: What themes and motifs does your piece touch upon?
A: Comedy, performance theories, and fans.
Q: What inspired the creation of this piece?
A: This dance was inspired by a duet I co-created with Will Schneider in 2008 called “Ham and Balls.” In that duet, we wanted to create a dance that exposed the creative process of dance making in a humorous, fun way. I brought those elements into “The Biggest Fan” while poking a little fun at the act of performing, trying to win the largest fanbase, and the hilarity associated with ego in the “biz”.
Q: Anything else you’d like to include?
A: This dance was created in collaboration with the dancers, Hallee Bernstein and Lucas Melfi. It also was made possible through the support of Elon University, who donated the rehearsal space, props, initial lighting design, and original venue.
Q: Lastly, Why did you apply to BCDF?
A: A friend of mine shared the call for applications from BCDF and without hesitation, I applied. I love Boston, and am thrilled to have a chance to share our work with the community. I am also a large supporter of celebrating local contemporary dance scenes, and this seems like a perfect opportunity to meet other dancers and choreographers across the country. One of our dancers, Lucas, grew up there, so it is a sort of homecoming for him as well.
You can see RAD’s “The Biggest Fan” at the 7:30 BCDF performance on August 13, 2016! Buy your tickets here.