Richmond has a thriving network of artists, dancers, movement practitioners, and teachers who are all vital to our city’s cultural history and future. 2020 proved that artists are essential workers.


We are excited to announce a new collaborative project between Katrina Taggart-Hecksher of Dancers of RVA and Dogtown Dance Theatre that will document the local dance community’s experience during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the social revolution following the murder of George Floyd, and the political unrest that over took our country.


The project will use personal, narrative storytelling to center and uplift the myriad of experiences, responses, thoughts, actions, feelings, and work that the people of Richmond’s dance scene felt, saw, heard, and put in throughout 2020.


Rise Up from the shadows is an extension of the individual spotlight work that Dancers of RVA continues to do and will function on an application basis with submissions reviewed by a panel of local Richmond artists, arts administrators, and community members. Applicants will undergo a photoshoot, filming, and interview process which will be channeled into a virtual exhibition as well as a physical book, meant to immortalize the 2020 experience into a “time-capsule” that will serve as a relic of the time and space we currently find ourselves in.


Applicants which are selected to be involved will schedule a filming and interview block which will take place at Dogtown Dance Theatre across February and March. Applications are now open for the project and will close on the 20th of February, 2021 at 11:59PM.


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