Fresh off of celebrating their 10th Anniversary Season, Dana Lawton Dances (DLD)is headed to Thailand in August for two weeks for “The Fluid Tour.” A coed company with dancers of all different ages, DLD is under the direction of Dana Lawton, a tenured associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California, a faculty member of the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and Co-Director of the Enchanted Ridge Dance Retreat. This is the first Asian tour for the company.
DLD will travel to Bangkok, Thailand for “The Fluid Tour” which includes series of performances and workshops. On August 8th, the company will host an open rehearsal at the Bangkok Arts & Culture Center with a special invitation to press and social media professionals. At 7:00 pm that evening, the company will give a performance sponsored by Friends of the Arts, Thailand. On August 9th, Lawton will lead a Contemporary Dance Workshops for students and professionals at the Bangkok Racquet Club Soi 49, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Dana Lawton Dances will then engage in a one-week residency at the International School Bangkok, an international K-12 private school, from August 10-18. Over the course of the week, the company will teach master classes ranging in areas from choreography to technique to mentorship at rehearsals. DLD will also choreograph a performance piece for advanced dancers at ISB and the company will perform with the ISB students on August 17 and 18. This is the third international tour in the company’s 10 year history. In 2015, the company toured Belfast, Ireland presenting their work Home (2015). Prior to that, the company performed in Royère de Vassivière Festival in France in 2014.
Holding Space is an evening-length concert which features selections from acclaimed past DLD performances of Beyond This Moment (2012), Home (2015) and DLD’s most recent 10 year anniversary season (2017). The works presented in Holding Space span the emotional spectrum from poignant, sentimental dances to lighthearted romps. The 10 member multi-generational company highlights the unique perspective of the rich multiplicity of human lives, provides the audience with a new perspective on what constitutes a dancer, and inspires people to reimagine what is possible at any age.
Lawton founded DLD in 2007 with a mission to celebrate social diversity and develop meaningful collaborations with other artists. Based in Oakland, CA, DLD is a multi-generational modern dance company. “My company ranges in age from 25 to 70. “Dance is not a static, inflexible art form, but rather an adaptable, transcendent form. My dances emphasize the imperfect emotional message I want to share with others, rather than promoting an idea of perfection. Utilizing dancers of all ages helps to reinforce this idea,” says Lawton.
One of the company members, John McConville, taught dance for ten years in Bangkok and established the Dance Program at the International School. “Both the International School Bangkok and the Friends of the Arts Organization have been long-time supporters of the arts and to return to Bangkok and to perform for them with Dana Lawton Dances is a wonderful and unexpected joy,” says McConville. For Lawton, one of her favorite parts of touring internationally with DLD is the opportunity to transcend language barriers through dance. “When you get to share work, you are sharing a part of yourself. This helps to create a deeper connection with others,” says Lawton.