Ramm Dance presents “Logan’s Way”
Each Fall Jennifer Muller / The Works welcomes choreographers to present a work in progress as part of the HATCH presenting series. Artistic Director of Ramm Dance, Courtney Ramm presents “Logan’s Way” to HATCH audiences this November 23rd at The Works studio in Chelsea.
“Logan’s Way” is a new dance piece inspired by my younger brother, Logan, who is autistic. Logan’s way explores the highly contrasting worlds that Logan lives in. He is physically living on the Earth, but mentally and spiritually he is oftentimes on another dimension. It is a piece of transformation, as he guides his family members to living with greater compassion and understanding.
Read on to learn more about Courtney’s dance background and her interest in presenting a work in progress as part of the HATCH choreography series. Meet Courtney after the performances during the Q & A following the HATCH performances and learn more about her inspiration in creating “Logan’s Way” and how it felt to dance the piece with her family.
Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?
It is very helpful to present a work in progress for several reasons. It gives the audience a taste of the work, so they know if they want to come back and see the full version. It helps the choreographer know how the work is received- whether or not the audience understood it, enjoyed it, etc. The choreographer then can make changes if necessary to help get the message of piece clearly across. It benefits the performers by giving them an opportunity to show what they’ve worked on with less pressure, since there is still time for improvement.
Who are your favorite people to work with?
I enjoy working with people who are open to trying new things and to being pushed as dancers. I am interested in working with people who are committed to and passionate about dance, who are able to focus and be fully mentally present during our time together in the studio. In this piece, I am working with 2 family members (plus one other dancer)- my sister is a singer/dancer and my mother is a actress/dancer. They are great to work with and it’s a very supportive and professional environment.
Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?
It is important that I present this piece to audiences in NYC because of the deep inherent meaning of the piece. Living in NYC, we are exposed to people of all kinds, and Logan’s Way goes into the isolated world of someone with a “mental disability” and brings light to his experience.
What should Hatch audiences look forward to with your presentation of dance?
A combination of dancing, acting, and singing. A new perspective on what it means to be different. A look inside of Logan’s world as an autistic boy in a family that wants to do all they can to support him. A deep, emotional, yet uplifting piece.
About the Artists
Courtney Ramm was born and raised in NYC, where she began dancing at the age of 2! She began her professional ballet training at the School of American Ballet, and supplemented her training at Ballet Academy East, LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, Miami City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, and more.
Courtney graduated from Indiana University with Highest Distinction, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance and Kinesiology. Courtney has a strong love for choreographing, and had her choreographic debut when she was 16 years old at the City Center Studios. Since then, she has shown her choreography at many venues in NYC including Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater, and the Hatch. In 2006, Courtney received the Faculty Choreography Award from Chautauqua Institution for her piece “Gigue for 6” set to Bach’s English Suite #5.
Most recently, Courtney had her original choreography performed in Singapore at the Raffles Hotel, Alliance Francaise Theater, and the Singapore American School. She is very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to premiere “Logan’s Way” at the Hatch! Check out the RammDance website.
Bita Bell: At the age of 15, Bita Bell left Tehran alone on a full scholarship to study at the United World College of Hong Kong. She became both a Theatre and Visual Arts student. Studying Theatre exposed her to a wide variety of techniques and styles such as Stanislavsky, Commedia Dell’Arte, and Theatre of the Oppressed.
Though her training in Dance has been brief, she has performed styles in Contemporary, Jazz, Salsa, Argentine Tango, and many other cultural dances. Bita devised, choreographed and directed a DanceTheare show called ‘Skin And Bones’ for her Independent Project Theatre. ‘Skin and Bones’ was based on her struggles living in Iran in 2009, followed by her departure and separation from her mother until 2012.
The performance was reviewed in Jewish Times Asia and upon graduation led her to win the Student’s Arts Award. She received the Shelby Davis scholarship to attend Earlham College, however she is in the process of transferring to pursue a Dance degree. She is currently residing at the NYArts Program and is interning with the Joffrey Ballet School, Sally Silvers, ACB Dance Company and Gallim Dance Company.
Leandra Ramm is a versatile singer and actress with an “extraordinary voice” (Anderson Cooper). Leandra has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, La MaMa, and 59E59 Theaters among other venues. In addition to being a lead vocalist on Celebrity Cruises, Leandra has performed with numerous theater and opera companies throughout the world. Her favorite roles performed include: The Full Monty (Estelle) at The Media Theatre, Iolanthe (Leila) at The Buxton Opera House (UK), Mario and The Magician (Silvestra) with Center for Contemporary Opera, Man of la Mancha (Antonia) with Diablo Theater Company and The Endless Road by Kurt Weill (soloist) with The American Symphony Orchestra.
In addition Leandra has made many television appearances, with a TV episode about her life airing on The Discovery Channel in 2014. Leandra has also released many albums, all available on itunes, amazon and http://www.cdbaby.com. Leandra is also the co-author of her own book, “Stalking A Diva”. For more information, please visit www.LeandraRamm.com.
Adrienne Ramm, composer/pianist, has always felt that the merging of music and dance expresses her creative spirit. She trained and performed since childhood in the Isadora Duncan dance repertory/tech-nique which has inspired her spontaneous musical style. As a pianist she has worked with many dance companies, dance schools, and educational institutions including the Mark Morris Dance Group, Harkness Dance Center, Long Island University, Dance New Amsterdam, Joffrey Ballet School among many others.
She has performed her original piano compositions which have been choreographed by dance companies and presented in New York at The Riverside Church Dance Festival, Joyce Soho, Symphony Space, Old Westbury Gardens, Tilles Art Center, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, St. Marks Church as well as several programs in Europe.
The current CD of her original piano music, “Reminiscence Isadora: Songs of the Dancing Muse” is the embodiment of the merging of music and dance.
Come out to see RammDance perform at HATCH
- The Works Studio is located at 131 West 24th Street, 4th Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenue), in NYC.
- Doors at 7:30.
- Show begins at 8:00 pm.
- Tickets $15