A new work created by Riley Watts for Prometheus Dance
veil iii is the third choreography of the veil series being premiered throughout New England in 2018 and with Prometheus in 2019. In this phase of the work, the dancers investigate the states of their inner worlds by means of embodied memories and collective unconscious. The body’s movement through dance is considered a state of moving mind – not separating the mind and the body as separate entities but instead as forces of action within the same human system and in coordination with others in the space.
This work is being created through a series of week long residencies. Each culminating in an informal performance bringing the group through a personal journey through charted and uncharted territory.
The first veil iii residency ran through the week of April 23-27 with a final showing April 27, 2018 at 8:00
The second veil iii residency will take place November 26-30 with an informal showing on November 30, 2018 at 8:00
Prometheus will premier veil iii for Word Music/CRASHArts DANCE UP series January 26, 2019 8:00 at the ICA Theatre
Riley is an artist based in Portland, Maine whose work explores states of consciousness through movement. He trained in dance at the Bangor Ballet and Walnut Hill School for the Arts before receiving a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2007. As a performer, he has worked primarily with William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as with Netherlands Dance Theater 2 and Bern Ballet. He is frequently invited to teach, choreograph, and perform for a wide array of arts institutions and companies around the world. Riley has written for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and recently co-authored a children’s book entitled Where’s Your Creativity with his cousin, Dr. Aaron Rosen, for Tate Publishing, London. Riley is on faculty at the Bangor Ballet, a member of the Advisory Committee for Bates Dance Festival, and a Dance and Performance advisor for SPACE. He is recipient of a Princess Grace Award and was named Contemporary Dancer of the Year 2015 for the Positano Prize, Italy. He recently created Veil i with Doppelgänger Dance Collective and Veil ii, a solo premiered at Maine Moves in April 2018.
Find out more about Riley here