The Crooked Jades and KWCo Dancers. Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.

Bright Land, 2010

Bright Land is a 50-minute work comprised of short dances set to old time string band music and played live by renowned SF-based band, The Crooked Jades. Featuring the Kate Weare Company dancers accompanied by five extraordinary musicians from The Crooked Jades, this unprecedented collaboration exposes the cyclical nature of human experience with piercing, powerful choreography and fiery, soulful live music. Bright Land pays homage to the emotional undertakings of many generations - kinship, belief, suffering, love - that shape us each in our own lifetime, and repeat in cycles through the ages.

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Choreography: Kate Weare
Original Score: The Crooked Jades
Costume Design: Sarah Cubbage
Lighting Design: Brian Jones:
Originating Dancers: Adrian Clark, Douglas Gillespie, Leslie Kraus, Marlena Penney Oden


Bright Land was commissioned by the The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, and The Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. Bright Land was supported in early development by a Creative Residency at ODC in San Francisco.

The Crooked Jades and KWCo Dancers. Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.