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Sasso & Company Presents: Deeply Rooted this February!!

Sasso & Company is excited to announce that we will be hosting our semi-annual shared performance series, Deeply Rooted this February at The Dance Complex Julie Ince Thompson Theatre in Cambridge!

 

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This season, the company has been hard at work in the studio creating brand new, world premiere choreography based on the psychological theory of attachment. Additionally, the women of Sasso & Company have collaboratively explored how these relationships impact our daily lives.

What is attachment theory? How is it portrayed in Deeply Rooted?

Deeply Rooted explores the nature of attachment and our visceral reactions to such relationships. In psychology, attachment theory attempts to describe the dynamics of long-term and short-term interpersonal relationships between humans. Moreover, the feeling of security, anxiety, and/or apathy has a direct relationship to how our bodies react to one another. Deeply Rooted deconstructs attachment through movement, gesture, and soulful dance expression.

Deeply Rooted will showcase two world premiere pieces as well as fan favorite company repertory. As part of the company’s mission to create a greater sense of connectivity in the Boston dance community, Sasso & Company has the honor to be presenting the work of eight local artists and companies.

We are excited to share our journey with our muse, attachment, and have invited these artists to create work based on this theme. Further, we are overjoyed to be sharing this work collectively with live audiences in Boston in just under one month.

I invite you to take part in our journey and read a bit more about our performances. I cannot wait to see you in the audience!!

Sasso & Company is excited to be presenting the work of:

Five artists on Friday, February 23rd:

  • Boston Community Dance Project
  • Layne Willis
  • Lynn & Paul Dance
  • Nozama Dance Collective
  • Raquelle’s Dance Company

And four artists on Saturday, February 24th:

  • Abilities Dance
  • Colleen Roddy and Dancers
  • Erin McNulty
  • Lea D’Arminio

Performance and Ticket Information:

  • Tickets: deeplyrooted2018.eventbrite.com
    $20 advanced/$25 at the door (General Admission);
    $18 advanced /$20 at the door (BDA/Student/Senior/Military/DCTA & DCWS)
  • When: Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24, 2018; Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm
  • Where: The Dance Complex, Julie Ince Thompson Theatre (Red line T accessible via Central Square, Parking available on Green Street)

About Sasso & Company

Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Lacey Sasso, Sasso & Company is a Boston-based contemporary dance company. Sasso & Company creates innovative contemporary dance that blends sassy jazz and heartfelt gestures with unexpected rhythmic interpretations.

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Call to Artists: Come Dance with Us in February!

Thank you for your interest in performing with Sasso & Company in our annual Performance Series!

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We are looking for established contemporary and modern dance artists from the Boston community to share an exciting variety of work with new and returning audiences. Sasso & Company aims to further the sense of connectivity in our local dance community through this collaborative performance opportunity.

Following two sold out evenings of Dancing the Distance, Sasso & Company is back to share Deeply Rooted with you!

Deeply Rooted explores the nature of attachment and our visceral reactions to such relationships. In psychology, attachment theory attempts to describe the dynamics of long-term and short-term interpersonal relationships between humans. Moreover, the feeling of security, anxiety, and/or apathy has a direct relationship to how our bodies react to one another. Deeply Rooted deconstructs attachment through movement, gesture, and soulful dance expression.

Sasso & Company invites you to propose a new work or revisit an old work that connects to this theme and, if chosen, share the stage with us in February 2018!

What you need to know:

  • Proposed works may not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Technical needs should be minimal; basic lights and sound will be available, any props are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Each artist will be allotted a tech/dress time slot (TBD).
  • Each artist/company will be responsible for selling a total of 10 tickets at $25/ticket to the performance. If tickets are not sold, then the artist/company is responsible for paying the remainder of the ticket cost.
  • For any tickets sold above the 10 required, artists will be compensated 25% of the face value of the ticket.
  • Deadline to apply: January 15, 2018

Find out more about Sasso & Company.

Performance Information:

When: Friday, February 23 or Saturday, February 24, 2018*

Doors open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8pm

— Tech date and time TBD

Where: The Dance Complex; Cambridge, MA

*Artists will be invited to perform on one of these dates; preferences taken into consideration on our application form


How to apply?

Please fill out this form by January 15th, 2018 to be considered.  For questions, please contact Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso: sassoandcompany@gmail.com

 


Sasso & Company 2018 Winter Workshop

Interested in furthering your dance training and performing alongside professional dancers?

Join Sasso & Company on Saturday, January 20th for a one day intensive workshop at The Dance Complex in Cambridge!!

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Photo Credit: Grace Stauffer Photography

This one day intensive provides advanced students ages 11-18 the opportunity to train with leaders and innovators in the field of professional contemporary dance.  Faculty members include Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso, and Senior Company Member Colleen Roddy.

Students will focus on contemporary and jazz technique while having a unique opportunity to learn and perform Sasso & Company repertory.

What makes this workshop different?

Students will learn Sasso & Company’s unique movement style that blends the elegant lines of ballet with the sassy, rhythmic movements of jazz dance and quirky gestures that are a signature of Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso’s work.

The workshop will close with an informal showing of Sasso & Company repertory performed by the students, followed by a sneak peak performance of a world premiere work featuring Sasso & Company’s senior members.

Registration Details

Who: Advanced Contemporary and Pre-Professional dancers aged 11-18

Where: The Dance Complex, Studio 1 (Parking available on Green Street; Red Line T  to Central Square)

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018; 10:30am – 3:00pm

Cost: $50 Early Bird registration through December 31, 2017; $70 Full Price Fee on or after January 1, 2018

To Register: Fill in the form at the bottom of this post.  Submit payment online or contact Lacey (sassoandcompany@gmail.com) for details to send a check.  On the day of the workshop, please sign a liability waiver upon drop-off.

Class Schedule

10:30 – 11:00 Check In

11:00 – 12:00 Jazz Technique

12:00 – 1:00 Contemporary Technique

1:00 – 1:10 Break

1:10 – 2:10 Sasso & Company Repertory

2:10 – 2:30 Improvisation and Performance Preparation

2:30 – 3: 00 Informal Performance of Sasso & Company Repertory* by Workshop students & Sneak Peak Performance by Sasso & Company senior members

*Family members are welcome to arrive at 2:30 to be seated for a brief informal performance

 Meet The Instructors

LaceySasso_Headshot_WorkshopLacey Sasso is the founder and Artistic Director of Sasso & Company, a Boston-based contemporary dance company. She has recently been on faculty at Boston University teaching contemporary jazz. Lacey attended Missouri State University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology. Lacey spent six seasons with Undertoe Dance Project (NYC) where she served not only as the Jazz Captain, but she was also the resident Jazz teaching artist. Her choreography was presented in the annual New York Season, Astoria Dance Festival, and Undertoe Dance Festival. In Boston, Lacey was a member and featured choreographer for Six One Seven Dance Collective for four seasons. In 2015 Lacey graduated from William James College with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Lacey has spent the last two years living in the United Kingdom. She has been on staff with the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step into Dance, Montage Theatre Arts, Kew Dance Arts, and SOTO Dance. Lacey has recently returned to Boston where she is on staff with South Shore Ballet Theatre and continues to direct Sasso & Company.

Colleen Roddy HeadshotColleen Roddy is currently in her third season with Sasso & Company serving as both a Senior Company Member and the company’s Rehearsal Director. Colleen received her early training at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance under the direction of Gloria Jean Cumming and Stacy Eastman and New Haven Ballet under the direction of Phillip Otto. She received her B.S. in Health Studies and Minor in Dance as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Most recently, Colleen completed her DPT Academic Practicum Project entitled: Project B.I.N.D.: Inclusion Hip Hop Dance Class at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. As a member of the USA Dance Team, she has performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC and competed across the U.S. and Germany at the World Dance Championships receiving the Gold medal as a soloist and team member. Colleen has received recognition for her work including Young Choreographer Awards from American Dance Awards and North American Dance Championships. Since 2013, she has had the honor to present her work at the American College Dance Festival, Urbanity Next Residency Series, Jose Mateo Dance Festival, BU Dance Faculty Concert, BU Dance Showcase, and Kelley Donovan’s Third Life Choreographer’s Series. Colleen now serves on the faculty at Boston University in both the Children and Adult Dance Divisions, and as a guest teacher and choreographer across several New England schools. She has performed with Six One Seven Dance Collective, BoSoma2, Urbanity Underground, Transit Dance Company, and as a back-up dancer for SNL Comedian, Hannibal Buress.

Questions? Please contact: sassoandcompany@gmail.com

Register NOW before space fills up!

We look forward to dancing with you in January!

Complete checkout: Buy tickets for Sasso & Company Winter Workshop 


Dancing The Distance with Sasso & Company this April!

As with any artistic project, what you start out to create takes on a life of its own and turns into exactly what it is meant to be.

While the creative journey may take a different path than originally expected, I find that the destination generally remains the same.  It is what we discover along the journey that clarifies our true intentions. Continue reading


Call to Artists – Come Dance with Us in April

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Thank you for your interest in performing with Sasso & Company in our annual Spring Performance Series!

We are looking for established contemporary and modern dance artists from the Boston community to share an exciting variety of work with new and returning audiences. Sasso & Company aims to further the sense of connectivity in our local dance community through this collaborative performance opportunity. Continue reading