Debut of longtime Company Member and Rehearsal AssistantRead Hanna Brictson's Full Profile
Beast is Company Member + Rehearsal Assistant Hanna Brictson‘s choreographic debut with River North Dance Chicago, featuring all six female dancers of the Company. The Princess Grace Award nominee and Elgin native has been a featured performer for River North since 2004. She served as choreographic assistant during the creation of “Havana Blue,” a collaboration between RNDC’s Chaves and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s Orbert Davis. Set to a mixed compilation of music by Kangding Ray, Locust and Keith Kenniff, “Beast” speaks to female empowerment, the thrill of perseverance and the exhilarating sensation of overcoming the impossible.
Says Brictson, “”My inspiration for’ Beast’ has come from an accumulation of moments in my life. The piece is truly inspired by the growth and ownership I have as a women. I want the audience to connect deep within themselves to their own moments where they grew an inch taller, dug a foot deeper, and challenged what they thought was their limit, both emotionally and physically. I want everyone to feel touched by the dancers’ beauty and vulnerability.”
“This has been a long time coming,” said Artistic Director Chaves. “Hanna is one of our city’s rising young talents. Her history with the company is long and vast, having been an apprentice, a company member, rehearsal assistant and now a featured contributor to our increasingly diverse repertoire. Her gifts are immeasurable. We’re overjoyed that her first piece for the company will be taking place on the prestigious Auditorium stage.”