Saturday, August 27, 2011

Neither Transparent Nor Opaque

Venue: Meridian Stage
1932 S. Halsted

Performances (click to purchase):

Saturday, September 03, 2011 10:00 PM

Monday, September 05, 2011 8:30 PM

Thursday September 08, 2011 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 10, 2011 5:30 PM

Sunday, September 11, 2011 2:30 PM


RTDG delivers a diverse showcase of contemporary concert dance works choreographed by dance maker, Ray Terrill. This event marks the premiere of, ‘Litany’ a concept-rich, sensual and emotionally charged work which converges dynamic movement with an edgy and classic soundscape, wrapped around inspired, media-rich visual imagery. Crafted to invoke an experience that is neither transparent nor opaque, but instead expansive and quickening.


Ray Terrill Dance Group has been performing in and around the Twin Cities since Ray relocated in 1994. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Ray has extensive experience as performer, choreographer, teacher, presenter and arts program administrator. He started his professional modern dance career as a member of Repertory Dancers Northwest until relocating to Portland Oregon. There he eventually became co-artistic director of Oregon Dance Consort where he choreographed over 40 original works including guest artist commissions. In addition, he served as Executive Director of the Dance Coalition of Oregon for a three-year term. Since moving to the Twin Cities Ray spent five seasons as a member of the Christopher Watson Dance Company while establishing the Ray Terrill Dance Group. Proficient in classical modern dance technique he has evolved a style of his own described by critics as uniquely spiritual and lyrical on one hand while irreverent and quirky on the other.

Inspired by wide-ranging music styles he frequently explores provocative subject matter and complex emotion. Even so, he keenly mines his material to expose the universal human experience. Ray enjoys a parallel career as an executive producer developing rich-media interactive communications and distance learning solutions. Consequently his more recent work has incorporated video, animation, and text as a backdrop to extend his choreographic themes. Numerous government, foundation, and corporate arts funding agencies have generously supported his choreography and his dances have been presented in several venues including On the Boards, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, International Firehouse Cultural Center, Echo Theater, Festival of Physical Comedy, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Lakeville Performing Arts, Art on the Edge, Dances at the Lakes and several Minnesota Fringe Festivals.

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