REDi Dance Company is a community of storytellers that explores the power of contributing to society with the body. The company presents dance-theater works that fuse House, Latin dance and Modern dance. The company advocates for interpersonal understanding and healing connections. REDi Dance Company supports the health and wellness of The Bronx through community based programming.
No Haven depicts the childhood of two Bronx raised preteens in 2003. While highlighting their innocence and excitement for reggaeton and pop culture, the work explores how some memories of childhood are tied to the most traumatic ones. The young women use dance to nature themselves and navigate their circumstances as victims of abuse.
This work speaks to the ways in which we adjust and
sacrifice parts of ourselves to accommodate people in professional and public settings. It also questions what we sacrifice in our own culture/communities. How are we code switching to live up to the standards of “our own people”? How does white supremacy reflected in different spaces?
DRINK UP BABY
The piece confronts the unrealistic standards set on women and the unhealthy measures taken to achieve perfection.
The piece was inspired by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The piece is a conversation on survival and a call to uplift one another despite tragedy. “Vivid” expresses the many challenges and relationships that arise due to great loss. The work addresses vulnerability, distance, comfort and hope. This piece infuses body percussion, house and dance-theatre to illustrate a small community in need of revitalization through love and understanding.
LAND OF CONCRETE
This full length ensemble production gives a unique opportunity to consider how we determine self worth. It brings movement to the idea of broken down machinery in a capitalist society. While honoring productivity and development, this piece reminds us that we are enough and that we are valued even in our season of “nothingness.” The inspiration came from Alan Fadling’s An Unhurried Life.
A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage, a Pandemic Birth, a Proposition to Build Better
Beverly Lopez is a dancer, choreographer and educator. She is the founding Artistic Director of REDi Dance Company. Beverly earned a BFA in Multi-Media/Performing Arts at Herbert H. Lehman College. She is the founder of the REDi Dance Junior Company, a preprofessional teen ensemble, and the Dance Bridge Workshop, a 5-day summer dance intensive for Bronx teens. Beverly continues to build her company with an urgency to form healing connections. She currently works as a teaching artist at the DreamYard Project.
Beverly most recently presented dance films as a member of the arts collective Dancing La Botanica: La Tierra Vive, a platform supported by Pepatian Bronx. She has presented work at New York City festivals, including WAXworks, Triskelion Arts’ Comedy and Dance Festival, Collective Thread, and BAAD! ASS Women Festival. Most recent performances as a dancer include “Mo Nife Re” by Beatrice Capote, I Am Pulse by Sekou Mcmiller at Hostos, Move to Change at Oberia Dempsey Theatre, Collective Thread at Dixon Place, Land of Concrete at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Monopoly: The Land Lord’s Game at Mark Morris Dance Center, Harlem Voices at the Harlem school of the Arts, and Bountiful by Luis Salgado at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center.
In 2018 Beverly choreographed the production of Electricidad, by Luis Alfaro, at Lehman College under the direction of Claudia Acosta. In the past she worked as the Dance Education Associate at the AATT Academy at BAAD!, and as the Program Manager for Daniel Fetecua Production's youth program at iD Studio Theatre.
Madelyn Sher is a multidisciplinary artist and producer, born and raised in New York City. Her choreography has been presented at Theater for the New City, SMUSH Gallery, MERDE at The Footlight, annex:art (New Mexico), Downtown Art, The Baumann, Triple 9 Festival, and Triskelion Arts. She has collaborated with composers including Daniel Johnson, Leo Hardman-Hill, and Adam O'Farrill. Madelyn has danced for Vangeline Theater, Svea Schneider, Rina Espiritu, Beverly Lopez/RediDance, Ni'Ja Whitson, and others. Madelyn is a member of Zoo City, an interdisciplinary New York-based art collective & production team that recently produced Groundswell Series, a site-specific outdoor dance festival. She has been an artist-in-residence at annex:art (San Fidel, New Mexico) and at Triple Nine Festival (Gowanus, Brooklyn). Madelyn's short dance film, Looking Inwood, won her the Promising Filmmaker Award at CUNY Film Festival 2018. She currently dances for Amirov Dance Theater and Molly Gorin.
Favorite color: Rainbow
Hometown/Reside: The Bronx
Genesis Perdomo Santos is a Bronx-based movement artist interested in the intersection between afro-latin social dances and somatics. She received her BA in dance from Hunter College and is a current member of REDi Dance Company. She has performed with Kim Elliott Dance and has also performed in several Public Works shows in the iconic Delacorte Theater.
Jajoné Cuff is pursuing her undergraduate degree at Montclair State University. She trained in New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is an aspiring artist, focusing on photography, clothing design, and other areas of visual art.
Beverly Lopez is a sponsored artist with Performance Zone Inc (dba The Field), a not-for-profit, tax-exempt,501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community. Contributions to The Field earmarked forBeverly Lopez are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.