Octavia Cup Dance Theatre is a contemporary ballet company devoted to kicking some dance ass and entertaining people. The choreography and staging challenge both the dancers and the audience to delve a little deeper into their own shadows and mirrors with a sense of humor and absurdity.
The choreography is usually on pointe, but the movement expands well beyond the conventional forms of ballet as so clearly stated by Jack Anderson from the New York Times “instead of having dancers skim with balletic grace, she often had them stagger”. The company collaborates with other New York based artists to create multi-layered spectacles rich with imagery, feelings, and ideas. Each piece is presented in a nonlinear kaleidoscopic manner, providing drama and resonance, reaching into secret soul spaces that thrum beneath the surface of everyday life.
An East Village resident, Laura Ward, founded Octavia Cup Dance Theatre in 1998. Current dancers are Georgina Aragon, Cassie Roberts, Hiroko Uchino, Buddy Valdez, Laura Ward and Natalia.