Rose Woods Dance Collaborative (RWDC) is a performance art-focused dance theatre company founded by New England dancers and choreographers, Jenna Gross and Jillian MacLaughlin. Their work approaches social commentary through pantomime-inspired comedy and absurdism. The main focus of their choreographic work is to make serious topics into jokes and to take jokes seriously. Jenna and Jillian strive to bring New England comedic levity to dance. Their work brings together the excitement of full-bodied athleticism while maintaining dramatic physicality.
The movement behind “They Sat There, Feeling Happy Together: A Theatrical Modern Dance Performance” is inspired by the choreographers’ favorite childhood stories written by Jewish authors. The performance will highlight the work of Arnold Lobel (Frog and Toad), Shel Silverstein (Where the Sidewalk Ends & A Light in the Attic), and Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). RWDC will dive into the pages and allow audiences of all ages to escape to the whimsical worlds inside these iconic children’s classics.