| about |
The Gray is a Seattle based dance company that focus’ on researching dance and its interaction with the modern audience. We use the creative process to develop advanced works of dance that collaborate with our desire to speak to and provide art for new and current dance audiences. We do not aim to change the minds of the public, but instead focus on discovering and embracing new ways of creating a relationship with dance in these rapidly evolving times. We are passionate about pairing the integrity of the art form with the service of the art and are curious about how our work can continue to evolve in order to better meet the needs of our society.
“For a while there, I had fallen out of love with dance. How could it hold value in a world with so many pressing matters? What was its purpose beyond a self-serving drive?
The birth of my first son was my personal path back to the art form. My passion for his life, really all lives, to be driven by empathetic creativity, the kind of creativity that dance can fuel, was what guided my desire to return to dance. It is why I create with the audience perspective leading the way. It is why I am curious about the audience’s needs and how to better foster a connection with them.
Dance matters because human connection matters, pleasure matters, and empathetically guided innovation matters.”
-Beth Terwilleger, Artistic Director|Choreographer, The Gray
| mission |
The mission of The Gray is to cultivate empathy in audiences by first empathizing with the audience themselves.
The company is focused on creating art that expands the mind, allowing for the experience of new perspectives and new ideas in a supportive way. The Gray approaches this mission by focusing their curiosity on the people’s needs and what can be done to fulfill these needs in order to create a more enriching humanity. Art that is driven and informed by the perspectives of many will be an art that is better able to inspire innovation and lead the public to a more humane place.