Young at art: Rising choreography stars dance into Dumbo

Bending over backwards to make it work: Left, Logan Scharadin and dancer Dave Glista rehearse for “Dimensionalmindstranscend.”
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

She is dance-stepping out!

A young Bedford-Stuyvesant choreographer will debut a new work and her new dance company in a series of performances at White Wave Dance in Dumbo Oct. 23–26. Logan Scharadin said her company NomadMVMT, which formed in 2013, is comprised of other fresh-faced artists and performers like herself, all trying to make their own mark in the creative world.

“We are all young artists trying to make something new and innovative that we believe in as an artist collective,” said Scharadin, who recently graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase.

And they will be in good company — the performances are part of White Wave’s three-week Wave Rising Series, an annual festival that highlights 20 up-and-coming companies and choreographers from around the United States and the world.

Scharadin’s piece “Dimensionalmindstranscend” is a contemporary, mixed-media performance that includes a light emitting diode light installation and dancers decorated with body paint, which will be hand-painted on by artist Adam Bohemond. The piece is a psychedelic and spiritual journey, said Scharadin.

“It is my attempt to portray through performance a beautiful, complicated world that exists inside of my mind,” she said.

Bringing such an ambitious project from conception to the stage is no easy task for an emerging artist — but fortunately, Scharadin has had some help. She was one of the three choreographers in the festival accepted into White Wave’s rising choreographers residency program, through which she received 50 hours of rehearsal time in the company’s theater.

Providing these kinds of resources to young dance companies is a big part of the Wave Rising Series, according to White Wave Dance’s artistic director Young Soon Kim. It would cost a group like NomadMVMT at least $40,000 dollars to put on this kind of show in New York City by itself, she said. For the dance festival, White Wave takes care of non-artistic elements such as the venue and marketing, leaving the companies with the money and time to create, rehearse, and master their works.

Kim said she considers it a worthwhile investment — not just for White Wave, but for the good of the dance world for years to come.

“All of these companies will be the future of our contemporary dance,” she said.

“Dimensionalmindstranscend” at White Wave John Ryan Theater (25 Jay St. between John and Plymouth streets in Dumbo, www.white‌waved‌ance.com). Oct. 23 and Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Oct. 26 at 4 pm. $20–$30.

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