Oklahoma Contemporary
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May 2-4, 2024 | Performances
May 4, 2024 | Free dance workshop

Te Ata Theater

This evening-length work walked the fuzzy, shag-carpet line between dance performance and narrative play, leaning into both text and movement to tell an abstracted version of a well-known fictional story of survival: Little Red Riding Hood. RED, from 2nd Best Dance Company, written, choreographed and directed by Hannah Garner, explored how we confront the many-faced “big bads” that lurk on our personal wooded paths by cycling through distinct characters, either true to the original story or entirely new. Four performers braved the unknown by way of spectacle, sentimentality, glamour, mortality and answering the phone.

Red text says "2nd Best Dance Company's RED"

Contemporary Technique Workshop with 2nd Best Dance Company

A free contemporary dance workshop with NYC-Based 2nd Best Dance Company. This class cycled through a grounded warm-up intended to organize the body, conditioning to further investigate use of tone and economical energy, sequential and momentum-based traveling material and culminated in a final phrase designed to continue your physical research of that day. This 90-minute shared practice was open to all levels. Modifications were welcome.

What is contemporary dance?

Contemporary dance stands out for its emphasis on individual expression, versatility, and the incorporation of diverse movement vocabularies. It is a dance style of expressive dance that has been able to combine features of several genres such as modern, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and classic ballet and more. Contemporary dance is continuously evolving.

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About the Creator

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Hannah Garner is a director, choreographer, dancer and co-founder of 2nd Best Dance Company. She has worked with artists like Doug Varone, Raja Feather Kelly, Sue Bernhard Danceworks and Megan Williams Dance in venues such as The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Park Avenue Armory and New York Live Arts. Garner’s work at 2nd Best Dance Company has been commissioned by Gibney Dance Inc, GroundWorks DanceTheater and Kizuna Dance, among others. In 2020, she was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine.

OKLD Horiz Full Color

This performance was sponsored in part by OK Let’s Dance, an initiative of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.


RED performers Courtney Barth, Hannah Garner, Will Noling, Ryan Yamauchi. Image courtesy of 2nd Best Dance Company.

Promotional logo for RED.

Hannah Garner. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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