Since the gallery function on this WordPress blog page leaves something to be desired, I’ve deleted that part of the initial post and redone these Dogtown pics. Hope this is a better way to navigate what really is a beautiful use of a reinvigorated space. You can still click through to see larger versions on our Flickr account or Facebook page.
Dogtown Dance Theater, Richmond – Hooping, hopes and more. Ground Zero Dance Company is using the newly renovated building for local productions, auditions, classes and community-building. They also used the original architectural drawings and created a tribute “in bloom” to the project designers.
In September, Watershed needed current photos of the project so the RVA Hoop Lovers were kind enough to let us invade their space and document some moves. Click through the links below to learn more about the original project design, the dance company who now calls the place home, and the RVA Hoop Lovers who were kind enough to share their time and talent while we roamed the catwalks and halls.
For the past ten years, a current of interest in the reincarnation of the 67-year old vacant Bainbridge School Gymnasium as a lively center for community enrichment has been slowly and steadily emerging. Formerly a gymnasium with ancillary classrooms serving the adjacent Maury School, the proposed new use will soon open its doors as Dogtown Dance Theatre. By incorporating on and off site salvaged materials into the design we stay true to the spirit of its original function and historical context. We honor the building as a work of art into itself: all new structure is made primarily of recycled content steel engaging the building in a manner that is distinct and designed for deconstruction. The design utilizes natural ventilation with an emphasis on improving the environmental quality for the dancers as well as the audience members. From its current state of gradual decay, Dogtown Dance Theatre will blossom into a locus of community and cultural vibrancy, with a physical vigor not unlike that of its former heyday.