The Rosin Box Project moves into Arts District Liberty Station
by DAVE SCHWAB
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Bethany Green is one of The Rosin Box Project’s company dancers. COURTESY PHOTO
Bethany Green is one of The Rosin Box Project’s company dancers. COURTESY PHOTO
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Modern ballet has found a new home in Liberty Station.

The Rosin Box Project, San Diego’s innovative contemporary ballet company, recently set up shop at the Dorothea Laub Dance Place, 2650 Truxton Road, in Arts District Liberty Station. The company moved into the Point Loma facility on March 1.

“We are a small company, about nine dancers,” said Carly Topazio, artistic director/founder of nonprofit The Rosin Box Project. “This is the very first place that we can call ours. Before we never had a specific studio to ourselves. Our new studio is a really incredible environment. So many other dance companies, schools, and organizations are also in this very same building. It’s just an incredible location with everything that goes on in the Arts District.”

The Rosin Box Project’s mission is to elevate and enrich the arts in San Diego and beyond through uniquely curated contemporary ballet and dance performances from established and emerging world-class artists. The project aims to encourage artistic growth and exploration by creating a platform in which professional artists can collaborate and amplify their voices, permitting audiences new access to the transformative power of dance.

Topazio pointed out The Rosin Box Project uses the Laub Dance Place for rehearsals. Her ballet troop usually performs downtown at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center at 930 10th Ave.

Of Rosin Box’s style, Topazio said, “What we do is more contemporary, breaking the mold of traditional classical ballet, which is kind of the foundation for all dance forms including modern dance, jazz, and hip-hop. “

Added Topazio: “Because classical ballet can be somewhat intimidating, our shows are in small theaters that are more intimate. We really focus on how our artists, and our audience, experience dance. What our company really does is try to create performances and shows that are more accessible for an audience.”

A rosin box is unique to dancers. They are used in rehearsal studios and backstage in theaters on ballet performers' pointe shoes to create more friction to prevent slipping.

“At TRBP, every artist is united by the overwhelming drive to continue to create and share an art form that is so deeply rooted in each of us,” states The Rosin Box Project at therosinboxproject.com. “Our project is to create space for our community to grow and connect, creating greater bonds, deeper understandings, and helping to strengthen the fabric of our society.”

​Topazio, founded The Rosin Box Project in May 2018 to present an original and innovative artist-driven view on contemporary ballet. For the past three seasons, these efforts have culminated in consecutive sold-out performances, as well as national and international recognition.

Dance troop collaborations spotlight female and LGBTQIA artists, the development of a cutting-edge digital performance season, and new education and outreach programming. The Rosin Box Project has also officially been transitioned into a nonprofit arts organization.

​Despite trying times due to the global pandemic, The Rosin Box Project has spearheaded efforts to expand its stage to an online platform, giving people access to relevant and thought-provoking works from world-class talent in contemporary ballet. In 2020 it successfully curated an entire digital performance season in the form of live-streamed performances, a dance film festival, virtual ballet classes, and digital educational workshops for K-5 students aimed at cultivating a love for dance in young people.

“We are so grateful to our community’s generous support, and our board and staff know that making a home in Liberty Station is the right move,” said Thom Dancy, The Rosin Box Project’s managing director. “We are thrilled to utilize the resources on campus to expand the scope of our work like never before.”

Having access to a studio facilitates The Rosin Box Project’s plans for its upcoming summer season, which will bring about an exciting and immersive promenade theater event in July, and a weekend of all-new contemporary works in August. Both shows will be available for online viewing, as well as accommodate a limited number of audience members, adhering to CDC safety guidelines.

The company also hopes to expand its reach in education by offering open adult classes from its new home studio, both virtually and as in-person hybrid classes, when allowed.

Ballet is a formalized form of dance with its origins in the Italian Renaissance courts of 15th and 16th centuries. In the late 17th century, Louis XIV founded the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opera) within which emerged the first professional theatrical ballet company, the Paris Opera Ballet. Theatrical ballet soon became an independent form of art, although still frequently maintaining a close association with opera, and spread from the heart of Europe to other nations. 

Upcoming performances of The Rosin Box Project are July 9-10, most likely at Liberty Station, and Aug. 19 -22 at Tenth Avenue Arts Center downtown. Both performances are also being offered virtually. More information about upcoming performances are at therosinboxproject.com.

 

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