There’s an old misconception in the dance world that men create work and women perform it. According to Sugar Space founder and director Brittany Reese Dew, that sentiment is exactly why she developed Suite: Women Defining Space as an event that chooses three emerging women choreographers—Joan Mann, Emily Haygeman and Elise Woodruff—and provides them with rehearsal space, subsidized production and mentoring from previous participants.
“We created a women-specific series to advocate for women choreographers,” explains Reese Dew. “Historically, the largest funded choreographers and choreographic institutions are run by men and so we want to help where help is needed. A show like this says, ‘We value what you do, we want to see more and we will help in what way we can.’ … This kind of boost can have many positive repercussions, including artists themselves and audience [members] taking their art more seriously.”