RAY TERRILL | DANCE GROUP
Ray Terrill | Dance Group has been performing in and around the Twin Cities since Ray relocated in 1994. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Ray has extensive experience as performer, choreographer, teacher, presenter and arts program administrator. He started his professional modern dance career as a member of Repertory Dancers Northwest until relocating to Portland Oregon. There he eventually became co-artistic director of Oregon Dance Consort where he choreographed numerous original works for the company and several guest artist commissions with various producing organizations. In addition, he served as Executive Director of the Dance Coalition of Oregon 1991-1994. Since moving to the Twin Cities, Ray spent five seasons as a member of the Christopher Watson Dance Company while establishing the Ray Terrill Dance Group. Proficient in classical modern dance technique he has evolved a choreographic aesthetic described by critics as uniquely spiritual and lyrical on one hand while irreverent and quirky on the other.
Inspired by wide-ranging music styles he frequently explores provocative subject matter and complex emotion. Even so, he keenly mines his material to expose the universal human experience. Ray enjoys a parallel career as an executive producer developing rich-media interactive communications and distance learning solutions. Consequently his more recent work has incorporated video, animation, and text as a backdrop to extend his choreographic ideas. Numerous government, foundation and corporate arts funding agencies have generously supported his choreography and his dances have been presented in several venues including Seattle's On the Boards, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, International Firehouse Cultural Center, Echo Theater, Festival of Physical Comedy, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Lakeville Performing Arts, Art on the Edge, Dances at the Lake Festival, Chicago Fringe Festival and numerous Minnesota Fringe Festivals.