Red Ribbons ~ The Story Behind Rubans Rouges Dance Company
by Noelle Rose Andressen
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Have you not heard? Have you not seen? Do you not know the story of RED RIBBONS? My story is not unlike many other women's stories who've been through this travesty. The names are different, the locations vary, but one thing that is common: innocence was lost--innocence was shattered. And that precious child's life will never be the same again. This story is my story. . .(READ MORE BY DOWNLOADING STORY ABOVE)
Red Ribbons & Memories Dance Concert - August 2013
Ms. Andressen would finally get the chance to complete her passionate vision with the 55 minute long version of the entire piece "Red Ribbons". The epic saga was finally presented in its full form with beautiful lighting design, dedicated dancers, and her mentors present (who first saw the original 4 minute piece through) and other family & friends that were undoubtedly touched by the telling of the tragedy of sexual child abuse. It was a beautiful night set against a canvas of love. Since then, this piece has been performed in its entirety many times and excerpted. In 2018 Ms. Andressen would continue on with the saga and present the #SecondAct which unveils the beauty that was discovered after the triumph over tragedy. This extended version & expanded vision has become a full length dance drama/theatrical musical.
About Rubans Rouges® & Rubans Rouges Dance™ - Based in: Los Angeles - New York - Europe
Rubans Rouges (roo 'bon rooj), French for Red Ribbons founded in 2009 by dancer-choreographer: Noelle Rose Andressen. Ms. Andressen merged her two artistic passions: dance & film on stage and screen with her contemporary modern ballet dance company and her husband's Emmy nominated music score to develop a breakthrough piece: "(Shattered Innocence) Red Ribbons". From there she has developed dance performance pieces with passion and theatrical artistry to give people HOPE. We explore the human condition through narrative story lines and delving into controversial subject matter at times to BE A LIGHT in the darkness. (READ BELOW how the company was named.) We beckon you through our multi-media "Dance Drama"™ to "Feel the Experience"™. Rubans Rouges is also known for producing great theatrical musicals #Fight4LOVE which combines all the performance arts: such as Film, Theatre, Dance, and of course song and music! Make no mistake: Rubans Rouges is Red Ribbons and we dance about many things but primarily known for standing up against sexual childhood abuse and sexual, emotional, mental, physical abuse.
THE SPIRIT:of Rubans Rouges can be seen in the lavish use of provocative set design & lighting schemes, high fashion costume design (when appropriate) and the artistic applications of scenery and props. The desire is to have dance pieces of high artistic value, and also be entirely accessible and enjoyable to the audience. A vast majority of the music of Rubans Rouges Dance is skillfully crafted by Ms. Andressen's husband Kristopher, an Emmy nominated composer. His score is the beautiful emotional tapestry in which the dancers move to. We proudly incorporate dancers with disabilities, all religions, races & cultures, all shapes & sizes, disabilities, all identities, all ages from 17-77 + . We like to see our ensemble a myriad of colors & textures like a rainbow's beauty that arcs across the sky as a reminder of LOVE and HOPE. While we are primarily known for RED RIBBONSthe epic saga in which Ms. Noelle Rose Andressen shares her sexual childhood abuse story, we dance about many other subjects and stories that audiences love, enjoy and are entertained by such as: The Silent Rose; Cello Concerto; Rose Water; ROSEWOOD (cancer); Fight For LOVE!; and many more beloved titles.
Mission:To have each audience member connect on several different levels to these creations; the mind to understand the intent and get you to think, the heart to feel the depths of the emotional content and heal, and the soul to be ennobled to new enriching heights of creativity. The vessel in which our multi-media "Dance Drama"™ is presented incorporates true life stories told via: dance, movement arts, film, theater, books, and many other multi-media aspects. Most of these true life stories originate from Ms. Andressen's experiences in which she has written books. These books are then turned into dances, scripts, films, marketing, performances, theatrical events, children's book series with morals to the stories, art pieces (paintings, sketches, sculptures) etc. You not only get to see and "Feel the Experience"™, you also get to read about it too which makes this company a fully immersive artisan expression that takes you deeper to further understand the story.
Outreach & Charity:are a trademark of our company as we desire to do good for the world and its inhabitants. Highly supportive of helping other artists and reciprocating to further share performance venues in a non-competitive atmosphere that cultivates community and camaraderie internationally. This company while founded and strongly based in promoting healing after being sexually, physically, emotionally abused (this includes trafficking as well), we use the multi-media arts and productions to share about other subject matters that plague and trouble our society in hopes to help others overcome their personal tragedies.
Where We've Performed:Rubans Rouges Dance has performed internationally at professional and intimate venues and performances throughout. Some of our credits include: Nevada Ballet Theatre's Performing Arts Center in Las Vegas; Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater; Pierce Performing Arts Center; Moorpark Performing Arts Center; CPR in NY; Madrid Theatre; DIAVOLO Performance Space; SoCal Dance Invitational; Los Angeles Dance Festival; Miles Memorial Playhouse; Center Stage Theatre in St Barbara; ARC Pasadena; London; Mexico; and many fine festivals.
About Our: Showcases, Dance Concerts, Galas, Evenings of Dance & Festivals
We love our audience & community. We want to continue to bring high quality performances to the various communities in which we share our work. Our ensemble has played to SOLD OUT audiences regularly. Past Galas: Red Ribbons Gala; Empowered Woman Gala, 5 Year Anniversary Gala.
Awakenings & Beginnings International Dance Festival™ (official trademark)
This is an annual dance festival that incorporates professional, seasoned choreographers who desire to further awaken their craft and present new works; and also for the professional emerging artists who wish to share their artistic beginnings along with the mid-career artist who continues to create. Submission based with a few invites to those companies who've enraptured our hearts with their work. Traditionally held at Diavolo Space in downtown Los Angeles in the Brewery Arts Center and other venues. If you have a festival, we love reciprocating performance ops.
Every summer in a theater setting Rubans Rouges Dance presents a concert length work and is accompanied by 4 other professional companies. Invite-Only - not a festival.
Our Repertoire Concert
This is all original work that is exclusive to Rubans Rouges Dance Company & its ensembles. It is currently featured in the Summer Series.
An inspiring and spiritually uplifting program incorporating the youth in our community for a pre-show and celebrating cultural diversity. Currently featured in the Summer Series & "Awakenings & Beginnings INternational Dance Festival". MOSAICTM is about putting all the pieces back together to form a beautiful piece of expression. From shards to completed works of art: MOSAICTM.
An evening of works in progress in an intimate studio setting. This also serves as a company fundraiser.
Our Dance Films
Having been successful indie and Emmy nominated film producers, writers and music composers, dance on film is an integral part of our multi-media dance company. These productions are short term. We hold auditions specifically to cast for these parts. This is very separate from our touring dance ensembles (pro & pre-pro). We occasionally choose dancers and performers from these ensembles. We also use the film production aspect of our company to create dramatic and cinematic film projections to incorporate in our formal dance concerts. Some have been seen in dance festivals, on TV, YouTube, and served as "B" roll for other productions. Our films are meant to inspire and encourage and to reveal the human spirit as indomitable and precious. These films are told in many ways including: allegorical, literal, figurative and narrative. We use traditional film making, experimental, animation, and forms of AI.
Dancers & Performers for the 2018 Season - Our Ensembles:
Kids-Junior: Little Red Ribbons™ Ensemble (Levels 1-3)
Pre-Pro: Red Ribbons™ Ensemble
Professional: Rubans Rouges™ Ensemble
AUDITION NOTICE: We are reaching out to all of our dancers from the past provided we had a good working relationship and we're pleased to say that 99% of the time this is true. If you have danced for us in the past, please connect with us, we'd like to bring you back as part of our ten year celebration.
What we are looking for: Professional, experienced dancers, minimum 3 years performance experience, male and female dancers well versed in modern and contemporary with a strong ballet background. Skills required - mandatory: partnering, lifts, athletic abilities, Horton technique preferred. You MUST continue to take class, and also attend company class. If you don't meet the requirements for our pro ensemble company, we do have a pre-pro touring ensemble that you may also audition for. Please refer to our AUDITION PAGE at RUBANS ROUGES DANCE for updates. We also work with actors and musicians. Dancers can be part of either ensembles in the company or hired per project. We are interested in artists who desire to make our company their "home" and a priority with performances. We've worked with some of the finest artists and artistic technicians. To verify a past dancer's credits with our company, please contact our office.
Community Outreaches & Programs
Rubans Rouges Dance Company takes pride in the community and sees people as blessings. To give back to this wonderful world, our dance tribe reaches out to share the gift of dance.