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#31 sandik

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:00 PM

Seattle Dance Project was founded by Julie Tobiason and Tim Lynch, and although Tobiason is on leave from the company, Lynch is still there

SEATTLE DANCE PROJECT LAUNCHES “PROJECT 5”

Features new musical collaboration with The Inverse Opera, featuring Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes


SEATTLE, WA (January 4, 2011) – The critically acclaimed Seattle Dance Project launches its fifth season with “Project 5”, a collection of new works and returning favorites, performed at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre’s Falls Theater from January 19 – 29, 2012. Seattle Dance Project was recently named resident dance company at ACT after performing there annually since its first season. Tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from $20-$25 and included in the ACTPass monthly membership.

Staged in partnership with ACT’s Central Heating Lab, Project 5 will be headlined by Brahms Afoot, a new, multidisciplinary collaboration with The Inverse Opera, a group that explores the unique storytelling aspects of the classically trained voice.

Brahms Afoot seamlessly weaves together musicians, voices and bodies to create a breathtaking production. It is choreographed by Penny Hutchinson, a founding member of Mark Morris Dance Company, and set to the timeless music of Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes,” (or “Love Song Waltzes”). The virtuoso vocalists and pianists of The Inverse Opera will present a uniquely contemporary interpretation of this exquisite masterpiece of chamber music, providing a rich backdrop for the dancers’ performance.

Project 5 also will feature a world premiere by choreographer and former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member Jason Ohlberg. The piece is a mixture of music, movement and spoken word, incorporating audio from dancer interviews into the score.

To round out the program, Seattle Dance Project will bring back a number of audience favorites from past seasons, including “Planes in Air,” by Molissa Fenley, which debuted in SDP’s 2010-11 season, and Edwaard Liang’s “To Converse Too” and Kent Stowell’s “B6,” both from SDP’s 2009-10 season.

Project 5 will run on two consecutive weekends in January. Performances include:
· January 19 at 8 p.m. (pay-what-you-will dress rehearsal)
· January 20 at 8 p.m. (opening night)
· January 21 at 8 p.m.
· January 22 at 2:00 p.m.
· January 27 at 8:00 p.m.
· January 28 at 8:00 p.m.
· January 29 at 2 p.m.

On January 26 and 27 at noon, the company will offer two student matinees for school children. Tickets for this special matinee are $12 per student and can be purchased through the ACT box office. Contact info@seattledanceproject.org for more information.

Other special features of “Project 5” include a pre-show talk by members of The Inverse Opera, 45 minutes prior to each performance. They will talk about the love story that is the Liebeslieder Waltzes. A passionate Romantic, Johannes Brahms wrote the set of waltzes for four singers and four-hand piano while enamored with Julie Schumann, daughter of composers and musicians Robert and Clara Schumann. The work has been popular since its publication in 1869. The pre-performance talk will significantly enhance the audience’s experience with the music and dance of Brahms Afoot before they see it on stage.

Both the dancers and musicians will also offer a post-performance Q & A with audiences after each show, with the exception of January 29.

Following the January 29 performance, Seattle Dance Project invites audience members to join the dancers and musicians for an after-party to celebrate the company’s fifth season.

For tickets and more information about “Project 5”, visit the Seattle Dance Project website at www.seattledanceproject.org, The Inverse Opera’s website at www.theinverseopera.com or the ACT Theatre website at www.acttheatre.org. Tickets are $25 (adults), $20 (students/seniors/25 and younger) or included in the ACTPass. ACT is located at 7th and Union in downtown Seattle.

About Seattle Dance Project
Seattle Dance Project (www.seattledanceproject.org) was founded in 2007 and is currently led by artistic director Timothy Lynch. The company seeks to use the technical prowess and professional maturity of its dancers to continually push the limits of contemporary dance. Lynch formerly danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and is a current faculty member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In addition to Lynch, company performers include: David Alewine, Betsy Cooper, Michele Curtis, Ezra Dickinson, Alexandra Dickson, Oleg Gorboulev, Iyun Harrison, Gavin Larsen and Lara Seefeldt. Reflecting Seattle Dance Project’s commitment to high quality performing arts, all company members are active teachers in the Seattle dance community. The company was also recently named resident dance company for A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle.

About The Inverse Opera
Created by Seattle-based actor/singers Jadd Davis and Lauren Marie Smith with Jared Michael Brown, The Inverse Opera strives to fill the niche between opera and musical theater, using the voice to its fullest extent, and disregarding preconceived limitations. Since officially forming in January of 2011, The Inverse Opera has provided myriad opportunities for singers and audiences to enjoy unique programs in intimate monthly cabarets throughout King County. Through collaboration with top-tier artists and adventuresome venues, Inverse has been able to fill a truly special niche in the fabric of the region’s performing arts.

About ACT: A Theatre of New Ideas - Raising Consciousness Through Theatre
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle and serving a population of curious, open-minded, and brave audiences, ACT - A Contemporary Theatre is the only theatre in Seattle dedicated to producing contemporary work with promising playwrights and local performing artists since 1965. A theatre of new ideas, ACT serves as a cultural engine that makes plays, dance, music, and film that touch us through its annual Mainstage play series and new works generated from the Young Playwrights Program, The Hansberry Project, the Central Heating Lab, and New Works for the American Stage commissioning program. Because contemporary life demands examination, ACT is driven to inspire and strengthen our diverse community through works that advance our understanding of human life. With more than 100,000 people who attend shows annually, ACT is an interactive community where artists and the public witness, contemplate, and engage in dialogue on today’s thought-provoking issues, ideas and art, presented with intelligence, insight, and humor.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:07 AM

And here's something from the other PNB alumni project, opening the same weekend. Olivier Wevers' Whim W'him group went to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in NYC last week, to showcase one of his new works and make connections to groups that might present WW on tour, and had a great reception.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:18 PM

In the Links section today there's an announcement that Wade Walthall is now directing the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre -- I followed a few links and found that the company and its school are in Snellville GA, which seems to be a suburb of Atlanta.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:54 PM

Jordan Pacitti, who started his fragrance business while still a member of the company through the support of the Second Stage program -- I'm pretty much addicted to his Mojito and Coconut Lemongrass candles -- also trained as an esthetician and is now branching out in several ways: first by offering facials and second with the beginning of a new skin care products line.

Congratulations to him, and many bravos to the Second Stage program :flowers:

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:25 PM

Not sure if people saw this mention of Kara Zimmerman at the Joffrey

"Kara Zimmerman, with her striking features and hard-to-believe hyperextension, is present and knowable like never before and maybe even a bit dangerous."

I know she left PNB in part to get some bigger, better parts, and it looks like she has continued to grow!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:43 AM

Olivier Wevers is choreographing new work for Grand Rapids Ballet, headed by former PNB star Patricia Barker, as part of its two-program "Movemedia" series, to be performed in March and April.

http://www.mlive.com...mpany_br_1.html

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:33 PM

Olivier Wevers is choreographing new work for Grand Rapids Ballet, headed by former PNB star Patricia Barker, as part of its two-program "Movemedia" series, to be performed in March and April.

http://www.mlive.com...mpany_br_1.html


And the second week of this program is also going to include choreography by Barker herself. I wonder if there is someone on Ballet Alert that lives near Grand Rapids and could report back on the performances...

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:31 AM

Gavin Larsen, who danced with Oregon Ballet Theatre until 2010 and is on the school faculty, will teach in the Shreeveport (Louisiana) Metropolitan Ballet summer program:

http://dance.broadwa...ogram-20120406#

I saw the notice about Maraval and was curious about his choice -- before he left PNB he'd mentioned in an interview that one of the reasons he went to Montreal was a chance for his children to live in a French-speaking environment, which I don't think is part of Naples, Florida!


I just found this:

(Quebec has North America’s largest francophone community, Florida the second largest),


http://www.eflorida....al.aspx?id=1472

I thought Louisiana had the largest francophone community in the US, but I was wrong.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:02 PM


I saw the notice about Maraval and was curious about his choice -- before he left PNB he'd mentioned in an interview that one of the reasons he went to Montreal was a chance for his children to live in a French-speaking environment, which I don't think is part of Naples, Florida!


I just found this:

[font=Arial][size=2][size=4](Quebec has North America’s largest francophone community, Florida the second largest)[/size],[/size][/font]


http://www.eflorida....al.aspx?id=1472

I thought Louisiana had the largest francophone community in the US, but I was wrong.


Wow -- I had no idea. I wonder how that developed?

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:07 PM

I would have thought Louisiana, having once been a French colony, but no.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 02:14 AM

According to this article in Seattle Weekly, Kari Brunson and her SO, Brendin Myett, have opened up an "urban juicery", Sundays from 11am-3pm at Seattle Community College on Capitol Hill, "will also be making appearances at the Queen Anne Farmers Market." That and the veggie tamales (not Brunson's and Myett's) sound like a very good reason to go.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:36 AM

According to this article in Seattle Weekly, Kari Brunson and her SO, Brendin Myett, have opened up an "urban juicery", Sundays from 11am-3pm at Seattle Community College on Capitol Hill, "will also be making appearances at the Queen Anne Farmers Market." That and the veggie tamales (not Brunson's and Myett's) sound like a very good reason to go.


The Sunday gig is the Capitol Hill Farmer's Market, so there's lots of stuff available.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:42 PM

Thanks to a heads up from sandik: Barry Kerollis started a blog in April about being a freelance dancer:

Life of a Freelance Dancer

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:44 AM

Olivier Wevers just received one of the Seattle 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards:

http://seattletimes....-wUzSc.facebook

The ceremony will be held 31 August at noon at North Fountain Lawn during the opening of Bumbershoot in Seattle Center.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:26 AM

Olivier Wevers just received one of the Seattle 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards:

http://seattletimes....-wUzSc.facebook

The ceremony will be held 31 August at noon at North Fountain Lawn during the opening of Bumbershoot in Seattle Center.


Not only is Wevers being honored, but Li Hengda, who performed briefly with PNB and now runs a Chinese dance school and company, and Lucia Neare, who makes big, site-specific dance/theater installations are getting awards alongside several other members of the local arts community -- it's a great list for dance this year!


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