NW New Works 2017: Earth and Ceremony Jun 12, 2017

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NWNW 2017: Earth and Ceremony

I Want to Hear the Sea is a modern opera, inspired by the Myth of Sisyphus, from Seattle performance art group Earth and Ceremony. The piece is conceptualized by Rachel Green, directed by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo and created by Rachel Green, Anna Telcs and Daniel Salo, and premieres in the Mainstage Showcase this weekend (June 17-18) at NW New Works!

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Earth and Ceremony is a newly formed performance art collective founded by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo. 

Rachel Green creates site-specific multimedia performances that tell stories about our human condition. She regards the body as a container for emotions, infusing her work with delicate and volatile expressions of human feeling. The work...

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NW New Works 2017: Petra Zanki Jun 12, 2017

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NWNW 2017: Petra Zanki

In the NW New Works Mainstage Showcase for June 17-18, three dancers recollect objects of the remaining world in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. A blanket, a wind-up toy, a climbing harness, a sweater from 1978, and a jar of peppermints — how do they relate? 

“The objects of memory / Pleasant Place” is the first part of the current work-in-progress by Seattle choreographer Petra Zanki, developed in tandem with musician Benoît Pioulard and dancers Lorraine Lau, Jaclyn Mason, and Tyisha Nedd.

An evening length performance “Pleasant Place” will consist of...

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NW New Works 2017: Wade Madsen Jun 12, 2017

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NWNW 2017: Wade Madsen

Weekend 1 of NW New Works was an exhilarating whirlwind of performances from 8 standout artists from Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver BC — are you ready for 8 more? Weekend 2 is almost here! 

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Wade Madsen and 17 performers of all ages bring a dance to the Mainstage that captures the essence of what it is to be human and to look at life unfolding. 

Madsen writes, “This work is inspired by the viewing of dancers and people every day. The sounds are taken from various places and experiences in daily life. My own life experiences have drawn me to this moment of the work. There is magic in our daily life, it is all in how we witness it.”

‘People’ features a cast of notable local performers and choreographers, including Chloe Albin, Rachel Brummer, Noam Gagnon, Jamie Karlovich, Nahshon Marden, Bronte Mayo, Peggy Piacenza, Calie...

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NW New Works 2017: Cameo Lethem Jun 8, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Cameo Lethem

 

Isla is a new work by Seattle-based choreographer Cameo Lethem premiering at NW New Works in the Weekend 1 Studio Theater Showcase, June 9-11. An exploration into social isolation, Isla juxtaposes the individual's perception of isolation with the physicality of shared experiences. With music provided by Steve Reich’s Violin Phase, five dancers explore feelings of loneliness as they attempt to navigate the phasing music within their solo choreography.

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Cameo, originally from Hawaii, incorporates her curiosity for psychology and...

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NW New Works 2017: Nikola Tesla Projekt Jun 7, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Nikola Tesla Projekt

Gino Jevdjevic (with Amy Denio and Matty Noble) of Kultur Shock and Tony-nominated director Wilson Milam bring The Light to OtB — a new story of Nikola Tesla’s origins and exodus, told with Balkan ethnic melodies, electronic and industrial sounds, and dance.

In this new work, Tesla’s story is told in all its tragedy and grandeur, playing out as a turning point in the never-ending strife between Prometheus (advocate of humanity) and Zeus (enforcer of conformity) and as a reminder of the internal struggle of the refugee between time and place. The Light focuses on the struggle from the point of view of the refugee, rather than the more typical outsider perspective of the Western world; the refugee must choose between chasing time — advancing and growing with society — or staying loyal to a place that has become isolated...

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NW New Works 2017: Kaitlin McCarthy Jun 5, 2017

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NW New Works 2017: Kaitlin McCarthy

 

DANFORTH: But she have danced?
PARRIS, unwillingly: Aye, sir.
Danforth, as though with new eyes, looks at Abigail.

 

See it first at OtB! This weekend in the Mainstage Theater Showcase (Jun 10-11 at 8 pm), Seattle-based choreographer Kaitlin McCarthy presents Eight Abigails, a reimagining of the teenage villain from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. A dance about a girl teetering on the edge of sanity, survival, and insurgency, a full-length version will premiere at Velocity Dance Center later this fall.  

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Kaitlin McCarthy is a dance artist from Seattle, WA. She grew up dancing in Ann Arbor, Michigan and continued dancing on the East coast, where...

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NW NEW WORKS 2017: Vanessa Goodman/Action At a Distance Jun 4, 2017

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NWNW 2017: Vanessa Goodman

NWNW 2017: Vanessa Goodman

Countdown to the first weekend of the NW New Works Festival! 

On Saturday and Sunday in the Mainstage Showcase, Vancouver, BC-based Vanessa Goodman of Action at a Distance Society performs “Floating Upstream” — an exploration of having one’s head in the clouds where everything is simultaneously possible and impossible. Sound and visual design were created by frequent collaborator, Loscil (Scott Morgan), a composer, sound designer and multimedia artist living in Vancouver, BC. 

For the 2016 edition of NWNW Goodman performed her work “Container”, a piece where heritage,...

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NW NEW WORKS 2017: Kim Lusk Jun 3, 2017

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NWNW 2017: Kim Lusk

Subtle humor, technical footwork, 90s pop beats and a bit of country giddy-up — Kim Lusk’s Quartet for the Dead Set is a story about the ultimate power of the unlikely winner. Come see it performed as part of the first weekend of the NW New Works Festival, from June 9-11! 

Quartet is a part of A Dance for Dark Horses — an evening-length piece that will premiere next March as part of Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle program. Another excerpt of the work-in-progress will be shown this fall on a shared bill at Velocity.

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Kim Lusk is descended from a hearty line of cowboys, homesteaders, and mountaineers. A performer and choreographer based in Seattle,...

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