NW New Works Festival Artists: Lauren Edson May 26, 2015

by Erin

Lauren Edson is a dancer and choreographer from Boise, Idaho. An alumnus of the School of Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Dance program, she has danced with the Trey McIntyre Project, Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Idaho, and Idaho Dance Theatre, among others. Edson's new work incorporates live music and movement in an exploration of the tumultuous life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Edson is an alumni of the NW New Works Festival and we are happy to welcome her back to the main stage! 

Learn more about her work here. 

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NW New Works Festival Artists: Markeith Wiley May 20, 2015

by Erin

Markeith Wiley is a dancer, choreographer, and performer who easily moves between genres. Artistic Director of The New Animals dance company, he has also choreographed for Washington Ensemble Theatre, Saint Genet, and the Satori Group. Wiley's new work, 31 and Counting, is a dance/theater work incorporating a live DJ and performance by Wiley and his "shadow" in a fast-paced piece incorporating the true-life experiences of one young black man in the USA. 

Read more about Wiley in this feature in City Arts Magazine. 

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If you’re paying attention there’s a counting down. May 9, 2015

by Tina LaPadula

If you’re paying attention there’s a counting down.

Are you listening?

There’s only room for a lucky few.

If we are witnessing this, maybe it’s too late.

The situation was worse than we feared.

The warning from our Detroit family is a string of dire truths. Our city is on a similar apocalyptic trajectory, accelerated by the same oppression and greed.

If this is the end times, I’m glad to be in this escape pod with Henry Luke, Brian McGuigan and Dani Terrell.  If we have any possible hope left, let it be fueled by art and poetry and dancing.

But who the hell are these other people? Are they getting any of this?

I had a similar experience viewing Kara Walker’s A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant. I felt...

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Community Partners of Complex Movements: FEEST Seattle May 6, 2015

by Erin

FEEST is a weekly youth-run dinner program that engages young people at Evergreen, Chief Sealth, and Nova High Schools on issues of civic and social justice, food security, and cultural expression, and community development. FEEST sets the table for young people to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food and working towards systems change.

Read more and get involved at their website. 
Check out reviews and food photos from participating teens here!

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Community Partners of Complex Movements: Youth Speaks Seattle May 6, 2015

by Erin

Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle has been the city’s premier collective for youth spoken word poetry, creating avenues for youth voices through creative writing instruction and performance opportunities. Over the years, Youth Speaks Seattle has conducted residencies and visited classrooms in nearly all of Seattle’s public high schools, hosted a thriving monthly open mic series, transformative all-city writing circles and explosive poetry slam competitions.

Read poems, watch videos, check out photos and more here. 

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Community Partners of Complex Movements: Longhouse Media May 6, 2015

by Erin

Longhouse Media is an indiginous media arts organization that nutures the expression and development of Native artists, drawing from traditional and modern forms of storytelling, with a special focus on young artists via the Native Youth program. Longhouse Media works in a variety of different forms and with many different communites in the Seattle area and in the virtual realm. 

Read more about mission, projects, staff, and stay up-to-date with news at their website.


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Community Partners of Complex Movements: Africatown May 6, 2015

by Erin

From the Africatown website:

Africatown-Central District is an asset based community economic development initiative focused on leveraging the positive cultural assets of the African descent community as a foundation for innovative economic development solutions. The initiative was recently endorsed publicly by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and is rapidly gaining momentum.

Why Africatown? 

Seattle and its surrounding areas has a population of more than 200,000 African Americans and 92,000 recently migrated Africans representing a rich diversity of experiences and culture[1]. Africatown-Central District...

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Community Partners of Complex Movements: EPIC May 6, 2015

by Erin

End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) is a community group working to stop the construction of the proposed new youth jail in King County, Washington. EPIC operates with staff support from American Friends Service Committee and includes members of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, the People’s Institute Northwest and the community at-large.

Read more about EPIC, the proposed youth jail, and the prison industrial complex at their website. 

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