Solo: A Festival of Dance • Oct 6

Solo: A Festival of Dance
Sat, Oct 6

7:30 pm (in the OtB building): Dani Tirrell (Seattle)
8:00 pm (Merrill Theater): Emily Gastineau (pt 1) (Minneapolis), Alyza DelPan-Monley (Seattle), Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender (Seattle), Emily Gastineau (pt 2) (Minneapolis), Troy Ogilvie (NYC)

About the Festival 


Dani Tirrell

Dani Tirrell: The Ties That Bind
with Aquilla Bell

We have not performed together in over 10 years, we have friendship that has lasted over close to 20 years. How does time and distance still connect us? This piece, these solos, explore an emotional connection. It is taking dance to its most human level....LOVE! 

Dani Tirrell (Seattle) creates movement pieces inspired by Dani’s queer, gender non-conforming, and black experience. Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe Ballet Company and Dani Tirrell Dance Theater. Dani has performed and shown work at Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco), Gay City Arts (Seattle), Bumbershoot: Velocity Dance Center Showcase, Showing Out: Black Contemporary Choreographers (Seattle), Young Tanz Sommer (Austria), Northwest New Works Festival: On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward (Portland), Seattle Art Museum, and Erased (Color Lines Dance Ensemble) as part of Nights at the Neptune (Neptune Theater, Seattle).  

Photo: Jen Au


Emily Gastineau

Emily Gastineau: Just an Argument and all right give it up

Just an Argument is born out of a desire for control, a desire to know everything, and desire without object at all. Knowledge is a weapon, and hubris is swiftly followed by humiliation. This work measures the gap between perfection and reality, wildness and contrivance, the tactile and the quantifiable. 

all right give it up is a study in the generic mood, the manufacture of feeling in contemporary performance and contemporary capitalism. I activate generic expression (sorrow, joy) and generic dancing (opening port de bras, the step-touch)—to create choreographic surfaces for the spectator to project their own beliefs, speculation, and desires. The generic is a singularity that is in circulation—a way to inhabit the compulsory self-performance of dance and neoliberalism, yet still leaving an absence at its center. Is dancing in first person (a mode of authentic self-expression) or in third person (a desire for universality)? Or is this address actually in second person (a love letter, a command)?

Emily Gastineau (Minneapolis) is a choreographer, performer, and writer, currently based between Minneapolis and Amsterdam. Emily is the recipient of grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and her work-in-progress with Vilma Pitrinaite (LT/BE), has been developed in Vienna, Minneapolis, Prague, and Brussels. Emily co-founded the reciprocal performance writing platform Criticism Exchange, and she produces programs and publications at the Walker Art Center as Program Manager of Mn Artists. She is pursuing a master’s at DAS Choreography, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.

Photo: Theo Goodell


Alyza DelPan-Monley

Alyza DelPan-Monley

This solo explores the word “fall.” I would like to invite a different soloist to perform this piece each night. In doing this, I hope to show how the form of a solo can exist in the movement's content, and can also be embodied anew by different performers, similar to how a monologue or song maintains its form and yet completely transforms with a different subject.  

Alyza DelPan-Monley (Seattle) seeks to humanize their surroundings with splashes of whimsy, genuine intimate connection, and expansive possibilities. Alyza is eager to find the unexpected ways that dance can synthesize the human experience. Known for quirky nonsensical non-sequiturs and character-ridden theatrics, Alyza believes that dance can burst bubbles and repurpose awkward into awesome.


Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender: MELTED RIOT

MELTED RIOT is a queer meditation inspired by music that played on the jukebox during the Stonewall Riots of 1969. What happens when seemingly opposed ways of moving collide in order to create a new being, sculpture, or relationship? My idea is to present two solos that wallow in transitional space and eventually collide creating one solo where we become one surreal form. These solos are from a larger idea titled MELTED RIOT, a surreal protest song, a queer meditation, a psychedelic research project, a punk prayer.

Syniva Whitney (Seattle) is a trans-disciplinary choreographer. Gender Tender is the name of their dream of a queer-centric performance project featuring ideas inspired by their nonbinary gender and multiracial identity. Will Courtney (Seattle) is Gender Tender’s lead performer, in addition to Whitney’s partner and muse. Their methods value the surreal, the sculptural, and the embodied.  



Troy Ogilvie
Troy Ogilvie 

I am researching texts from Susan Sontag, bell hooks, as well as poetry from Audre Lorde and Meghann Plunkett. These writers and thinkers produce rhythms and forces with their words, their passion threatens to burst off of the page, abandoning form, but these authors fight to form articulation. In dance, I am equally fascinated by the tension of wild humanness and abstract form. In this new solo, I’m exploring the tensions between structure and form, challenging assumptions about where form and content connect, and how far desire can push structure. I want to follow this path in order to find more inclusive form.

Troy Ogilvie (NYC) has danced for and collaborated with various choreographers including Roy Assaf, Sidra Bell, Gabriel Forestieri, Itzik Galili, Shannon Gillen, Margie Gillis, Andrea Miller, Zoe Scofield, Idan Sharabi, and Patricia Noworol. She has participated in residency programs at The Marble House Project and Turkey Land Cove Foundation. Additionally, Ogilvie has curated, produced, and performed in two solo shows RESET (2011) and PRISM (2017).

Photo: Franziska Strauss


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