NW NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2018: Showcase 2

Merrill Theater
Sat, Jun 9-10 at 8 pm    



Kiana Harris

Kiana Harris: AJE IJO Dance Film Series Installment 3: 'Rivers of Nine'
(Dance Film | Seattle)
‘AJE IJO’ Short Dance Film Series centers the humanity, resiliency, vulnerability of black & african diasporic people [of all genders], interrogating the western gender binary and interrupting accompanying notions of masculinity and femininity. Our individual and collective complexity, survival, thriving, and ultimately our healing as a people are at stake, and compel the elaboration of this narrative. To this end, the film elicits elements of spiritual cosmologies of the african diaspora, particularly those that emerge from the Yoruba divine consciousness, Ifa, and the Orisa (deities) that comprise it.

A native of Anchorage, Kiana received early dance training at Dance Spectrum School of Dance where she took her very first ballet class at the age of six. In 2003, she was invited to study and perform with Dance Contempo Company where she expanded her repertoire to include various multicultural styles of dance. In spring of 2008, Kiana moved to Seattle to enhance her training as a student at Cornish College of The Arts. An active member of the Seattle dance community, she has danced at local shows such as DanceThis and Black Nativity, and has been a member of the Afro- Peruvian performance ensemble, De Cajon Project, for the past seven years.

In summer 2016, Kiana created and debuted her first dance film, “DIVINE” part l and lI. Her dance films were featured in the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (April 2017) and at the Risk/Reward Festival (June 2017). In 2017 DIVINE premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot. Her mission as a filmmaker is to reclaim images in a non-exploitative representation from a black womxn's lens, as one of many tools to drive black liberation.


The Horse in Motion

The Horse in Motion: The Great Noise
(Music/Theater | Seattle)
Witch, please. Pop music, 17th century Sweden, and phallic puppets come together for an unexpected twist on the history we know well: The Witch Hunt.

The mission of The Horse in Motion is to “engage our audience in new experiences that expand the traditional conception of theatre and reshape how we interact with art, our community and the world.” The Horse in Motion’s inaugural production in 2014 was a critically acclaimed staging of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life, performed in multiple rooms of the historic University Heights Center. Since then the company has produced a variety of non-traditional performances including a festival of Brecht performed over breakfast titled BrechtFest, three iterations of an internet-based multimedia festival, an original performance in the Seattle Art Museum, a promenade piece titled ...And Hilarity Ensues...., the West Coast premiere of the dystopian political thriller Wellesley Girl, and a dynamic staging of Hamlet in Seattle’s Stimson-Green Mansion. Working with a collaborative, process-driven method, The Horse in Motion is committed to presenting theatre that is challenging and fresh, and that creates the inspiration and opportunity for dialogue, creativity, and action.


Elby Brosch

Elby Brosch: Falling Short
(Dance | Seattle)
A transman’s playfully tragic exploration of 90s masculinity, the failing veneer of perfected manhood. Who is the man I was never supposed to be?

Elby Brosch is a dancer and choreographer who moved to Seattle after receiving his BFA in Dance from University of Illinois. Since moving to Seattle he has been performing in the works of BenDeLaCreme, Mark Haim, Lou Henry Hoover, Cherdonna Sinatra, Christin Call, Dylan Ward, Babette DeLafayette Pendleton, Shannon Stewart, and Alyza DelPan-Monley, as well as creating his own works for Fall Kick Off, Next Fest Northwest, Seattle International Dance Festival, and Mo-Wave.

Instagram: @elbenous


Angel Alviar-Langley "Moonyeka"

Angel Alviar-Langley “Moonyeka”: In The White Frame
(Performance/Dance | Seattle)
In The White Frame explores how mixed people grapple with white framing* in “post racial” America.

*Joe R. Feagin’s theory The White Racial Frame as interpreted by Sharon H. Chang in Raising Mixed Race

Angel Alviar-Langley (aka Moonyeka) is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme street-styles dancer who utilizes art creation and organizing to center a more intersectional world reflective of the communities they come from. Her current projects for 2018 include expanding WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?! into a mentorship program for young brown femmes of color; In The White Frame, a work that explores the multiracial experience in "post-racial" America that will premiere at OtB’s NW New Works Festival in June; and so much more!

Moonyeka is also a choreographer and dancer for Au Collective — a dance collective that forefronts women, queer folks, and POC. When not battling, Angel is a teaching artist for Arts Corps + Spectrum Dance Theater, helps run an open dance session (VIBE) for immigrant youth at Yesler Terrace, and coaches LIL BROWN GIRLS CLUB. As a team member of Moksha, a Seattle art space and local boutique owned by Karleen Ilagan and Robin Guilfoil, Moonyeka expands her artistry outside of dance by supporting Moksha’s mission to foster the next generation of Seattle artists through event curation and creative direction. Moonyeka is a SeattleDances 2016 DanceCrush, a 2017 Tina LaPadula Fellowship recipient, an Ubunye Project 2017 contributor, a Mary Gates Leadership awardee, and a George Newsome Humanitarian scholar.



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