The 19/20 Season

The 19/20 Season: 
In the Future's Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings

The mesmerizing dystopic fantasies of Ligia Lewis.
Four brand new works by local favorites Markeith Wiley, Timothy White Eagle, Ahamefule J. Oluo, and Pat Graney
Another spectacular explosion of color and celebration with Taylor Mac.
And so much more.

Our 40th anniversary season brings together contemporary performances that probe the uncertainties of our collective present, even as they invite us to envision possible tomorrows. 


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The 19/20 Season Overview: In the Future's Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings
Curatorial Statement from Artistic Director Rachel Cook
19/20 Season Partners
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The 19/20 Season: In the Future's Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings

Aug 1–4 Morgan Thorson: Still Life
Sept 19–22 Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody) 
Oct 9  Bryce Dessner: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
Oct 10–13 Autumn Knight: M_ _ _ ER
Dec 5–8 Ahamefule J. Oluo: SUSAN
Dec 19–20 Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce 
Jan 23–26 Jaha Koo: Cuckoo
Feb 20–23 Solo: A Festival of Dance
Mar 19–22 Timothy White Eagle: The Violet Symphony
Apr 9­–12 Markeith Wiley: Working (Undecided Title) 
May 7–10 Tina Satter/Half Straddle: Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription
Jun 4–7 Pat Graney: ATTIC

Curatorial Statement

19/20 Season: In the Future's Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings

In the Future’s Wake: Rituals, Ceremonies, and Happenings brings together artists who are thinking about the necessary rituals, ceremonies, movements, and performance happenings that we collectively need for our future. In the present we are experiencing loss, trauma, frustration, and lack of belief in the stability of our government, systems of power, and of authoritative voices. This season is one of creating propositions, posing a series of questions, and making transparent investigations that rupture our emotional and physical thresholds within the ephemeral nature in our work.   

The season title is taken from Christina Sharpe’s book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, published in 2016. Sharpe thinks about “the wake” as “a problem for thought,” and describes In the Wake as “a work that insists and performs that thinking needs care and that thinking and care need to stay in the wake.” This year’s curatorial team read portions of the book while thinking about the artists who will be included in this season, many of whom are considering recent loss, death, and processes of recovery in the face of tragedy.

—Rachel Cook, Artistic Director

Our local partners this season include Base, Seattle Theatre Group (STG), and the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas. National and international partners include International Festival of Performance and Ideas, Toronto; Performance Space New York; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and Under the Radar Festival, NYC.   

Note: Performances are subject to change. 

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