Seattle International Dance Festival 2015

Friday, June 12 at 8:00pm

at Raisbeck Hall

FRI, JUNE 12, 8:00PM-9:30PM

Friday, June 12 at 8:00pm

at Raisbeck Hall

The opening weekend of the festival celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Khambatta Dance Company (KDC) with performances by KDC as well as works by artists, who were previous dancers of the company, and companies with whom KDC has worked, spanning more than two decades of its history.

The first two evenings of the opening weekend, Khambatta Dance Company will perform the much anticipated Fear and Vulnerability, about the precariousness of our existence and the fear of being alone. Everything can change in an instant. A powerful work with emotionally charged performances. The work is the third in a series of ten, one created each year spanning a decade and delving into psychological and social dilemmas of our time.

 

Rob Kitsos (Vancouver, Canada), an established US-born choreographer and professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver danced with KDC for over five years beginning in 1993. He performs a new work entitled Sick Fish based on the playful imagination of children, with music by collaborator Lucas Van Lenten February of the West Port Sunrise Sessions.

 

Pisorojo Dance Company (Caracas, Venezuela) collaborated with Khambatta Dance  from 1996- 2000 prior to the sudden change in political fortunes in Venezuela. The company will present Cuarto Menguante, choreographed by Moravia Naranjo, who left Venezuela before political turmoil erupted and is currently a working artist in Austria, and 360′ by Elio Jose Martinez, the company director.

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SAT, JUNE 13, 8:00PM-9:30PM

Saturday, June 13 at 8:00pm

at Raisbeck Hall

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The opening weekend of the festival celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Khambatta Dance Company (KDC) with performances by KDC as well as works by artists, who were previous dancers of the company, and companies with whom KDC has worked, spanning more than two decades of its history.

The first two evenings of the opening weekend, Khambatta Dance Company will perform the much anticipated Fear and Vulnerability, about our fear of being alone…in our lives and in the universe. A powerful work with emotionally charged performances. The work is the third in a series of ten, one created each year spanning a decade and delving into psychological and social dilemmas of our time.

Rob Kitsos (Vancouver, Canada), an established US-born choreographer and professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver danced with KDC for over five years beginning in 1993. He performs a new work entitled Sick Fish based on the playful imagination of children, with music by collaborator Lucas Van Lenten February of the West Port Sunrise Sessions.

Pisorojo Dance Company (Caracas, Venezuela) collaborated with Khambatta Dance  from 1996- 2000 prior to the sudden change in political fortunes in Venezuela. The company will present Cuarto Menguante, choreographed by Moravia Naranjo, who left Venezuela before political turmoil erupted and is currently a working artist in Austria, and 360′ by Elio Jose Martinez, the company director.

PHOTO DETAIL: Rob Kitsos. Photo by Chris Randle.

 

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SUN, JUNE 14, 7:30PM-9:00PM

Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm

at Raisbeck Hall

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The second program of the opening weekend of the festival, a continuation of the celebration of Khambatta Dance Company’s (KDC) 25th Anniversary with performances by KDC, as well as works by artists, who were previous dancers of the company, and companies with whom KDC has worked, spanning more than two decades of its history.

Chris McCallister (Seattle), who danced with KDC for six years in Seattle presents Hindsight work for three KDC dancers and himself. This work, by this emerging talent, recreates vibrant images of childhood taking audiences on a journey into their past.

Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project (Virginia) present Thresholds Crossed (reprise), a collaboration with Washington D.C.-based choreographer Maida Withers. The piece about East meeting West, the Soviet Union during cold war, and moments when society crosses the line took the artists to three cities in Russia. Jen Stone danced with KDC begining in 1992.

Kaitlin McCarthy and Jenny Peterson (Seattle), who choreograph their works jointly, both danced with KDC in recent years in Seattle. The two will perform their collaboratively choreographed Papoose, a thoughtful portrait of a mother-daughter relationship centering around a seemingly omniscient oval mirror.

Khambatta Dance Company (Seattle) will present Courting Ritual for the Birds #1, a light, humorous work that was created through an international collaboration between KDC Artistic Director, Cyrus Khambatta and Paulo Lima, a Brazilian choreographer. The choreographers swapped each others movement and created a piece together.

Daniel Weintraub (New York City) and Rob Kitsos (Vancouver, Canada) present a short dance film entitled Reflex, about falling. Melding breathtaking choreography, music, and filmmaking.

 

PHOTO DETAIL: Chris McCallister and Rachel Randall. Photo by Joseph Lambert{C}

 

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TUES, JUNE 16, 7:30PM-9:00PM
PRESENTED WITH MAJOR UNDERWRITING BY CASE VAN RIJ

Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30pm

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A new festival program designed as a platform to unearth and foster prominent contemporary ballet voices within the Seattle region. This year’s distinguished artists include: Natascha Greenwalt, Kim Lusk. Price Suddarth, and a new commissioned work on Spectrum Dance Company by PNB’s Ezra Thomson.

The artists were selected by a panel of established local choreographers Donald Byrd, Cyrus Khambatta, Zoe Scofield, and Eva Stone, who based their selections on different criteria within the form that each artist elicits. Be a part of fostering contemporary ballet in Seattle, don’t miss this exciting new program with these exceptional artists.

PHOTO DETAIL: Price Suddarth, photo provided by artist.

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WEDS, JUNE 17, 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30pm

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Curated by artists Cyrus Khambatta, Wade Madsen, and Marlo Martin Spotlight on Seattle Now sums up the best of the city in a nutshell. From artists, who are implanted figures to those fresh on the scene.

The DeadPan Monkeys bring you Behind This Door, Beside This Lamp, ­a quirky dance on the absurdity, anxiety, and arbitrariness of the little choices we make.

Resistance by Michele Miller/Catapult Dance draws from martial arts, dance, and parkour to create an emotional look at the current rise of fundamentalism and the human quest for freedom from oppression.

 

In a clash of grit and whimsy, dancer/choreographer Maya Soto and musician/keyboardist, Nico Tower embark upon an epic journey in Inner-galactic.

 

BlueGrey by choreographer Linsyanne Owen shakes loose the ache, forgiveness, and hidden laughter of silenct communication.

 

The Architecture of Being, choreographed by Coleman Pester and performed by the Tectonic Marrow Society takes us inside the brooding thoughts and self reflection of a single dancer while a mass of bodies hover about the space. The work is set to the shadowy original score by Bret Gardín.

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THURS, JUNE 18, 7:30PM-9:00PM

Thursday, June 18 at 7:30pm

at Raisbeck Hall

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A new program curated by festival director Cyrus Khambatta and choreographer Erin Nichole Boyt, that focuses on Seattle-based artists, who address specific themes in their work, contributing to social dialogue and discourse in our region. Some works are more bold and explicit in nature and some more subtle and impressionist, covering subjects from equal rights to the environment to finding Zen in life. This series includes artists:

Jovon Miller presents Elemental War, a look at the elements and their ultimate ability to rule over the earth.

Karin Stevens navigates in Dormant, Exploding Syndrome, Ashcloud  layers of meaning, movement, and spatial patterns shift between the abstract to deeply human moments.

Constanze Villines (re:flexion) presents I tend to leave them alone, a dialogue in form of a spoken and danced monologue about losing one’s love and the decisions we have to face in life.

Xaviera Vandermay with her 3rd Shift Dance group extends the much vaunted work she did for the festival in 2014 withAmerican Voices, an exploration of the voices of our country, that inspire the current generation.

Back by popular demand, mixing media and cultures, the choreographers Erin Boyt (Seattle), Daphne Ma (China, Peru, Seattle, Atlanta), and Constanze Villines (Germany, Seattle) present this second installment with their respective companies.

Traducción/Translation 2.0 – explores human translation between different forms of media, electronic devices, and social networking.

PHOTO DETAIL: 3rd Shift, photo provided by artist.

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FRI, JUNE 19, 8:00PM-9:30PM

Friday, June 19 at 8:00pm

at Raisbeck Hall

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The second weekend in the festival’s Inter/National series, set at Raisbeck Performance Hall, features artists from near and far with local favorite badmarmarDANCE  and Marlo Martin, and Hong Kong Exile, treating the embroiled politics of that region in Asia.

badmarmarDANCE, a bold, succinct, and emotionally driven local modern dance company performs this feels like a rut or a groove…depends on how you look at it. Director Marlo Martin has put together a dream team of dancers, each a subtle, intentional, and thoughtful performer and after taking a break from creating to question her artistic process, has unearthed this resulting work. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this Seattle favorite.

Hong Kong Exile (Hong Kong, Vancouver, Canada) presents NINEEIGHT a sensory-driven, multimedia dance theater work inspired by Mo Lei Tau, a phenomenon of absurdist, comedic film, that emerged in Hong Kong in the 1990’s. Through mainland China in 1997, reflecting on personal fractures, disorientation, and the significance of a ‘motherland’ in times of political, social, and geographical transition.

 

PHOTO DETAIL: Hong Kong Exile, photo by artist.

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SAT, JUNE 20, 8:00PM-9:30PM

Saturday, June 20 at 8:00pm

at Raisbeck Hall

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The second weekend in the festival’s Inter/National series, set at Raisbeck Performance Hall, features artists from near and far with local favorite badmarmarDANCE  and Marlo Martin, and Hong Kong Exile, treating the embroiled politics of that region in Asia.

badmarmarDANCE, a bold, succinct, and emotionally driven local modern dance company performs this feels like a rut or a groove…depends on how you look at it. Director Marlo Martin has put together a dream team of dancers, each a subtle, intentional, and thoughtful performer and after taking a break from creating to question her artistic process, has unearthed this resulting work. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this Seattle favorite.

Hong Kong Exile (Hong Kong, Vancouver, Canada) presents NINEEIGHT a sensory-driven, multimedia dance theater work inspired by Mo Lei Tau, a phenomenon of absurdist, comedic film, that emerged in Hong Kong in the 1990’s. Through mainland China in 1997, reflecting on personal fractures, disorientation, and the significance of a ‘motherland’ in times of political, social, and geographical transition.

 

PHOTO DETAIL: badmarmar Dance. Photo credit by JazzyPhoto

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SUN, JUNE 21, 7:30PM-9:00PM

Sunday, June 21 at 7:30pm

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Following on their brilliant commission melding Ballet and Hip Hop/B-Boy for the  2014 festival, Jerome Aparis (Massive Monkees) and Ezra Thomson (Pacific Northwest Ballet) pick up where they left off, treating audiences to a a second whammy of their collaborative genius. The work will employ elements of last years’ piece, divided into three sections with original music by William Lin Yee.

Dancing People (Ashland, OR) impressed local audiences in 2013 with their precision, ferocity, and emotional content and the festival has had repeated requests to have this company back. So here they are! Back by popular demand, presenting their laterst work Love and Navigation: Determining Position, Course and Distance Traveled. Don’t miss them this time around.

 

PHOTO DETAIL: Dylan Wald and Abby Cockrel performing work by Ezra Thomson.  Photo by Rex Tranter.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 8:00PM-9:30PM

Friday, June 26 at 8:00pm

at The Moore Theatre

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The first time, this year, the festival expands to another weekend and brings the festival to a close with a continuation of the celebration of KDC’s 25th Anniversary. The third weekend of the festival, set at The Moore Theater, highlights international artists from Mexico and Donald Byrd’s local Spectrum Dance Theater.

Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle) will perform Truth and Betrayal by Seattle-based choreographer Cyrus Khambatta, in a tribute to the 25th Anniverary celebration of the artist and his Khambatta Dance Company. The work, impeccably performed by Spectrum dancers, is the first in a series of ten, one created each year to form a contemporary decalogue on moral and psychological dillemmas of our time. Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times described the piece “…torquing action give way to increasingly interdependent leaps, lifts, drops and perilous catches. Players come and go, ricocheting off fleeting ‘relationships’ with an abruptness that’s both shocking and exhilarating.”

Cuidad Interior based in Queretaro, Mexico is back at SIDF with their latest work. In 2011, this astounding company, which has won numerous national awards impressed festival audiences and prompted Michael Upchurch of The Seattle Times to write “… a dizzying ricochet machine that kept changing speed and direction. Meticulously mapped out, yet potent with chaos in its unpredictable leaps, kicks and sky-high partnerings…” The company presents Kinetica, exploring physical objects, our relationship to them, and the stories they tell.

PHOTO DETAIL: Spectrum Dance Theater. Photo by Tino Tran.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 8:00PM-9:30PM

Saturday, June 27 at 8:00pm

at The Moore Theatre

All Festival and Two-Show Pass Sales

**ALL TICKETS FOR PERFORMANCES AT THE MOORE THEATRE WILL BE PURCHASED THROUGH TICKETS.COM**

The first time, this year, the festival expands to another weekend and brings the festival to a close with a continuation of the celebration of KDC’s 25th Anniversary. The third weekend of the festival, set at The Moore Theater, highlights international artists from Mexico and Donald Byrd’s local Spectrum Dance Theater.

Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle) will perform Truth and Betrayal by Seattle-based choreographer Cyrus Khambatta, in a tribute to the 25th Anniverary celebration of the artist and his Khambatta Dance Company. The work, impeccably performed by Spectrum dancers, is the first in a series of ten, one created each year to form a contemporary decalogue on moral and psychological dillemmas of our time. Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times described the piece “…torquing action give way to increasingly interdependent leaps, lifts, drops and perilous catches. Players come and go, ricocheting off fleeting ‘relationships’ with an abruptness that’s both shocking and exhilarating.”

Cuidad Interior based in Queretaro, Mexico is back at SIDF with their latest work. In 2011, this astounding company, which has won numerous national awards impressed festival audiences and prompted Michael Upchurch of The Seattle Times to write “… a dizzying ricochet machine that kept changing speed and direction. Meticulously mapped out, yet potent with chaos in its unpredictable leaps, kicks and sky-high partnerings…” The company presents Kinetica, exploring physical objects, our relationship to them, and the stories they tell.

PHOTO DETAIL: Cuidad Interior, photo by artist.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 8:00PM-9:30PM

Saturday, June 27 at 9:30pm

at The Moore Theatre

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Join the festival in a special closing night party after the last performance June 27th at the Moore. Your ticket helps support the festival. For more information visit www.seattleidf.org/viparty or contact Constanze Villines

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