A weekend dance festival in Bellevue features performances by eight talented Seattle and Eastside companies, as well as workshops by five noted dancers and choreographers.
This weekend, Eastside residents will have a rare opportunity to sample a full range of work by contemporary Seattle-area dancers and choreographers.
If you haven’t seen Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, Phffft! Dance Theatre Company or the choreographic talents of Mark Haim, Eva Stone, Olivier Wevers, Wade Madsen or Hannah Lagerway, this is your chance. And if you’re a Seattleite who likes to keep up with these folks, you might want to cross the lake to Bellevue to catch the several world premieres included in “Chop Shop: Bodies of Work.”
Here’s the lineup:
Spectrum Dance Theater: The Seattle dance company known for its high-energy athleticism and intense material will premiere “Sexing the Right Flow” by Spectrum artistic director Donald Byrd.
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The Stone Dance Collective: Formed in London, but based in Kirkland since 2002, Stone Dance Collective will present artistic director Eva Stone’s “Umlaut,” a work contemplating the plight of “the reluctant immigrant.”
Mark Haim: A University of Washington Senior Artist in Residence, Haim — who has choreographed for Nederlands Dans Theater and Ballet Frankfurt — will premiere “No More Sweet Hours of Rapture” (set to music by Mozart).
Seattle Dance Project: Led by Timothy Lynch and Julie Tobiason, this troupe of veteran dancers, many of them alumni of Pacific Northwest Ballet, presents “Surfacing” by former PNB dancer Heidi Vierthaler, whose pattern-rich, sidewinding movement vocabulary is quite distinctive.
The Phffft! Dance Theatre Company: This Seattle company helmed by choreographer Cyrus Khambatta mixes dance and video. They’ll perform an excerpt from their recent work, “The People’s Project.”
Olivier Wevers: The PNB principal dancer has been busily choreographing on the side for the last five years. His “Ultimatum” will be performed by two of PNB’s finest: Lucien Postlewaite and Jonathan Porretta.
Coriolis Dance Collective: This recently formed dance troupe, led by Natascha Greenwalt-Murphy and Christin Call, will premiere “He Said, She Said” by Spectrum dancer Hannah Lagerway. If Lagerway’s dance imagination is anywhere as sharp as her performance skills, we’re in for a treat.
Wade Madsen: The longtime Seattle choreographer and teacher at Cornish College of the Arts will premiere his new work, “Leaving,” based on the writings of Jack Kerouac.
In addition to the two weekend performances, “Chop Shop” is offering master classes for dancers age 12 and up, at “advanced beginning” and “advanced” levels. Saturday: Cyrus Khambatta (10 a.m.), Julie Tobiason (noon), Wade Madsen (2:30 p.m.). Sunday: Mark Haim (10 a.m.). $18 per class; 3 for $40; 4 for $45.
There’s also a free event at noon on Sunday that should be a good icebreaker for those new to dance: “Reading Dance,” a lecture/demonstration by Eva Stone and Stone Dance Collective on how dances are made.
Call 206-799-6004 for reservations for workshops and “Reading Dance.”
Michael Upchurch: firstname.lastname@example.org