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 Post subject: Chop Shop: Bodies of Work 2013 Press Release
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:46 am 

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Location: Edmonds, WA 98026
(206) 799-6004

StoneDance Productions and The Theatre at Meydenbauer


Chop Shop: Bodies of Work

A Contemporary Dance Festival
At The Theatre at Meydenbauer

Saturday, February 16th, 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 17th, 3:00pm


Bellevue, WA – November 30, 2012 - Now celebrating its SIXTH YEAR, Chop Shop: Bodies of Work is the only annual contemporary dance festival held specifically for the Eastside. Recognized as one of the most important dance events of the year, Chop Shop serves up a unique and prolific sampling of contemporary dance from leading national and international award-winning dance makers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Festival features master classes and lectures by the Artistic Directors and Choreographers from the Festival as well as FREE Community Outreach programs (the Experience Dance Project in partnership with The City of Bellevue) geared to enhance the viewer's insight and experience. The Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival is dedicated to bringing great dance work to both new and seasoned audiences through experience, education and performance. Though each company/artist presented possesses their own individual voice, they are all unified in the contemporary language of dance and its power to stir the senses through the visceral moving image.

This is an event not to be missed! Last year’s sold out performances established Chop Shop as one of the most highly anticipated dance events in the greater Seattle/Eastside area.


“Reading Dance”: Experience a “behind the scenes” look at how contemporary dances are formed. Learn about meaning and imagery behind the choreographer’s unique movement language and explore how the creative process is developed and refined. This event is FREE on Sunday, February 17th at 1:00pm in the Theatre.

Master Classes (2/16 and 2/17) by the Artistic Directors and company members of the participating companies will be held during daytime hours of the festival in the Theater (Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 am.) Please call (206) 799-6004 for schedule and reservations. Classes are $18.00 each, three for $45.00 or five for $50.00.

See The Promo:
Tickets are on sale now. Go to or call 1-800-838-3006.

Adults: $25.00
Students and Seniors: $20.00
Discounted Tickets for groups of 10 or more.
Meydenbauer Theater is located at 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98104

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work is funded in part by a generous grant and sponsorship from 4Culture, The Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Weekly, KUOW and
the City of Bellevue Arts Program.

StoneDance Productions is an associated program of Shunpike.
Shunpike is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art service organization whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. Working in close partnership with these groups, Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and impart vital skills in finance, organizational management and arts administration


Spectrum Dance Theater: (Seattle) Donald Byrd, Artistic Director: Donald Byrd became Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in December 2002. From 1978-2002, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has created more than 80 modern dance works for his own groups as well as for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), among others. He has choreographed for classical companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Aterballetto, Maggio Danza diFirenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater. He has worked with some of the most prestigious theater and opera companies in the U.S., including The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, San Francisco Opera, and New York City Opera. He received the Bessie Award for The Minstrel Show in 1992. In 2005, Donald Byrd was honored by the Kennedy Center with a Master of Choreography Award, and in 2006, he received a TONY nomination for his choreography for The Color Purple. Most recently, Byrd was selected among the first group of Fellows to the American Academy in Jerusalem; and received the James Baldwin Fellowship Award from United States Artists. Spectrum Dance Theater was founded in Seattle, WA, in 1982. Its mission is to produce and present contemporary dance of global caliber that challenges expectations and calls forth strong emotions and thoughtful responses; to provide expert dance instruction in diverse dance forms to all; and to educate the community about dance as an art form and as a social/civic instrument.

MOVE: the company: (New York) Josh Beamish, Artistic Director: Josh Beamish founded MOVE: the company in 2005. Throughout its seven years, the company has extensively toured Beamish’s works including recent engagements in Seattle, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Portugal, Singapore, and at Toronto’s Dance: Made in Canada Festival. In 2010, MOVE: the company was selected for presentation at WORLD EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China, performing the Closing Gala of the Canada Pavillion. In October 2011, MOVE: the company premiered a full evening of Beamish’s contemporary ballet works at the Bangkok Opera House. This program for 24 dancers was commissioned to celebrate 50 years of Canadian and Thai political relations. He is the recipient of numerous artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Banff Centre and the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. Now based in New York, Joshua recently received a Jerome Robbins Foundation Award, which is facilitating the current creation of a new full-length work that will join principal dancers from Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and New York City Ballet. In 2013 he will premiere two choreographic collaborations with New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan. First, a pas de deux for Wendy and fellow NYCB principal Robbie Fairchild for the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series and second, a duet in which he performs alongside Wendy for a premiere at Jacob’s Pillow. Beamish will be presenting and excerpt from “Pierced,” a work whose movements have been described as “fractured and fluid…all at once…” by the Toronto Star.

Vincent Michael Lopez: (Seattle) Choreographer: Vincent Michael Lopez began his ballet training at The School of Ballet Arizona under the direction of Kee Juan Han and Truman Finney. He received The Oprah Winfrey Scholarship to study at The Ailey School in New York City. In 2006 he joined Ballet Austin II where he met choreographer Thaddeus Davis who invited Lopez into Wideman/Davis Dance performing projects that would take him around the world. Vincent continues to perform with Wideman/Davis Dance and has since performed with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and Whim W’Him. Currently in his 5th season as a principle dancer with Spectrum Dance Theater, Vincent explores and pushes his own boundaries through other facets of art. Choreographing since 2005, Lopez began mixing his other passions of film, writing, painting, improvisation and theater to form P.INC, a dance company that explores the physicality and psychology of the human experience. Lopez will present “Grace at Arms Length,” a work based on the challenges of being far from loved ones in need.

Shayla Bott & Company: (Utah) Shayla Bott, Artistic Director: Shayla Bott is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University and is a former principle dancer with Utah Regional Ballet. She holds a BFA from the University of Utah in Ballet and also received an MFA in Ballet with an emphasis in Pedagogy, Choreography and Music for Ballet. She has won many awards for her choreography including the National Choreographic Recognition Award for Regional Dance America in Montreal in May, 2012. She continues to choreograph in professional and academic settings. Bott will be presenting “3, offhand,” a piece that focuses on describing the music visually whilst employing Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies.

Kiyon Gaines: (Seattle) Choreographer: Kiyon Gaines trained at Baltimore School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001 and was promoted to soloist in 2012. In addition to his performing career, Gaines is an aspiring choreographer. Among other works, he created blitz...Fantasy, {SCHWA}, Infinite Intricacies, and Interrupted Pri'si'zh'en for PNB's annual Choreographers' Showcase performances. {SCHWA} was taken into PNB's repertory during the 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival. In 2008, Gaines choreographed M-Pulse, set to a commissioned score by Cristina Spinei, for the PNB repertory. He has also participated in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute. Gaines will be presenting “C’est 2,” an intertwining duet exploring loss and grief.

The Stone Dance Collective: (Eastside) Eva Stone, Artistic Director: Eva Stone’s dance company originated in London, England in 1993 and became a permanent part of the Seattle/Eastside dance community in 1995. Her approach to choreography, evolved from learning the art form in reverse (choreography before technique) is unique with its intent based in humor and authentic human connection and emotion. Her work has been presented at On the Boards, Men in Dance, the ArtsEdge Festival, Bumbershoot and the Seattle International Dance Festival where she also served as guest curator. Her work has been commissioned throughout the Northwest on companies such as Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, Bellingham Repertory Dance, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, Peninsula Dance Theatre, ARC Dance, Fremont Danceworks and others. As a commissioned choreographer for Regional Dance America/Pacific she has made works for South Bay Ballet in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Her work has been presented in both Europe and Russia. “Eve, reconsidered,” is Stone’s newest work examining the imagined inner dialogue of the one of the world’s most famous female antagonists.

Mid-Columbia Ballet: (Richland, WA) Debra Rogo, Artistic Director: Based in Richland, Washington, Mid-Columbia Ballet's repertoire includes classical, neoclassical, and modern works by choreographers from throughout the U.S. With a history of outstanding community and corporate support, MCB has brought quality dance to Eastern Washington for over 30 years. MCB's Nutcracker plays to over 8000 Mid-Columbians (6% of the region's population) each year and is proud to include the works of George Balanchine in its repertoire. In 2007, MCB became the first non-professional or university company to perform a work by Twyla Tharp.

Andrew Bartee: (Seattle) Choreographer: A Washington native, Bartee grew up in Everett and started dancing at the suggestion of a family friend. He studied on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. Bartee is now in his fifth season with Pacific Northwest Ballet as a professional dancer. He was the first recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School and is also a Princess Grace Award recipient (2007.) His latest work was commissioned by PNB and debuted as a world premier at McCaw Hall. Bartee also performs with WHim W'Him and Kate Wallich/The YC. Bartee will present “emotions,” a piece exploring the varied relationships with one’s self.

Heather Dotto: (Vancouver, B.C.) Choreographer: Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Heather Dotto is no newcomer to the stage. She has been performing since she was 6 years old and probably started choreographing earlier than that. Heather was a member of MOVE: the company since its inception in 2005 and was fortunate to travel the world under Artistic Director Josh Beamish. Dotto recently produced an evening of her own work at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver. After working with many local choreographers in Western Canada, she could not be more thrilled to present work of her own in the US. Dotto will present “Gift,” a piece that examines the advantages and affectations of technology on our social condition.

Bennyroyce Dance Productions: (New York) Bennyroyce Royon, Artistic Director: Bennyroyce Royon received his professional dance training at Evergreen City Ballet (Auburn) and graduated from The Juilliard School. He has freelanced with numerous dance companies in New York City and is a founding member of Rasta Thomas' all male dance company, Bad Boys of Dance. He most recently danced with esteemed choreographer Karole Armitage for four seasons. Royce established BDP in 2006 which functions as a co-operative dance production team that creates and produces innovative, visionary, and compelling contemporary dance works. BDP has appeared in New York City at The University Settlement, The Wild Project and The Baruch Performing Arts Center (APAP 2012 Showcase.) Arts Critic Atlanta calls Royon’s work, "refreshingly original." Bennyroyce will present a new duet work that will navigate through ideas of identity, intimacy, being a man, and the connection between men.

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