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 Post subject: Chop Shop: NORTHSIDE! A Contemporary Dance Festival
PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:15 pm 

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

StoneDance Productions and The Black Box Theatre Present:


A Contemporary Dance Festival
At The The Black Box Theater
Edmonds Community College

Saturday, October 30th, 7:30 pm 2010

Edmonds, WA – August 5, 2010 - StoneDance Productions and The Black Box Theatre present 'Chop Shop: NORTHSIDE', A Contemporary Dance Festival. Now, for the first time, this amazing dance event comes to Snohomish County! Chop Shop: Northside will have its debut run at The Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College specifically for Northside residents. This unique festival is a rare opportunity to explore the truly original talents of world renown Seattle-based and Eastside-based artists in one special evening performance. This is the BEST of the Seattle/Eastside dance community in ONE festival. Each of these prolific choreographers has presented work to numerous critical successes throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States. 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! Past sold out performances have established Chop Shop as one of the most highly anticipated dance events in the greater Seattle/Eastside area.

"...already one of Seattle’s most talked about and important outlets for dance." - Dean Speer, Critical Dance


“Reading Dance”: A FREE lecture on Saturday, October 30th, 2010, 6:00 pm (prior to the performance.) 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 how the creative process is developed and refined. Hosted by Eva Stone and presented at The Black Box Theatre, open to all ages.

Free "Introduction to Modern Dance" class with Eva Stone, Artistic Director of The Stone Dance Collective. This class is open to ages 10+ to adult who would like to experience modern dance. No experience necessary! Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 2010. Black Box Theatre, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please call 206-700-6004 to reserve a spot.

Master Classes (10/30) by the Artistic Directors of the performing companies will be held during daytime hours of the festival in the Theater (Saturday 12:00pm and 2:00pm) Please call (206) 799-6004 for schedule and reservations. Classes are $12.00 each (discounted prices are offered with purchase of show ticket.)

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For information please call 425-640-1448.

Adults: $20.00
Students and Seniors: $14.00

The Black Box Theatre is located on campus of Edmond Community College: 20310 68th Ave. West, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Chop Shop: Northside is funded in part by the Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement Programs
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.

The Performing Artists:

Spectrum Dance Theater: Led by Artistic Director Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater stands at the forefront of contemporary dance as one of the most daring and innovative cultural assets in the region. The Company has established a full season of performances presented at the Moore Theatre where Spectrum is the official Resident Dance Company and continues to expand its reach with national and international touring engagements. Mr. Byrd regularly teaches around the country and was a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. He has been awarded the Bessie, and was a 2006 Tony nominee for his choreography of the Broadway musical, THE COLOR PURPLE. Spectrum will be presenting Duet from Drastic Cuts, a piece in which Byrd describes as "the lattices of the lines (in the body) acting as a restraint, imprisoning the volatile feelings in a structural containment."

The Stone Dance Collective is a modern dance company that originated in London, England in 1993 but has been part of the Seattle/Eastside dance scene for more than 12 years. Artistic Director and choreographer Eva Stone never fails to amuse and provoke audiences through her humor, detail and unexpected approach to contemporary dance. Having learned the art of dance backwards (choreography before technique), Stone has developed a movement language that is uniquely her own. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Geneva, London and St. Petersburg, Russia. Locally, she has been commissioned by numerous companies throughout Washington and most recently as part of a collaborative effort (alongside Olivier Wevers and Wade Madsen) on Project Orpheus with Seattle Dance Project. Stone will be presenting The End of A Year, a poignant and unaffected examination of beginnings and endings.

Mark Haim is a world-renowned performer/choreographer and former UW Senior Artist in Residence. He has created works for Nederlands Dans Theatre, Ballet Frankfurt and the Jose Limon Dance Company, to name only a few. Haim’s critically acclaimed 'The Goldberg Variations' has been presented at American Dance Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center and other venues in Europe, the US and Asia. Haim will present Buoyant Despite Slump, a piece about “the window of opportunity created in a quiet moment of profound sadness and abandonment.”

Khambatta Dance Company fuses complex athletic partnering and daring lifts with a keen theatrical sensibility, revealing human nature through the lens of intimate relationships and the everyday experience. Artistic Director Cyrus Khambatta has presented work in twelve US states, throughout Europe as well as in Russia and Latin America. He has received awards and grants from numerous foundations to support the presentation of work both in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the curator of the long running dance Seattle festival Beyond the Threshold.

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre was founded in 1993 to provide pre-professional experience for promising young dancers and to promote dance as a significant cultural resource for Whidbey Island and surrounding communities. Under the artistic direction of Charlene Brown and Susan Campbell Sandri, WIDT has provided dancers with opportunities for both personal and artistic growth. WIDT will present press/release, choreographed by Eva Stone and which premiered at Regional Dance America/Pacific at the annual festival. This work looks at human relationships and the pressures of societal constructs.

Coriolis Dance Collective is an immersive and openly experimental contemporary dance company led by Natascha Greenwalt Murphy and Christin Call. Formed in 2008, as a venue to push themselves as artists and peers, the vision of Coriolis is to create new, highly collaborative works with artists of all disciplines while maintaining an atmosphere of camaraderie and open feedback. Coriolis will be presenting the work of Venezuelan choreographer Gillmer Duran in a piece that explores the reaction of vibration within the body and how that impulse can inform function and line within ones own body while affecting change upon a group. The result is an organic yet vibrant quartet for two women and two men set to a melodic yet minimal score by BoiledJar.

SD/Prism Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company founded by Artistic Director Sonia Dawkins, who has been in the Seattle area for the past 10 years and is also a part of the faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Dawkins’ focus as a choreographer is drawn from the artistry, athleticism and “poetry” from within each dancer. Critics have said her works possess “athletic edge and artistic depth.” Dawkins is presenting Linkage, a study on the demise of national and social constructs in a “monetary context.”

Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre is a fresh new company created in 2009 by David Lorence Schleiffers, recently completing a dance degree in the UW Dance Program. This company aims to create and perform unique and thought provoking work, which highlights the natural movement of the human body. In The Kids' Table, Schleiffers takes us on a subtle journey subtle journey through the growing process and uses simple movement themes to highlight complex aspects of adulthood.

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