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 Post subject: Gathering Bones
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:37 pm 

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Press Release
Contact: Maya Soto
Phone: 360-566-3945
Kill date: 5.20.2013

Gathering Bones
A performance event premiering at
Velocity Dance Center/Founders Theater
May 18 and 19, 2013

Choreography by Maya Soto
Original Music Composition by Paurl Walsh
Performed by Danica Bito, Teresa Hanawalt, Amy Johnson, Jana Kincl, Cristen Klaja, Erin McIntire, Uraina Nagy, Carla Negrete Martinez and Maya Soto

This epic new performance event features a 60 minute dance work created by Maya Soto with original music composition by Seattle composer Paurl Walsh, as well as an interactive gallery space where the audience is invited to step right into the creation of the work. The event will premiere at Velocity Dance Center May 18-19, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets $18, available at

Gathering Bones is a movement collage exploring themes of internal personal power, feminism and femininity through dance, music and art. Soto dives into princess, warrior and queen archetypes through a variety of cultural histories and resources. This performance goes back in time, exploring stories and myths of powerful and wild women.
In Gathering Bones, the performers are both the damsels in distress and the heroes of the moment.

Nine diverse, athletic, technically proficient, powerful dancers are constricted by giant fluffy dresses, balance tiaras perfectly poised on regal heads, and move through bursts of fierce locomotive movement. They are princesses. They are warriors. And in the end, they are both at the same time. They are poised and wild and tender and ferocious. Dark, earthy and feminine, they share a transformation story through the power of movement. Soto takes over Velocity Dance Center’s Founders Theater, providing an intimate up close and personal performance, transporting the audience into a world of myths and stories.

Artist Biographies

Maya Soto / Choreographer

Maya Soto has been creating, performing and teaching dance in Seattle for over 10 years. She draws inspiration from integrating many different movement forms. Drawing on elements of funk, rhythm, popping and a variety of styles and cultural influences, Soto brings together classical dance training and a sense of play and entertainment. Her work is full body, fast paced and dead set on blurring the style lines. Her choreography has been presented by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, The Firehouse Performing Arts Center and Tacoma Museum of Glass. Festival commissions include: NWNW Festival, the BOOST Dance Festival, JFFA Festival and the Arts in Nature Festival. She has also danced with LeGendre Performance Group, Big Red Dance Company, Amy O’Neal, Sandstrommovement and NWDS. Her work with NWDS has received support from Allied Arts Foundation and Walrus Performance Productions. As an educator, Maya has extensive experience working in both public and private sectors. She teaches modern technique to adults at Velocity Dance Center and directs a full time dance program at the Arts and Academics Academy, a public arts high school in White Center. She has worked as a teaching artist for PNB's REACH program, Seattle Youth Dance Collective and public schools including Tacoma School of the Arts, Foster High School and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. After earning a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts, Maya went on to pursue a Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate. She has completed teacher training programs through City University and Seattle University.

Paurl Walsh / Composer

Paurl O. Walsh graduated from Cornish College with a degree in Classical Composition and Electro-acoustic music. He is an active composer of electronic music (including large-scale surround sound performance installations), modern classical chamber music, music for dance and theatre, and experimental rock. Writing and performing throughout the US and Europe, he has been a core member of the hyper-experimental performance art/music group Degenerate Art Ensemble, designed audio installations, engineered, produced, and composed music for the theater group Implied Violence, and can be seen performing in math rock outfit X-Ray Press, electronic pop group Rainbows, and as solo electronic artist Trying . He also runs ExEx Audio, a creative recording studio centered around working collaboratively with artists to help them better express themselves through sound.

Reviews and Impressions

About Gathering Bones

“…crisp, primal, and athletic” - Kaitlin McCarthy / Seattle Dances

“visceral, primal, violent…an essay on the warrior woman” – Omar Willey / The Seattle Star

“Heavy percussion music by Paul Walsh was epic enough for the most grandiose of war movies, and the dancers fittingly seemed to be training for battle.” - Kaitlin McCarthy / Seattle Dances

“I have always admired Ms. Soto’s work and this is no exception. The piece begins by showing a procession of decorative debutantes in full garb, but this explodes into an essay on the warrior woman, with the dancers evoking the forms and tropes of Amazons, onna bugeisha, Yang family generals, and others–I could swear I saw a couple of them carrying an atl-atl at some point.”
– Omar Willey / The Seattle Star

About Maya Soto / Past Work

“Soto Style knows how to deliver empowerment through dance” - Nalisha Rangel / Seattle Dances

“Soto juxtaposed popping and locking with loose, weighted contemporary movement, exploring a full range of bodily aesthetics” – Steve Ha / Seattle Dances

“The action was so palpable the audience whooped and hollered throughout…The choreography fused ballroom, break dance power, and what appeared to be a pinch of martial art movement articulated with technique and brilliant balancing and turns from all seven dancers. Their fluid transfer of positions kept the audiences eyes moving across the stage. The slinky costumes and bright lights created a saucy mix of skin and muscle as all the dancers rocked the stage with impressive, feminine strength.” (Collage Pink, 2011) – Nalisha Rangel / Seattle Dances

For press passes to the event, an invitation to attend a rehearsal/press showing, or for more information please email:

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