Seattle’s MEN IN DANCE presents 2019 Adjudicated Choreographer Showcase October 4 & 5

Seattle’s MEN IN DANCE is excited to present our upcoming 2019 Adjudicated Choreographer Showcase. For the third biennial year the Company is presenting and adjudicating five new choreographers, carefully selected from applicants around the country, to present their work to three groups of audiences October 4 at 8pm and October 5 at 5pm and 8pm at Velocity Founders Theatre (1621 12th Ave #100, across the street from 12th Ave Arts) on Capitol Hill. Tickets are $20 Friday/Saturday evening; $15 Saturday matinee; with student/senior/working artist discounts. www.menindance.org

This year all five Choreographers have strong ties to Seattle and are making it their home base at least part of the time each year. They and their pieces are:

Daniel Ojeda who works both in Seattle and Boise, ID where he performs and choreographs for Ballet Idaho. He has also recently created works for Treefort Music Fest and ARC Dance in Seattle. Daniel’s work ‘The Unnatural Pattern’ is a small group piece addressing toxic masculinity and its role in contributing to bullying.

Beth Terwilleger who has had pieces produced in London, NYC, and at 12 Minutes Max and The Converge Dance Festival in Seattle. Beth was also the Creative Director of The Califa Arts Collaborative in Austin, TX and currently leads The Gray in Seattle. Her piece, ‘This is the Reactability of the Appetizer’ is a quartet playing with the differences and similarities of the energy of men and boys in our society.

Elise Meiners Schwicht who has worked with the SALT II Contemporary Company, and has also created work for the Converge Dance Festival. Elise has also performed roles for the Utah Valley Civic Ballet Company. Her piece ‘he kept him’ features five dancers and explores how a single man is affected and changed by a group of men who surround him and are interacting with him.

Nahshon Marden (they/them) who recently appeared with The Sensible Theatre Company in Seattle, and participated in the GSBA’s Equalux Fundraiser. They have also appeared with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, and California’s Bare Outlines. Nahshon is creating a duet for the Showcase called ‘BOYDMGD’ dealing with the themes of what it is to be a male witness of the victim/enabler/perpetrator in our society.

Joel Hathaway, a freelance artist, who has served as a Company Performer and Resident Choreographer for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet company. Joel also danced with the Milwaukee Ballet II Compan and is creating a group piece about finding the courage to ‘make a change’ in one’s life.

The MEN IN DANCE Board of Producers look forward to bringing these pieces to Velocity Dance Center and to helping these artists strengthen their choreographic works while educating the audience in the creative process and getting the community engaged in conversation around choreography.

To best assist with this we have invited six dance professionals to give feedback and discuss the artists’ works in two evenings of panels moderated by Gerard Theoret.

On Friday, October 4th at 8pm, discussion will feature a panel including Shirley Jenkins, artistic director of DanceJENKINSDance; choreographer and Cornish College of the Arts Dance faculty Laura Ann Smyth; and Jerry Tassin of Spectrum Dance and the International Ballet Academy.

Saturday, October 5 at 5pm features an informal audience discussion where audience member get to openly ask their questions and share observations with choreographers. The evening performance at 8pm will feature another panel of experts including world renown dancer and choreographer Bill Evans; founder of eXit SPACE Marlo Martin; and artistic director of PriceARTS, Noelle Price.

All five works will be featured at every performance.

For more information, visit menindance.org

Courtesy of Men in Dance

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