Seattle Dance Collective (SDC), under the direction of Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) principal dancers Noelani Pantastico and James Yoichi Moore, will present works by five choreographers from three continents for the company’s debut performances July 12-14 at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA). The featured choreographers represent both established and emerging voices in the world of modern ballet and contemporary dance.
Program One includes six diverse pieces of contemplative emotional journeys, high-octane athleticism and riveting exploration of movement, all designed to inspire audiences and challenge expectations:
• The Grey Area (an excerpt) by British choreographer David Dawson
Dawson’s award-winning breakthrough piece points towards a place of no time and no place – a ‘no-man’s land’ – with free-flowing phrases set to Niels Lanz’s haunting score.
• Mopey by German choreographer Marco Goecke
Set to music by C.P.E. Bach and the 80’s rock band The Cramps, Mopey is an inwardly reflective, yet volatile solo work—dark, moody and potentially unsettling.
• Frugivory and Anamnesis by Portuguese choreographer Bruno Roque
Frugivory is a light, unphilosophical take on the idea that the object of our desire can drive us, or blind us; that we are often “prisoners” of our needs and longings.
Anamnesis touches upon the concept of how defining moments in our formative years leave a permanently ephemeral imprint that echoes throughout one’s existence.
• Shogun (an excerpt) by the late Brazilian-Japanese choreographer Ivonice Satie
Dedicated to Satie’s grandfather who taught her the traditional Japanese arts of laido and Shinto-ryu, Shogun explores the relationship between master and disciple.
• Sur le Fil (by a Hair’s Breadth) by American choreographer Penny Saunders.
Sur le Fil was inspired by Saunders’ thoughts around the mischievous nature of life, and the common reality we share of having personal secrets that we would prefer kept in the dark.
“James and I have carefully chosen pieces to which we connect personally and creatively,” said Artistic Director Noelani Pantastico. “We are fortunate to be able to delve into the work of these choreographers who we deeply admire, and to share them with audiences this summer through the sophisticated artistry and technique of our dancers.”
All performances will take place at VCA’s state-of-the-art Katherine L. White Hall, offering a rare opportunity to see some of the region’s most accomplished dancers in an intimate 300-seat theater. SDC’s performing artists include nine dancers from PNB and two from Seattle-based contemporary dance company Whim W’Him: Angelica Generosa, Dylan Wald, Elle Macy, Elizabeth Murphy, Ezra Thomson, James Yoichi Moore, Jim Kent, Liane Aung, Lindsi Dec, Miles Pertl and Noelani Pantastico.
“One of the goals we have laid out for SDC is to deepen our audience’s understanding of what dance looks like today,” added Artistic Director James Yoichi Moore. “In addition to demonstrating this on stage, we will complement our performance run with two days of master classes in the studio to give students further insight into this dynamic art form.”
SDC’s Dance Immersion Workshop will take place on July 9 and 10. Each day will begin with a one-hour pilates class taught by former Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dancer and PNB conditioning coach Kristen Moore, followed by a 90-minute ballet technique class taught by James Yoichi Moore (July 9) or Noelani Pantastico (July 10). Program One choreographer Bruno Roque will conclude each day with a contemporary improvisation class.
Performance Dates & Ticketing
Friday, July 12 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 pm
Tickets are $45-$75 for evening and Sunday matinee performances.
Tickets for Saturday’s Family Matinee are $10 per student and $25 per adult.
To purchase tickets online go to seattledancecollective.org or vashoncenterforthearts.org. To purchase tickets by phone call the VCA Box Office at 206-259-3007.
SDC Dance Immersion Workshop
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 9-10, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
2-Day Pass: $170 VCA Member | $190 General 1-Day Pass: $85 VCA Member | $95 General
To register for the workshop go to vashoncenterforthearts.org, or call 206-259-3005.