Immigration Stories by the Guild Dance Company
May 3rd @ 7:30pm
May 4th @ 4pm and 7:30pm
IMMIGRATION STORIES, a choreographic odyssey by Guild Dance Company artistic director Alex Ung that traces the journey of his immigrant Tai Dam family from war-torn Southeast Asia to Iowa, from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Alex Ung’s IMMIGRATION STORIES will be told through traditional Tai Dam dance accompanied by drum, string, and pipe. A blend of hip hop and contemporary styles set to contemporary music will add to the narrative as we witness the passage of time and the Tai Dam relocation.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
For questions and inquiries, please email theGUILDdance@gmail.com
May 6th and 7th @ 8pm
(dis)connect. explores the raw physical and emotional connections created when individuals meet face-to-face. The work was inspired by spontaneous encounters of love, friendship, and conversations during a year of journeying around the world. This new work is a contemporary modern duet in-the-round that will be performed hand-in-hand with visual projections, photographic installation, and multimedia live-feed interaction. The online program and live-feed capabilities via audience’s personal electronic devices will allow for an interactive relationship between the dance and the audience members.
Following the 55-minute, no intermission performance, the company invites the audience to join in a (approximate 20-30 minute) in-the-round conversation. Goal is discussion about inter- and intra-personal connection to community. This opportunity offers the audience to share, reflect, and investigate connection to the choreographic work, personal story, and/or societal events/issues within community.
Dénouement by Intrepidus Dance
May 17th and 18th @ 7:30
Merriam Webster defines dénouement as: “the final outcome of a complex sequence of events.” Intrepidus’ fifth season was navigated amidst a season of grief and healing for both Artistic Director Holly Logan Livingston and Executive Director Samantha Weissbach Williams. The narratives that have resulted investigate the celebration and heartache of welcoming new life, as well as examine how humanity quantifies the quality of a life already lived. Through Dénouement, Livingston and Weissbach Williams share experiences that have altered the very makeup of their DNA, in the hopes they can provide a space of comfort, empathy, and inspiration for all people laying the course of this tumultuous sea of life.
Dénouement will feature one new work by Artistic Director Holly Logan Livingston (Becoming), as well as one new work by Executive Director Samantha Weissbach Williams (Love & Risk).
In Becoming, Logan Livingston explores the journey of a woman into motherhood. Inspired by her journey as a new mom, she delves into the sometimes difficult reality of how a woman must transform in order to become a mother. Divided into three sections, Becoming addresses the evolution of self, postpartum depression, and acceptance and self-love. Using inspiration from her own life and the lives of mothers around her, Logan Livingston is thankful to show this new work highlighting this moment in her life.
In Love & Risk, Weissbach Williams shares a deeply personal and vulnerable narrative on the meaning of life. In the last 10 years, she has experienced multiple passings of close family members which has driven her to repeatedly examine and reflect on the impact she wants to leave upon humanity when her time comes to a close. Love & Risk speaks to a simple desire to live a life that “fights the suffering while seeing the gift” and embodies that “love is the yes to it all.”
May 31st and June 1st @ 7:30pm
June 2nd @ 2pm
RECONSTRUCT is the first enterprise of Pitch+Roll Productions, dedicated to building community and audience in the dance and art scene in Seattle. In this first installment, Jaime Waliczek of Jerboa Dance and Stella Kutz of Yaw Theater team up to create Notions//Forms, joined by Beth Terwilliger’s The Gray, building on the theme of reconstruction.
Situations can overwhelm us, and reduce us to splinters and rubble. Often times, this is a necessary tribulation, just the beginning of us coming through to be better, more actualized humans. “The wound is the place where the light enters you”-Rumi.
Or perhaps it is the reconfiguring of ideas, the idea that with more knowledge that has been dug up, or differently organized concepts, a new picture is discovered, with more depth and intrigue than before. These ideas are explored by the companies in an evening length dance concert at Yaw Theater, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, May 31st-June 2nd.
Showtimes are May 31st and June1st at 7:30pm, and a 2pm matinee on June 2nd. Tickets are at brownpapertickets.com. Presale is $18, $25 at the door, and to make art more accessible to the community, the Sunday matinee is pay-what-you-can.