dance in seattle this week…lots of it!

Looks like we’re living in another golden age for dance…or at least another golden week. Look how much is going on Thursday-to-Thursday:

On the Boards – Diana Szeinblum’s “Alaska” – 11/5–11/8

OtB has been trying to get this choreographer’s work for years. Finally: Success! Check out their website for two audio interviews…and to buy tix.

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Director’s Choice – 11/5–11/15

I’m lovin’ this director’s choices: Jirí Kylián’s “Petite Mort,” which so many of the dancers profess they’ve been dying to do…plus a world premiere of a fiendishly difficult ballet-ballet by Val Caniparoli (whose “Lambarena,” “Torque,” and “Bridge” I’ve adored at PNB), and the sweat-fest Mopey rush, and West Side Story Suite. Lots of video (and tix available too, including their 2-for-$25 for 25-year-olds and under on certain dates) on PNB’s website.

Seattle Dance Project – 11/6–11/15
This company starts its third year…and already it’s doing a two-weekend run. That’s great! They’re presenting “Earth” to Simple Measures’ rock-‘n’-roll arrangements and classical selections. Choreography is by former OBT director James Canfield and current UW’s Betsy Cooper. Two locations: Spectrum the first weekend, Fremont Abbey the second. Buy tix and see a preview video and interview here, under “Earth” or “5th Element.”

Shen Wei in Portland – RE: I and RE: III – 11/11
This is a group worth traveling for. They’re meditative and rhythmical. It’s not DYI contemporary dance, but it’s not slick, either. At White Bird Dance.

Redd Legg Dance – The Final Frontier – 11/6, 11/7

The Final Frontier…as in SPACE. This will be a multimedia presentation intermixed with six dance works. More info and tix on their website . (When you get to their site, look in the column on the right.)

UW World Series: Complexions – 11/12

This New York contemporary ballet company was founded 15 years ago by two who danced for Alvin. More info and tix on the UW World Series website, including a promo video. And more info on Complexions own site.