boost festival: march 27–28

EXIT SPACE

2010 BOOST Festival
March 27–28

who’s dancin’ • copy from promo e-mail • press release

Thanks to Marlo Martin of eXit Space School of Dance for bringing Seattle a brand-new festival. Yay!

BOOST Festival joins Chop Shop (February)…OtB’s Northwest New Works (June)…Men in Dance (every other October)…in facilitating dance performance and dance access. Facilitating sounds like a fluff word, but I don’t mean it that way: I think that festivals like these are so important to our dance community.

[Am I missing festivals? My apologies for the oversight. Please note’em in the comments. Thx!]

– Rosie

WHO’S BRINGING WORKS TO THE BOOST FESTIVAL? 
(links to websites are at left)
Kristen Legg – Redd Legg Dance
Kristin Hapke – tindance
Sarah Mercer – Sapience Dance Collective
Tesee George – Dance Contemporary
Gabriel Bruya – featuring Northwest Dance Syndrome
Kristina Dillard – Big Red Dance
Marlo K Martin – featuring Northwest Dance Syndrome and guests

image courtesy of the Boost dance festival

FROM PROMOTIONAL E-MAIL
(verbatim)

the BOOST dance festival was spawned from one simple phrase: “Shut up and say something.” With hundreds of artists calling the greater Seattle area home, competition is tough. Dancers and choreographers struggle each year to be included in a handful of festivals to promote and showcase their work . Artistic Director, Marlo Martin, is producing the BOOST dance festival in order to create a new and exciting venue for talented, brave, and vivacious local artists. This year, 36 dancers from seven different companies will strut their stuff March 27-28 at the Erickson Theater in Capitol Hill.

Each of the BOOST artists are ready, willing, and eager to stand tall and stand proud as they present their works to you. So get up and get poppin, close your eyes and take a leap, run through the door, run up a wall, hug ’til it hurts and kiss ’til you’re chapped! Let’s get excited to see new dance! Come join us…. get to the BOOST festival and be a part of the fury!

the 2010 BOOST dance festival
March 27-28 at 8pm
the Erickson Theater
1524 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

For more festival information and artist bios go to:
www.boostdancefestival.com

Tickets available at:
www.brownpapertickets.com

the 2010 BOOST dance festival artists
Kristen Legg – Redd Legg Dance
Kristin Hapke – tindance
Sarah Mercer – Sapience Dance Collective
Tesee George – Dance Contemporary
Gabriel Bruya – featuring Northwest Dance Syndrome
Kristina Dillard – Big Red Dance
Marlo K Martin – featuring Northwest Dance Syndrome and guests

CONTACT US
Marlo Martin
Artistic Director
eXit SPACE school of dance
the BOOST dance festival
marlo@exitspacedance.com
206-949-8643

PRESS RELEASE FROM DECEMBER 2009
(verbatim)
Local entrepreneur and artist, Marlo Martin, is on a mission to open doors for northwest choreographers and performers. She will produce BOOST, a new dance festival, which will debut at the Erickson Theatre in Seattle on March 27-28, 2010. The BOOST dance festival is now accepting applications. The application deadline is January 23, 2010. Six choreographers will be chosen to present their work in this diverse and innovative concert. Choreographers will also receive free rehearsal space, as well as full production and promotional work which will ensure the northwest dance community recognizes their efforts, creativity, and fervor and is properly notified of this new dance festival. The six artists selected will be announced January 30. Applicants can find the forms online at www.exitspacedance.com/events or by calling eXit SPACE at 206-949-8643.
BOOST is a dance festival meant to create an opportunity for Seattle contemporary dance artists of all genres to showcase their work alongside their peers. The hundreds of artists that call the northwest home compete each year to be showcased in a handful of festivals; the competition is tough, leaving many eligible and talented artists to self-produce at a high financial cost. Marlo Martin, of eXit SPACE school of dance, understands the struggle of the artists. Ms. Martin has been a director, performer, teacher, and choreographer in the northwest for the past seven years and is now stepping into the role of producer. Martin shares, “I have a deep sense of obligation to step forward and produce. I have had so many artists help me along my path and now I can begin to give back. I look forward to introducing a diverse set of dance works to a Seattle audience.” In addition to producing Marlo has also been in collaboration with Northwest Dance Syndrome, a long standing professional modern company. NWDS will present their work, choreographed by Martin at the BOOST dance festival, “I hope that by showing a successful collaboration we can begin to work with one another in the dance community; new faces and partnerships lead to fresh ideas!”
Ms. Martin’s career has taken her across the country as a performer and choreographer. Since making Seattle home seven years ago she has become a part of the dance community as a dancer, director, choreographer, and teacher. Ms. Martin is committed to providing a professional, supportive, diverse, and inspiring festival open to applicants of all backgrounds. For the past five years choreographers and directors in the northwest community have been sharing their stories with artistic director Marlo Martin. These stories are rich with a dedication to present meaningful and entertaining works of dance to Seattle audiences. These artists struggle to raise enough funds to selfproduce and are limited by the few professional festivals offered to the dance community in Seattle. With an abundance of companies and choreographers, the competition is tough—many new, fresh, and talented artists have not been seen by large audiences. BOOST will give these artists a chance to perform alongside the northwest’s best. BOOST aims to assist choreographers and directors in the promotion and development of their work.