more newsy bits

MORE NEWSY BITS
– Whim W’Him’s Bastille Day bawdiness
– PNB: this year’s promotions
– ARC Dance Company performs at the Leo K on July 15–17 
– Sonia Dawkins taps at Haiti Benefit put on by The Heroes on June 20
– DAG’s 17th improv festival (August 1–8) starts July 31 with a wine tasting at 12th & Olive Wine Co.
– OtB announces line-up for the A.W.A.R.D. SHOW! 

WHIM W’HIM’s NIGHTCAP (I think they’re wearing more than that…?)
(from a marketing e-mail)
Come and see Whim W’Him at it’s naughtiest –> Nightcap at The Triple Door: L’Edition Francaise

It is silly, fun and naughty…nothing like we have ever done before!
Check out the link to photographs by La Vie Photography at the bottom of this email.

July 14, 2010: 7pm and 10pm – $20

Nightcap at The Triple Door: L’Edition Francaise is a split bill of new work by Lily Verlaine (Artistic Director and choreographer of The Burlesque Nutcracker), Kitten LaRue (Artistic Director and choreographer of The Atomic Bombshells) and Olivier Wevers (Artistic Director and Choreographer, Whim W’Him).

The three choreographers will present new dance and burlesque works set to the sensational catalogues of artists Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy, France Gall, Brigitte Bardot and other French icons. Weaving their own French Paradox, Verlaine, LaRue and Wevers explore eros, farce, manipulation, naivete and alluring indifference in three individual short programs. This is a provocative evening of Francophilia not to be missed, as we only celebrate the storming of The Bastille once a year!

The Triple Door
216 Union St.
Seattle WA 98101
206-838-4333
www.thetripledoor.net

Ticket Link:
http://www.thetripledoor.net/Calendar/Events/July-2010/Bastille-Day.aspx?date=2010-07-14

ARC DANCE COMPANY

WHAT:   Summer Dance at The  Center—a mixed rep program at Seattle Center
WHERE:  Bagley Wright/Leo Kreielsheimer Theatre
155 Mercer Street | Seattle, WA 98109
WHEN:   July 15 – 17, 2010 (Thursday ? Saturday) at 8:00 PM
TICKETS & INFO: Adults – $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Students/Seniors – $15 (under 18 or valid student ID / 65+)
www.arcdance.org  ARC Dance 206 352-0798

PNB PROMOTIONS
(verbatim, from a press release)
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET ANNOUNCES DANCER PROMOTIONS FOR 2010-2011 SEASON
SEATTLE, WA — As the company returned to the rehearsal studios today following their post-season break, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal was very pleased to announce six dancer promotions for the 2010-2011 season. Seth Orza, who joined PNB as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007, has been promoted to the rank of principal dancer. Corps de ballet member Laura Gilbreath, who joined PNB as an apprentice in 2003, was promoted to the rank of soloist as was Sarah Ricard Orza, a member of PNB’s corps de ballet since 2007.  Mr. Boal was also happy to announce that Chelsea Adomaitis, Ryan Cardea, and Ezra Thomson, who joined PNB as apprentices in 2009, have all been promoted to the corps de ballet.
Seth Orza is from San Francisco, California. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1999, he joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice. He became a corps de ballet member in 2000, and in 2007 he was promoted to soloist. At New York City Ballet, Mr. Orza danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Symphony in C, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2; Peter Martins’ Reliquary and Romeo + Juliet; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Fanfare, In Memory Of…, Interplay, and Piano Pieces; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Evenfall, and Polyphonia. Mr. Orza joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007 and was promoted to soloist in 2008. He has originated leading roles in Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements, Jonathan Porretta’s Lacrymosa, and Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less and danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia, Diamonds, Emeralds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Symphony in C; Val Caniparoli’s The Seasons; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty; Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite; Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) and Variations Sérieuses. In April 2009, Mr. Orza performed as a guest artist with San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine’s Emeralds.
Laura Gilbreath is from Hammond, Louisiana. She trained with Phoebe Brantley in Baton Rouge, Joseph Giacobbe and Richard Rholdon in New Orleans, and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2003 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2004. She has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Diamonds, Prodigal Son, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Rubies, and Symphony in C; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven and Red Angels; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty; Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort; Brian Reeder’s Lost Language of the Flight Attendant; Jerome Robbins’ In the Night and West Side Story Suite; Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker and Silver Lining; and Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less. Ms. Gilbreath has performed as a guest artist with Lafayette Ballet Theatre.
Sarah Ricard Orza is from Amherst, Massachusetts. She trained at Amherst Ballet School and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1999, she joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice. She became a member of the corps de ballet in 2000 and danced with the company until 2006. At New York City Ballet, Ms. Orza danced leading roles in Balanchine’s Coppélia, Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty, and Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare and Interplay. In 2007, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer. She has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia and Emeralds; Val Caniparoli’s The Seasons; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite; Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker; Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and Opus 111.
Chelsea Adomaitis is from Boston, Massachusetts. She studied with Wayne Stewarte in Massachusetts and at Harid Conservatory and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Harid Conservatory, the Royal Ballet School (London), and National Ballet School (Canada). While a student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Ms. Adomaitis performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s Cortège Hongrois and La Source and originated roles in ballets by Sonia Dawkins, Kiyon Gaines, and Olivier Wevers. In 2009, Ms. Adomaitis won a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Level I award. She was also a Youth America Grand Prix finalist in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Ryan Cardea is from New York City. He studied on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses at American Ballet Theatre, Chautauqua School of Dance, Miami City Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, where he was a 2009 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. While a student at Pacific Northwest School, Mr. Cardea performed leading roles in Bruce Wells’ Pinocchio and originated roles in ballets by Barry Kerollis and Jonathan Porretta.
Ezra Thomson is from San Bernardino, California. He studied on scholarship at Riverside Ballet Arts, Orlando Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet School (Canada), the Rock School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Mr. Thomson was a 2009 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. He danced with Orlando Ballet before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2009. While a student in Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Mr. Thomson performed the lead in George Balanchine’s La Source and also originated roles in ballets by Kiyon Gaines, Stanko Milov, and Olivier Wevers, as well as the role of Geppetto in Bruce Wells’ Pinocchio. In 2007, Mr. Thomson won the gold medal in the regional Youth America Grand Prix competition.

HAITI BENEFIT / SONIA DAWKINS
(verbatim, from their marketing e-mail)
The Heroes Partner with Sonia Dawkins/Prism Dance in Haiti Benefit Event

WHO: Local non-profit organization The Heroes
WHAT: A fundraiser for Haitian humanitarian organization HOPEH; All proceeds to benefit HOPEH
WHEN: Tuesday, July 13 & 20, 7 p.m.
WHERE: JewelBox Theater (2322 Second Ave. at the Rendezvous)
WHY: Because six months later, there is still MUCH to be done in Haiti
TICKETS? $25 suggested donation; For guests 21 and older only; Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com  

GOUDOUGOUDOU: A Night of Art and Readings for Haiti
because it’s something we can-do can-do

Event lineup:

  • Sonia Dawkins/Prism Dance performing original tap dance
  • Jessica Day reads an excerpt of a tremendous memoir-in-progress about her experiences in Haiti
  • A monologue told from the perspective of the Michelle Bennett (notorious former First Lady of Haiti) – adapted from an original screenplay about the exiled Duvalier family, written by Rosalind Bell.
  • A short documentary film by Nathan Bean, compiled of original footage shot while volunteering in Haiti 
  • An essay by Bond Huberman entitled “An Introduction to Haiti for People Who Don’t Want to Know”
  • Lessons in Creole and more….

DRINK FOR DAG
(verbatim from their marketing e-mail)
Saturday, July 31, 2010 | 6-8pm

DRINK FOR DAG!

A party/benefit for Dance Art Group… and your taste buds!

Join us for a wine tasting at 12 & Olive Wine Company, the best wine shop in the whole world.

Enjoy fabulous wines and treats, and help us kick off the 17th annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation August 1-8!

12th & Olive Wine Company, 1125 E Olive
$15-25 at the door
Info/RSVP: info@danceartgroup.org | 206/686-7323

Proceeds benefit Dance Art Group, fostering and promoting the study, practice and appreciation of improvisational dance in Seattle.

A.W.A.R.D. SHOW!
(from an OtB e-mail…see the verbatim long press release below to check out whose work is showing in the other A.W.A.R.D. cities.)
On the Boards and the Joyce Theater are thrilled to announce the lineup for The A.W.A.R.D Show! 2010-2011. The Seattle lineup includes:

*       Lauren Edson
*       Rainbow Fletcher – The Offshore Project
*       Angelle Hebert – tEEth
*       Marc Kenison aka “Waxie Moon”
*       Ricki Mason and Jody Kuehner – The Cherdonna and Lou Show
*       Shannon Mockli
*       Marissa Rae Niederhauser – Josephine’s Echopraxia
*       Ellie Sandstrom – SANDSTROMMOVEMENT
*       David Lorence Schleiffers – Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre
*       Zoe Scofield – zoe | juniper
*       Crispin Spaeth
*       Olivier Wevers – Whim W’Him

See the attached and enclosed release for more info on the format of the event, the lineups in all cities and profiles of the panelists and presenting organizations. Also attached are bios for all participating artists.

As previously announced, OtB will feature 2 changes:                                                    

After listening to feedback from participants, patrons and the wider community we felt it was important to allow applicants to send proposals for new work and to also offer honorariums to all the chosen participants. As an organization we value innovation and wanted to be able to address this more directly in our edition of the competition by opening up the proposals from the beginning. Additionally, we feel it is important to recognize the efforts of artists and compensate them accordingly.

A.W.A.R.D. SHOW! Full Press Release
(verbatim…but without the information about the various organizations participating)
July 13, 2010                                                            
The Joyce Theater and On the Boards, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, REDCAT, Dance Affiliates and ODC Theater announce the 12 choreographers for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! in each of the 6 cities
The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010-2011: Seattle
Thu – Sun | Jan 27 – 30 | 8pm | $15

Seattle – On the Boards and The Joyce Theater Foundation, in partnership with The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, REDCAT (Los Angeles), Dance Affiliates (Philadelphia), and ODC Theater (San Francisco) are pleased to announce the 12 choreographers in each of the six cities who will participate in The A.W.A.R.D Show! 2010-2011.  One choreographer from each of these cities will take home a $10,000 award to use toward the creation of a new dance work.  Two runners-up will additionally receive $1,000 a piece. The winner will be chosen through a process of performance, moderated discussion and audience voting.  Major funding for this program has been provided by The Boeing Company.

The lineup for On the Boards includes:
*       Lauren Edson
*       Rainbow Fletcher – The Offshore Project
*       Angelle Hebert – tEEth
*       Marc Kenison a.k.a. “Waxie Moon”
*       Ricki Mason and Jody Kuehner – The Cherdonna and Lou Show
*       Shannon Mockli
*       Marissa Rae Niederhauser – Josephine’s Echopraxia
*       Ellie Sandstrom – SANDSTROMMOVEMENT
*       David Lorence Schleiffers – Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre
*       Zoe Scofield – zoe | juniper
*       Crispin Spaeth
*       Olivier Wevers – Whim W’Him

Seattle choreographers will additionally receive a $500 honorarium as part of their participation. See pages 2 – 4 for all city lineups, 4 – 5 for panelist information and the format of the event, and 6 – 9 for information on all the presenting organizations.

The 60 participants in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco are:

NYC:
*       Julie Bour-The Flying Mammoth
*       Roger Celedonio and Esther Mayda-Alma Boliviana
*       Alejandro Chavez-Ciudad Interior
*       Eunkyungkim-GoGoVertigoat Dance and/or Performance
*       Satoshi Haga-binbinFactory
*       Michel Kouakou
*       Aaron McGloin-Aaron McGloin Dance
*       Helen Simoneau
*       Lauri Stallings-gloATL
*       Takehiro Ueyama-TAKE Dance
*       Christopher Williams
*       Yin Yue
Performance Schedule:
Joyce SoHo
            November 17-20, 2010 at 7pm
            155 Mercer Street, New York, NY
            Tickets: $18
Joyce Charge: 212-242-0800 or visit joyce.org
Tickets available September 2010

CHICAGO:
*       Peter Carpenter – Peter Carpenter Performance Project
*       Kate Corby – Kate Corby & Dancers
*       Philip Elson
*       Mike Gosney – Elements Contemporary Ballet
*       Ginger Krebs and Andy Braddock
*       Rebecca Lemme
*       Michel Rodriguez – Hedwig Dances
*       Joanna Rosenthal – Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre
*       Molly Shanahan – Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak
*       Jacqueline Stewart
*       Mary Tisa
*       Alicia Wilson
Performance Schedule:
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
July 28-31, 2010 at 8pm
1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $15                                                                          
The Dance Center: 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenter
Tickets currently available

LOS ANGELES:
*       Randé Dorn – Randé Dorn Dance Company
*       Maria Gillespie – Oni Dance
*       Pam Gonzales – Pam Gonzales-dance
*       Holly Johnston – Ledges and Bones Dance Project
*       Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters – Lean-to-Productions
*       Arianne MacBean – The Big Show Co.
*       Victoria Marks
*       Barak Marshall – for BODYTRAFFIC
*       Bradley Michaud – Method Contemporary Dance
*       Karen Schaffman – with Liam Clancy, Eric Geiger and Leslie Seiters
*       Christine Suarez
*       Meg Wolfe
Performance Schedule:
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)

 January 13-16, 2011 at 8:30pm
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets: $18
REDCAT Box Office: 213-237-2800 or visit redcat.org

PHILADELPHIA:
*       Eric G. Bean Jr.
*       Zane Booker – Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative
*       Eleanor Goudie-Averill – Stone Depot Dance Lab
*       Sarah Konner – Bedlum Dance Collective
*       Bronwen MacArthur – MacArthur Dance Project
*       Brian Tyger-B Marshall
*       Meredith Rainey – Carbon Dance Theatre
*       Gabrielle Revlock – Mano/Damno Projects
*       Rain Ross
*       Brian Sanders – Brian Sanders’ JUNK
*       Yu Wei – Yu Wei Chinese Dance Collection
*       Raphael Xavier
Performance Schedule:
Dance Affiliates
May 18-21, 2011 at 7:30pm
      The Arts Bank at the University of the Arts
      601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
      Tickets: $15
      Dance Affiliates Box Office: visit danceaffiliates.org

SAN FRANCISCO:
*       Manuelito Biag – SHIFT>>>Physical Theater
*       Kara Davis – project agora
*       Dominic Duong – sjDANCEco
*       Liss Fain – Liss Fain Dance
*       Katie Faulkner – little seismic dance company
*       Catherine Galasso
*       Alex Ketley – The Foundry
*       Jodi Lomask – Capacitor
*       Pearl Marill
*       Stacey Printz – Printz Dance Project
*       Jacinta Vlach – Liberation Dance Theater
*       Scott Wells – Scott Wells & Dancers
Performance Schedule:
ODC Theater
January 12-15, 2011 at 8pm
3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $18 single tickets (advance sale) or $60 for all four shows (advance sale)
ODC Theater Box office: 415-863-9834 or visit odctheater.org

A national panel of dance experts evaluated applications from across the United States for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! series taking place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.  The panelists included Martin Wechsler, director of programming of The Joyce Theater Foundation; George Lugg, associate director of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT);  Lane Czaplinski, artistic director of On the Boards; Phil Reynolds, executive director of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago; Randy Swartz, artistic director of Dance Affiliates; and Rob Bailis, director of ODC Theater.  Each applicant was evaluated according to the P.O.E.M. criteria: Potential, Originality, Execution and Merit.

• Potential: Does the artist have potential and seem to have the maturity to take advantage of such an award at this point in his/her career?

• Originality: Does the artist have a personal and unique voice?  Is the work innovative and does it take risks?  How singular is the artist’s movement language, concept and vision?

• Execution: Were the performers committed, well-rehearsed and capable of carrying out the intricacies of the artist’s vision?

• Merit: Can a value of the whole be attributed based on the combination of the work’s Potential, Originality and Execution?

The applicants for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! series taking place in New York City at Joyce SoHo were also evaluated according to the P.O.E.M. criteria by a group of thirteen panelists that included dance artists, arts administrators and dance enthusiasts.

Each of the series-in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle-will present the work of 12 promising contemporary choreographers.  Three preliminary evenings will feature the work of four choreographers per night.  Each dance piece will be 12-15 minutes of a completed work, excerpt or work-in-progress.  After each performance, a moderated artist and audience discussion will take place, followed by an audience vote to select a finalist to perform on the fourth and final night of the series.  Each night, the audience and the artists will be invited to a post-performance reception to encourage further informal dialogue about the work.  On the final night in each city, a panel of experts in dance and other cultural arts fields, along with the audience, will choose the winner of the award.

The first place winner in each of the six participating cities will receive a $10,000 cash award.  The two runners-up in each city will receive $1,000.  The winners and runners-up will use these awards toward the creation of new dance work.  The expansion into Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle is made possible by a generous grant from The Boeing Company. The awards in New York City are underwritten by Scott Kasen.

The six first-place winners and the twelve runners-up of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010-2011 will report back on their progress in creating new work with the prize money that they receive, and when performances of the work are scheduled, they will be advertised on The Joyce Theater website and on each company’s website as well.  In this way, the audience will have a chance to attend a performance and see a dance work that they ultimately helped to fund.

The A.W.A.R.D. Show! was created in 2005 by choreographer Neta Pulvermacher/The Neta Dance Company, Scott Kasen and producer Marisa König Beatty in response to a need for a lab-like space in which working dance artists can engage in an open dialogue with the audience about the work presented.  It is dedicated to nurturing new work, discussion, exploration, creativity and the free exchange of ideas, thoughts and opinions.

The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010-2011 is administered by The Joyce Theater Foundation.