I hereby dub this weekend “The Weekend of Dance.” Just when you thought you have seen all there is to see this month, along come ELEVEN dance events this weekend. Get out your schedule planner and see how many you shows you can pack into just 72 hours!
Let’s start with mentioning all the weekend-long performances you can choose from. There’s Sapience Dance Collective‘s duets+ at the Erickson Theatre. The evening consists of unique artistic group collaborations, as all five members of Sapience have worked closely to choreograph, produce, and perform a surprising range of work. Shows are at 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 3 pm on Sunday. Another option this weekend is Pat Graney at On the Boards. Faith Triptych combines 3 works that Graney worked on consecutively over the course of a decade. Originally conceived as pieces for single evenings, this restaging at OtB allows a deeper glimpse into the themes of ritual and the culture of femininity that are at the core of all 3 pieces. Faith Triptych runs October 21-24. Shows are at 7:30 pm. (Note: This work is 3.5 hours long…Don’t plan an early morning breakfast, unless you want to be puffy-eyed.) Finally, Spectrum Dance Theater closes out its Studio Series this weekend with four more performances of Peering Into the Ballroom. Performances are at their Madrona studio, Friday at 8:00, Saturday at 5:00 and 8:00, Sunday at 6:00 pm. For, in my opinion, a wonderfully written review of this performance, visit www.examiner.com/dance-in-seattle/kristen-legg.
There are a few shows that open this weekend, but you can put them off until next weekend if needed. The Cabiri‘s annual Ghost Game performances run October 22-31 at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The fearless performers of The Cabiri aerial troupe will dive into the depths of the darkest myths as they encounter The Devil In the Deep Blue Sea, a collection of nine ancient tales from across the continents and beneath murky waters. Desserts and audience participation included. Also, International Ballet Theatre restages its popular ballet version of Dracula, October 22-29 at the Maydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue. Spooky fun for all!
Also performing this weekend: Violette Tucker‘s on-going performance small, but not tiny at Westlake Center on the 22nd and Carmon Flamenco at Solstice Café on the 23rd.
You would think that I am done. However, there are a number of galas, fundraisers, and benefits this weekend, as well. ARC Dance will hold its Benefit Bash in Studio One at the ARC Dance Space on October 23rd at 8 pm. The evening features Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Carla Körbes and Jeffrey Stanton in a stunning Edwaard Liang pas de deux, Für Alina. ARC Dance company members will also perform excerpts from Wade Madsen’s Black and White, Jason Ohlberg’s The Blue Room, and Betsy Cooper’s Evening Song. Also on October 23rd, Whim W’Him will hold Out on a Whim, a benefit with silent auction, dinner, and a late-night dance party. Seattle Early Dance will also hold its 11th Annual Costume Ball on Sunday at 5 pm at Creative Dance Center. Come ready to dance the social dances from the 16th-18th Centuries!
There’s one last place to see dance this weekend. Yelp Helps, Seattle is a free event at the Fremont Abbey. Yelp Seattle has cooked up a complimentary event that brings some stellar Seattle non-profits in need of support and volunteers together in one evening. Dance companies Karin Stevens Dance and Katy Hagelin Dance Project will perform in this evening of charity. 21 and older only. Drinks and light desserts. You must RSVP through Yelp.
So, that’s the weekend. Hopefully I haven’t missed anything. Good luck with your schedule. Enjoy the dance!