This weekend, Northwest Dance Syndrome (NWDS) presents COLLIDE at the Erickson Theatre in Capitol Hill. With a long history deeply rooted in modern dance, partnering, and improvisation, Artistic Directors Teresa Hanawalt, Anne Motl, and Maya Soto have been a collaborative team since 2003.
After seven years of creating, performing, and producing independent work, NWDS created COLLIDE out of the deep need to continue connecting and intersecting with Seattle’s diverse dance community. COLLIDE provides a space for dance artists to come together and share the stage, as well as a performance in which audiences are able to see a mix of dance perspectives, a variety of movement styles, and a broad spectrum of Seattle’s best local dance companies. In the performance’s first year, NWDS has invited some all-star Seattle performers to join them. Dance artists and companies showing work in this year’s COLLIDE are: Gabriel Bruya, BQdanza, Redd Legg Dance, The Post Scripts, and NWDS directors Anne Motl and Maya Soto/Soto Style.
Gabriel Bruya re-stages her work, Bake You a Cake, first presented in the BOOST festival last spring. In this quirky, 1950s housewife-esque work, NWDS directors dance around three tables filled with bowls, mixers, and even yummy cakes.
BQdanza will present Nincompoopiana, a dance and puppetry piece by company director Carla Barragán and BQdanza members. This work in progress explores the rebellion against the status quo through whimsical movement by five larger-than-life puppets.
Redd Legg Dance presents a new work, Cantica Renati, which uses the music of Renaissance composer Giovanni Palestrina.The work depicts the stages one goes through in life, including the death, love, and the idea of reincarnation.
The Post Scripts (Rachel Randall, Morgan Nutt, and Aliza Rudavsky) bring a trio that was last seen at RandAll Dance’s first full-length show. The work, P.S. I’m Not Chasing You, is a trio set to the music of Marketa Irglova and Fiona Apple.
NWDS directors Anne Motl and Maya Soto will both present works in this evening of dance. Soto re-stages her highly acclaimed work, Word, and has also prepared a solo for Amy Johnson entitled Lullaby. Motl will present her colorful and lighthearted work, Loretta’s Garden.
COLLIDE will be presented November 5-7, 2010 at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. Tickets are available at the door and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. General admission is $18, student and senior available for $15. Performances are at 8 pm all three days.