Weekend Preview


Hubbard Street Dance in Ohad Naharin’s THREE TO MAX
Photo by Todd Rosenberg

PNB: Roméo et Juliette
February 1–10, McCaw Hall
An audience favorite since PNB premiered the ballet in 2008, Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette has been praised as “one of the most beautiful ballets adapted from Shakespeare’s masterpiece that can be seen today” (Scènes Magazine). Read the SeattleDances review here. Maillot’s expressive and organic choreography paired with Prokofiev’s dramatic score tells the tragic love story in three acts. With casting that showcases PNB’s finest talents, be sure to get your tickets while you can. Additionally, former principals Lucien Postelwaite and Noelani Pantastico will be reprising their roles for one night only on the evening of Saturday, February 9. Both are currently dancing with Maillot’s company, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
Hubbard Street Dance
February 9, 8:00 PM, The Paramount Theater
One of the most popular contemporary ballet companies in the country, this Chicago-based troupe will be at The Paramount for one night only. On the bill are two pieces: THREE TO MAX by Ohad Naharin and Too Beaucoup by Sharon Eyal and Gaï Behar. Tickets can be purchased here.
12 Minutes Max
February 10–11, 7:00 PM, Washington Hall
12 Minutes Max returns to Washington Hall for its February installment, the second of three 12MMs to be held in On the Boards’ former home. This presentation was curated  by Gabrielle Schutz, a Director/Choreographer of dance and theater work recently seen in Seattle International Dance Festival and at On the Boards, and Daveda Russell, the Founder & President of Nyawela Consulting, a boutique communications firm focused on supporting nonprofits. The dance portion of the line-up includes Kyle Easterly with his new work Match, a piece merging boxing and gender reversal, and Shannon Stewart sharing her process of developing a three and a half minute dance for four dancers and a live string quartet. Both the score, by composer Sam Mickens, and the dance will be performed as a solo with some potential help from the audience. Additionally, the line-up includes theater by Erin Pike, Grace Levy, Linas Phillips, and Quinn Armstrong and Kaytlin McIntyre, plus performance art by Syniva Whitney/GENDER TENDER. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door. 
Coming Up Next
Cornish BFA Dance Concerts
February 14-23, Broadway Performance Hall
Cornish College of the Arts presents the 2013 BFA Dance Concerts showcasing the choreography and performance work of Cornish Dance Department’s class of 2013.
An eclectic array of dance styles and viewpoints will be represented, ranging from modern dance to contemporary ballet, jazz to performance art, with some dances performed to live music. The concert series will also include performances of works commissioned from professional guest choreographers, including Leann Alduenda, Kelly Ann Barton, Elissa Eskridge, Sandra Mann Garcia, Iyun Harrison, Kristina Kirshner, Kristen Legg, Sarah Lofgren, Daniel Marshall, Brenna Monroe-Cook, Franco Nieto, Kemba Shannon, Alia Swersky, Kate Wallich, and Oliver Wevers. The events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Ticket reservations can be made here.
Fountainby Jeremy Wade
February 15-16, 8:00 PM, Velocity Dance Center
The award-winning American choreographer and performer Jeremy Wade is known for his excessive performances, which provoke borderline experiences in interaction with his audience. Fountain is a solo from Wade that has evolved from experiments and performances staged since 2010. The work circumvents traditional audience-performer dynamics and facilitates a generous group experience that evolves into a sensual engine. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Chop Shop: Bodies of Work
February 16-17, Meydenbauer Theater, Bellevue, WA
Now celebrating its sixth year, Chop Shop: Bodies of Work is the only annual contemporary dance festival held specifically for the Eastside. Chop Shop presents a unique and prolific sampling of contemporary dance from leading national and international award-winning dance makers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This year’s line-up includes Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle), Joshua Beamish (New York), Shayla Bott & Company (Utah), The Stone Dance Collective (Bellevue), Kiyon Gaines (Seattle), Bennyroyce Dance Productions (New York), Andrew Bartee (Seattle), Heather Dotto (Vancouver, B.C.), Vincent Lopez (Seattle), and Mid-Columbia Ballet (Richland). Tickets and more information available here.
Pilobolus
February 16, 7:30 PM, Edmonds Center for the Arts
Famed modern dance company Pilobolus performs for one night only at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Known for their shape shifting choreography and distinctive, delightful visuals, they have created a compelling canon that continually draws in dance lovers and newcomers alike. Tickets are available here.