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Mary Murfin Bayley is back in Seattle and writing about dance. Hurray! I just saw this Whim W’Him article of hers on the City Arts Blog.

Seattle Dance Project opens this Friday. Two premieres…by E. Liang, and K. Stowell. More info from their e-mail notice, which I’ve posted below verbatim. (It includes a pay-what-you-will dress rehearsal.) And they’ve a new video on YouTube.  More hurrays, and congratulations to Julie Tobiason on that darling new baby of hers!

Also playing this weekend:
January 28–31: Bruno Beltrão’s Grupo de Rua: H3 at On the Boards
January 29: Tao: The Martial Art of Drumming at the Moore Theatre

City Arts Seattle’s February magazine has an article on Chop Shop by Bond Huberman.

And, in the City Arts calendar, they are breaking a bit with traditional Seattle publication hierarchies. More hurrays. Although their calendar does start with Pop Music, after that, the arts are listed alphabetically. I suggested it last month (since I work on the dance calendar for them) and they were brave enough to do it…almost brave enough to go all the way and let pop music take its place among other arts, not above it. Anyways, kudos to them for going as far as they did. May other publications follow suit.

Sokvannara Sar at Vail International Dance Festival,
Philip Glass at the piano (photo © Erin Baiano)

Sokvannara Sar’s photo appeared on the front page of the NYT’s art section the other day. It was the lead-in to an article about New York’s Dance on Camera Festival, as the documentary about this PNB dancer—Dancing Across Borders—opens in NY on the 29th.  We saw it here in Seattle first. Thanks, SIFF!  (If you click on the link and see a harlequin…that’s Sar.)

A quick check with SIFF re: any more dance-related movies they have planned for us: It’s too soon to tell, they say. Across town, though, Northwest Film Forum is bringing us the restored-print version of Red Shoes, starting February 12.

And, for a little paparazzi-ing...always happy to see Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman…sad to spread gossip if it’s false or hurtful…but most importantly: that’s PNB’s Carrie Imler and Jonathan Porretta in the background of this NY Post pix. Looking forward to seeing them both in Sleeping Beauty, which opens next week.

PNB’s Sleeping Beauty casting is up.

And, Seattle Dance Project info appears below… My goes-to-all-arts-all-the-time friend said that last year’s winter program by Seattle Dance Project was her favorite experience of the entire year.

 Seattle Dance Project’s E-mail Notice:

“Project Three is composed of a highly inspired range of works: some are preexisting works, some are premiering for the first time in Seattle, and some are world premieres. We are presenting two world premieres by Kent Stowell and Edwaard Liang, a Seattle premiere by Mark Haim, “Because” by James Canfield, and “In Another Land” by Betsy Cooper.

*Don’t miss One Free Beer Night!* for all our patrons attending the Opening Night performance of Project Three. Great dance and great beer. This event is generously sponsored by Pikes Place Brewery.

Purchase tickets to Project 3 or call ACT’s Ticket Office at (206) 292-7676.

We are also offering a great family pack that costs $60.00 for two adults and up to three children 17 and under!

Project Three

ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

Kreielsheimer Place

700 Union Street


Friday, January 29, 8:00pm

Saturday January 30 8:00pm

Sunday, January 31, 2pm

Friday, Feb 5th, 8:00pm

Saturday Feb 6th, 8:00pm


Project Three preview video

Seattle Weekly preview

Don’t miss these Project Three events:

Pay What You Will Dress Rehearsal January 28th at 7PM at ACT Theatre, RSVP at

SDP talkbacks after each performance, engage in conversation with the Artisitic Directors and SDP dancers.

Closing Night After Party February 6th after the performance. It’s a fun opportunity to meet the artists and mingle after the show.”