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kaleidoscope: concert opens this weekend


Kaleidoscope in Concert
May 7–9
Choreographers: Mary Kay Bisagnano-Vadino, Ellie Sandstrom, W. Scott Davis and Lindsey Rosen, Anna Mansbridge, Eryca Nelson, Charlotte Newman, Sylvie Baldwin, and Kaleidoscope dancers (Colleen Dishy photo )
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Kaleidoscope in Concet comes to Broadway Performance Hall Mother’s Day weekend.

Kaleidoscope Dance Company stays eternally young and exuberant despite being one of Seattle’s oldest modern dance companies. Celebrating 29 years of sharing powerful, playful, and professional performances with Seattle and the world, the company dancers are young people ages 8-16. This rich and diverse performance features premieres by local and nationally recognized choreographers. Dances choreographed by company members showcase the talent and creative collaboration of the dancers. Kaleidoscope in Concert celebrates the joy of dance with an exceptional balance of youth and professionalism. Audiences of all ages will enjoy engaging choreography performed with Kaleidoscope’s unique blend of talent, enthusiasm, and soul!

Experience an energetic, enthusiastic, and youthful taste of modern dance with riveting and tantalizing choreography by Mary Kay Bisagnano-Vadino, Ellie Sandstrom, W. Scott Davis and Lindsey Rosen, Anna Mansbridge, Eryca Nelson, Charlotte Newman, Sylvie Baldwin, and Kaleidoscope dancers.

Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA

Friday, May 7, 7:30
Saturday, May 8, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, May 9, 3:30pm
Adult Tickets: $16
Youth/Senior Tickets: $8

Festival seating available through Brown Paper Tickets
Call 1.800.838.3006 or visit

Patron tickets with reserved seating available through Creative Dance Center
Adult Patron Tickets: $35
Youth/Senior Patron Tickets: $20
Call 206.363.7281 or visit

Choreography and Choreographers

Motion is a new piece that unfurls the choreography of dance instructor, performer, and choreographer Ellie Sandstrom and the cast of 12 talented Kaleidoscope dancers. As they fly through the open space they find moments of hover and ease as they follow the winds of change.

Seattle based choreographers and performing artists, Lindsey Rosen and W. Scott Davis’ An Eye for the Small Wonders awakens theatrical playfulness, collaborative lifting and partnering, and the wondrous pull of nature to bring us each into the present moment.

Messin’ Around is a playful frolic with chairs choreographed by CDC faculty member and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance Anna Mansbridge. The dancers push, pull, nudge, spin, and tip each other on and off chairs with the goal of winning a chair. Then, ghostly music sounds and the dancers find themselves haunted by a peculiar tune.

Sharing in Water’s Ways, created by choreographer Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Dance company members, illustrates the dynamic qualities of water which we as humans also possess. As the dancers embody these fluid ways of moving, a sense of strength and beauty is revealed. The dance reflects an awareness toward our need to encourage ourselves and others to live a more harmonious, joyful life.

Kaleidoscope dancers choreographed Shattered, Silver Flame, A Peace of War, and Mezzo Forte for the 2009 Gift of Dance Concert. These four pieces were created using the choreographic device of motif development and explore opposing ideas such as Destruction/Rebuilding, Fire/Ice, War/Peace, and Individual/Group.

800,000 Tears, choreographed by Kaleidoscope dancers Sara Grendon and Marta Anex-Schnauss, illuminates the human suffering of genocide in Africa.

Rise Up, created by Kaleidoscope alumna Eryca Nelson and the dancers, explores the notion that overcoming social issues and emotional pressures takes team work. Speaking up and reaching out can lead to building a community of support and healing.

Kaleidoscope alumna Charlotte Newman gives the audience a look at an ordinary object and how it can be used in the most extraordinary ways. All around us, objects are used for specific reasons, narrowing their use to an expected norm. In Paper Bags, the dancers take on the challenge of bending the boundaries of normal and explore new avenues of movement with every day paper bags.

Cutouts, choreographed by Kaleidoscope alumna Sylvie Baldwin in collaboration with the members of Kaleidoscope Dance Company, contrasts the three dimensionality of the human spirit with the two dimensionality of society’s expectations for individuals. The piece celebrates diversity of emotion and encourages freedom of expression.

Kaleidoscope Dance Company
Anne Green Gilbert
Artistic Director

Creative Dance Center
12577 Densmore Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133