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news and notes: la danse dvd & seattle dance project & whim w’him & jerome tisserand


I’ve fallen off the wagon already! But I thought you’d want to know…

  • La Danse – Coming out on video July 12. (Thanks, NWFF, for bringing it to Seattle last winter!) See below.
  • Seattle Dance Project – ACT Theater has named’em their resident dance company. And what a season they have in store next year! (see below)
  • Whim W’Him – Created a piece earlier this month with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. (Here are some videos of her past work.) We’ll have to be patient…it’s for 2011.
  • Jérôme Tisserand – Here’s a little piece I posted about this PNB corps dancer in his very good performance in his first lead role in a 3-act ballet. If you like his dancing, please comment on that site. It’s his hometown : )  His partner in Coppélia, Lesley Rausch, was of course fabulous and intelligent and musical…but she’s in an article I wrote for Pointe magazine, so, no spoilers.

LA DANSE – Verbatim from marketing e-mail
Now is your chance to pre-order Frederick Wiseman’s critically acclaimed documentary LA DANSE—The Paris Opera Ballet. Orders will be shipped out beginning the week of July 12th, 2010, but you may place you order now!

Simply go to To add the film to your shopping cart, click on the purchase price inside the box on the right of the screen.

LA DANSE will be available in DVD for $34.95, and for the first time ever, you will be able to own a Wiseman documentary in Blu-ray ($44.95)! Blu-ray discs will be available later in July. If you are interested in ordering the film in Blu-ray, please check back with later this summer.

Please note: Zipporah Films can only ship to locations within English-speaking North America.

For information on ordering for shipment to locations outside of this territory, please contact:
Argentina—Cine Ojo,
Australia & New Zealand—Madman,
Austria—Thim Film
Belgium—P’tit Ciné,
Canada—Metropole Films,
Denmark—Camera Film
France—Sophie Dulac Distribution,
Germany—Kool Film Distribution,
Hungary—Anjou Lafayette,
Portugal—Clap Filmes,
Spain—Karma Films,
Sweden—Folkets Bio,
Taiwan—Swallow Wings
U.K & Ireland—Soda Pictures,


verbatim from marketing e-mail

Dear Friends of Seattle Dance Project,

We are very grateful for your continuing support that has helped us to achieve some of our goals! As we come to the end of our fiscal year, we want to share some wonderful news—Seattle Dance Project’s third season (2009-2010) was our most successful year so far! ACT Theater has named Seattle Dance Project as their resident dance company, which is quite an honor! In order to complete our fiscal year with a surplus, we are reaching out to you. Any contribution from you will help us to get our dancers back into the studio this June and rehearsing for our next season (2010—2011).

In spite of a challenging economic climate, we have been able to present an impressive range of work: three world premieres, one Seattle premiere, an original full-length narrative work by three choreographers, and several performances in local dance showcases, including “Men in Dance” and “Chop Shop-Bodies of Work.” Highlights for the season include Seattle Dance Project’s “Earth,” a collaboration with the chamber group, Simple Measures, and “Project 3” at ACT’s Falls Theater. In this past fiscal year, we have been supported by contributions from our friends and patrons, grants from the city of Seattle, King County and the Laird Norton Family Foundation. As an introduction to our year-long dance residency at Shoreline’s Parkwood Elementary School, we held our first educational program for 400 students.

Next season we will have an encore showing of “Project Orpheus” at ACT and planning for “Project 4” includes the contributions of choreographer Hilde Koch from Spain and modern dance icon Molissa Fenley from New York. In addition, Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater has agreed to collaborate with our company to create a new and original variety show that promises to be a crowd pleaser!
We hope that you will continue to explore dance with us and help us to finish our fiscal year with enough funds to begin planning for our next season. Please visit to donate online or contact us / 206-321-0407

Please help keep the Seattle Dance Project movement alive with your donation today! Seattle Dance Project is a 501(c)3 organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Many thanks,
Julie and Tim