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Spectrum Dance Theater’s The Theater of Needless Talents

Spectrum Dance Theater: The Theater of Needless Talents

October 25­27 at 8:00 pm and October 28 at 6:00 pm, Spectrum Dance Studio Theater

Spectrum opens the “BYRD at 10” season this Thursday, October 25, with The Theater of Needless Talents, a remounting of Donald Byrd’s 2008 work that challenges us to consider the creative talents lost to the Holocaust. Opening night also welcomes the Seattle debut of three new company members: Cara-May Marcus, Alex Crozier-Jackson, and Stacie Williams. The company recently finished a national tour of the production and will be showing it here in Seattlefor four nights only. Click herefor more info and to purchase tickets.

The Cabiri: Beneath a Wing Darkened Sky

October 26­28, 7:30 pm, Youngstown Cultural ArtsCenter

The Cabiri performance troupe presents their annual Halloween-themed production of Ghost Game, this year with an avian theme. The program will feature five vignettes of feathered creatures, all accompanied by original compositions by Seattle-based musician and composer Vasilis J. Fotopolous. Price of admission includes dessert from local bakeries including Dilettante Mocha Café and Sugar Rush Baking Company. Due to mature subject matter, guests under 16 years of age will not be admitted. To purchase tickets click here. To read our take on the show click here.

Seattle Butoh Festival

October 26­28, 8:00 pm, VelocityDanceCenter

Amidst a week of events and workshops, the Seattle Butoh Festival, put on by the local group DAIPAN Butoh Collective, presents three evenings of performances with international guest artists in addition to DAIPAN members. Friday’s performance features Swedish artist SU-EN while Saturday features Atsushi Takenouchiof Japan. Sunday evening is a presentation of work by participants in the Butoh workshops throughout the week. For more information on the workshops and to purchase tickets for performances click here.

12 Minutes Max

October 28­29, 7:00 pm, On the Boards Studio Theater

In this long-standing OtB program, artists are given 12 minutes to present a contemporary work-in-progress in dance, theater, or music. Programs are curated by local leaders in the arts community. For the first 12MM of the season, the curators were choreographer Kate Wallich, writer and visual designer Eric Pitsenbarger, and Actor/Director/Playwright and Editor In Chief of the Seattle Star, José Amador. The selected works are heavy on dance with pieces by choreographers Jamie Karlovich, Kaitlin McCarthy, Babette McGeady, and Paris Hurley, as well as a theater piece by Brenna Frederickson, performance art by Korby Sears, and a music offering by Serge Gubelman. The topics range from women’s oppression, to the awkwardness of the pre-teen experience and various permutations of love and heartbreak. Click here for more info.