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Weekend Preview

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Photo by Francois Rousseau

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
November 15­17, 8:00 pm, UW’s Meany Hall

One of the most exciting companies performing in the U.S., Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet makes its Seattle debut this weekend as part of UW’s World Series. With remarkably talented dancers and a roster of highly sought-after international choreographers, the company is in high demand and fresh off a well-received first tour to England. Their program features three works created specifically for the company: Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid, Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet, and Seattle favorite Vancouver-based Crystal Pite’s Grace Engine. A show sure to leave audiences enthralled, it’s worth purchasing tickets in advance:

Dance Theater of Harlem

November 17 and 18, 8:00 pm, The Moore Theater

After an extensive hiatus due to financial difficulties, Dance Theater of Harlem is in the midst of its first tour in 8 years. Back in full gear, the company has two performances at the Moore Theater this weekend as well as several master classes around town. A quintessentially American company known for both their racial diversity and the high caliber of choreography and dancers, they have trimmed their numbers (from 44 to just under 20 dancers) but are presenting several restaged works as well as a world premiere. On the bill is Contested Spaceby Seattle’s own Donald Bryd, Gloria by Robert Garland, and the world premiere of FAR BUT CLOSE by John Alleyne. Tickets are available here. 

Cornish Dance Theater Fall Concert

November 16 (8:00 pm) and November 17 (2:00 pm and 8:00 pm), Broadway Performance Hall

CornishCollegeof the Arts presents its annual CDT Fall Concert with a line-up of both local and guest choreographers setting work on students. New York choreographer Camille A. Brown’s work New Second Line pays tribute to the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans. Danielle Agami, director of the new Seattlecompany Ate9, has created a work exploring the feminine presence with her unique movement vocabulary. Also on the bill are the colorful ballet Concerto Grosso by faculty member Pat Hon, and the 1960s themed Want by faculty member Wade Madsen. Tickets are available here.


Seattle Women + Provocative Art: Artists Responding to Elles @ SAM

November 15, 7:00 pm, VelocityDanceCenter
This multi-disciplinary think tank begins with mini-discussions and group dialogue followed by an invitation to imagine live, provocative performances in response to Elles, the current exhibit at the SeattleArtsMuseum, which features work by female artists. Curated by A K Mimi Allen in cooperation with Velocity Executive/Artistic Director, Tonya Lockyer, this event is pay-what-you-can.

Mark Haim’s This Land is Your Land
Photo by Tim Summers 

November 18, 6:30 pm, VelocityDanceCenter

A fundraising party to help send 15 Seattle artist/performers to Paris, France, where they have been invited to perform Mark Haim’s This Land Is Your Land as the opening night performance of the ArtDanThe Festival—a prestigious 2-month-long festival of contemporary dance and theater—at the Théâtre de Vanves on January 29, 2013. The fundraising event includes cocktails, food, and performances by local artists like the Can Can Castaways, Heavenly Spies, Waxie Moon, Catahoula, Jessica Jobaris, Cherdonna, and others. Tickets are available here. If you’re a working artist, enter the promo code SHIRLEY.