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Weekend Preview

The Crux premieres Friday March 8
Photo by Scott Sutherland
 Dream Brain
March 7, 7:15 PM and 8:45 PM, West Hall at Century Ballroom
Lingo Productions premieres Sad City and Rain Beats Down– the two dance films created as a part of the Collision Theory project. With a cast of over thirty Seattle dancers, Rain Beats Down was filmed at the I-5 “overpass to nowhere” at the north end of the arboretum (soon to be demolished). The films were shot by Cinematographers Christian Hansen (Sad City), Sebastien Scandiuzzi and Linas Phillips (Rain Beats Down), and feature three original songs by KT Niehoff, Ivory Smith and Scott Colburn. Cabaret-style seating with a limited menu and bar available from The Tin Table. For the first showing doors open at 6:30 PM with the film screening at 7:15 PM. Doors open at 8 PM for the second screening with the film showing at 8:45 PM. Tickets are available at the door for a discounted price with an advance RSVP here.
The Crux
March 8, 6:30 PM, KaKao Café
Artistic collaborators Scott Sutherland and Irene Beausoleil,collectively known as The Crux, published their first photo-collection titled Moments of Truth, an ebook available online at the Amazon Kindle Store in December. Their project has since expanded to include live performance and they will be premiering their latest work, New Summer Time, this Friday. The performance will feature a quartet of dancers, mostly recent Cornish alums, as well as a showcasing of the digital art and photography that inspired the movement. Held at the KaKao Café in South Lake Union, this a free event and light refreshments will be served. More information about The Crux is available here.
Culturebot: Everyone’s a Critic
March 7, 8:00 PM, On the Boards
Everyone’s a critic! Or are they? What’s the difference between having an opinion and having a conversation? How do we move beyond “love it/hate it” reviewing and into real dialogue? Culturebot seeks to answer these questions at On the Boards for a one-night-only interactive performance event. Culturebot’s Jeremy Barker and Andy Horwitz will be joined by some of Seattle’s best and brightest artists, critics, funders, administrators, and audience members to begin breaking down contemporary performance and how we talk about it. Featured guests include Velocity Dance Center’s Executive Director, Tonya Lockyer and several other local luminaries. Everyone’s A Critic will launch their Citizen Critic Project, a national initiative to activate and inspire public critical conversations on the arts and society. Tickets are available here.
Coming Up Next
PNB: Modern Masterpieces
March 15–24, McCaw Hall
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s March mixed-bill, delivers repertory giants, and a world premiere. Artistic Director Peter Boal’s desire to curate new choreographic collections paved the way for works by Ulysses Dove and Twyla Tharp to enter PNB’s repertory. This program features Dove’s ode to love and loss, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, as well as Tharp’s exuberant and aerobic, In the Upper Room. Also on the bill is Concerto Barocco, George Balanchine’s testament to the mathematical beauty of Bach staged by the pre-eminent Francia Russell, one of the first ballet masters chosen by Balanchine to stage his works. And PNB’s own Paul Gibson (The Piano Dance) unveils Mozart Pieces, a new work sensitively crafted to the dancers he knows best. Tickets are available here.
Inception Dance Theater: TEN to ONE
March 14–16, 7:00 PM, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
One of the newest company’s in town, Inception Dance Theater makes a splashy premiere with TEN to ONE, featuring their ten new company members. The troupe presents their Spring concert featuring three world premiere works by Jen Porter, Josh Deininger, and Artistic Director Christian Richards. The evening will be highlighted by the legendary jazz diva and guest artist, Sandy Graham. Tickets are available here.
Ballo Allo Vita
March 15–16, 8:00 PM, Velocity Dance Center
Ballo Alla Vita, which means “Dance to Life,” is a collection of new works by members of Version Excursion Dance Company. The evening celebrates life and the group’s shared love of dance. The performance will feature excerpts from The Graceland Projectby Erin Nichole Boyt, inspired by the music of Paul Simon.  Other works include original pieces by Ingrid Porter, Ann MacLean, and Lisa Hoge. Also on the bill is SERENDIP. Directors Sarah Kathryn Olds and Eric Eugene Aguilar dabble in improvisation in their latest work for the group. Tickets are available here.