Sculptured Dance Returns To Seattle August 31st

Sculptured Dance at Seattle Sculpture Park

Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Art Museum are collaborating on the second “Sculptured Dance” as dancers whirl, leap, and arabesque in and around Olympic Sculpture Park’s public artwork. Part of the “Summer at Sam” series, the free, public event will take place one night only, on August 31st from 5pm to 8pm. “Sculptured Dance” is free but you must RSVP in advance. Please click here to RSVP and get more info.

PNB has commissioned works from four local choreographers, created in conversation with sculptures on-site at the park. The free public event features four new works created by Noelani Pantastico, Eva Stone, Price Suddarth, and Dani Tirrell, performed by dancers from Au Collective, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The YC. The evening will also feature live music sets by Jyun Jyun, and pop-up performances from The Purple Lemonade Collective.

Last year, the inaugural “Sculptured Dance,” attracted thousands of people. They poured into Olympic Sculpture Park to watch some of Seattle’s finest dancers perform among the park’s public art.

The 2017 line-up for “Summer at SAM: Sculptured Dance” includes:

“You Sleep Like You’ve Never Sinned,” is choreographed by Eva Stone in collaboration with the dancers of Au Collective to the music of Jyun Jyun. Arts Observer described the work as “a must-see,” that offers “incredibly diverse perspectives from various angles and vantages.”  It was the first piece to be installed in the Olympic Sculpture Park” in July 2006.

Stone is the producer and curator of “CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work,” a contemporary dance festival held annually in Bellevue, which brings the best of local, regional, national, and international contemporary dance companies together for a series of performances, lectures, and master classes.

Louis Chinn (Jyun Jyun) is a visual artist, multi-instrumentalist music producer, and art education specialist. His work explores the theme of transformation as both a visual quality and experience for the participants and communities involved. Through public art, activism, and education, he is deeply dedicated to the cause of making art a free and essential experience, regardless of one’s social positioning. As a musician, he creates audio-visual installation work and recordings under the moniker Jyun Jyun, where he explores the boundaries of cross-cultural pollination and new forms of acoustic-electronic hybridity.

“Picnic” is choreographed by Noelani Pantastico for PNB dancers to the music of The Routers. “Picnic” will be performed at the “Eagle,” a 39-foot-high, six ton sculpture by Alexander Calder. Its estimated worth is $10,000,000.

Pantastico joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1997. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 1998, soloist in 2001, and principal in 2004. In 2008 she left PNB to join Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and in she returned to PNB as a principal dancer. “Picnic” is her first choreographic effort.

“Suckle” is choreographed by Dani Tirrell for PNB dancers, Amanda Morgan and Sarah Pasch to the music performed by Kelle J. Brown. The piece  will be performed at Roxy Paine’s “Split,” is a polished stainless steel tree rising 50 feet above Olympic Sculpture Park, surrounded by its nature-born woody neighbors.

Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

Tirrell is the Artistic Director of Dani Tirrell Dance Theater. He also created Color Lines Dance Ensemble for youth dance artists ages 12-18. Dance artist, performer, choreographer and dance educator, Tirrell’s current work focuses on the queer, gender non-conforming and black experience. Mr. Tirrell teaches at NW Tap Connection, Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon, and throughout the Seattle area.

Brown, pastor of Plymouth Church United Church of Christ, believes that the world can be transformed by intentional acts of compassion. She shares her voice as a gift of authenticity and transformation and lives according to the wisdom of Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

“Untitled” is choreographed by Price Suddarth for The YC dancers to the music of William Lin-Yee. The piece is performed at Tony Smith’s Wandering Rocks.” Smith studied architecture in 1937, then landed an apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright, and opened his own architectural firm in 1940. In 1955 he changed his profession and became a sculpture. The precision in “Wandering Rocks” reflects the influences of his architectural background.

Suddarth, a corps de ballet dancer at PNB, has worked with regional companies across the country. He has participated in PNB’s NEXT STEP choreographers’ showcase and was commissioned to create a ballet for PNB School’s Annual School Performance. In 2015, PNB premiered “Signature,” the company’s first original work by Suddarth. He has presented his works at the Regional Dance America Gala, CHOP SHOP, and the Seattle International Dance Festival.

The YC is dedicated to cultivating a community of artists and audience members through the creation and presentation of designed dance-based experiences. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, and Educator Kate Wallich, The YC’s vision is a collaborative, creative, and connected community that supports and engages with progressive, risk-taking dance projects.

“Sculptured Dance” takes place on August 31st from 5pm to 8pm in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. The event is free and open to the public but you must RSVP here.

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About Starla Smith

Starla Smith is a career journalist, writing features for such publications as The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily News, The Des Moines Register, Vibe and a prize-winning Gannett Newspaper. She helped launch Theater Week Magazine and eventually became its publisher. As a regular contributor to Playbill, her interviews and photos were featured in Playbill and Playbill-on-line. Smith was featured in the New York Times "Style" section for her "Word Portraits," specialized tributes, speeches, and presentation profiles. And she covered theater and features for City Search, Digital City, and the Tena Duberry WOW! Radio show. She previously served as astrology guru for Out Magazine, and she hastens to assure her readers that "Starla" is indeed her real name.

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