Contemporary dance festival coming to Meydenbauer

The Eastside’s first contemporary dance festival will come to The Theatre at Meydenbauer on Sunday June 8 when StoneDance Productions presents “Chop Shop: Bodies of Work.”

  • Monday, June 2, 2008 4:14pm
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The Phffft! Dance Theatre Company will present excerpts from ‘Love Story

The Eastside’s first contemporary dance festival will come to The Theatre at Meydenbauer on Sunday June 8 when StoneDance Productions presents “Chop Shop: Bodies of Work.”

The 3 p.m. event will be the first time that a gathering of local contemporary dance innovators has jointly performed for Eastside audiences.

Each of the choreographers involved has achieved numerous critical successes throughout Europe and the United States. Though each company presented possesses their own individual voice, they are all unified in the contemporary language of dance and its power to stir the senses through the visceral moving image.

Tickets are $22.50 for adults, $18 for seniors and students. They are on sale now at or by calling 206.325.6500

The Theatre at Meydenbauer is located at 11100 N.E. Sixth St.

The performing artists include:

The Stone Dance Collective, a modern dance company that originated in London, but has been part of the Seattle dance scene for more than 10 years. Artistic director and choreographer Eva Stone will be presenting ‘Me Over You,’ a feminist and contemporary exploration of the classic ballet Pas De Quatre.

Mark Haim, a UW Senior Artist in Residence, has created works for Nederlands Dans Theatre, Ballet Frankfurt and the Jose Limon Dance Company. He will be presenting excerpts from the critically acclaimed ‘The Goldberg Variations’ (music by JS Bach) which has been presented at American Dance Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center and other venues in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

Seattle Dance Project, co-directed by Julie Tobiason and Tim Lynch. The company is an assemblage of artists with performing experience in major dance companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Seattle Dance Project uses the traditional, rigorous ballet training of its dancers as a jumping-off place for the exploration of new, expressive, contemporary movement. Seattle Dance Project will be premiering ‘Flight of Angels,’ choreography by Edwaard Liang.

The Phffft! Dance Theatre Company, fuses complex athletic partnering and daring lifts, revealing human nature through the lens of intimate relationships and the everyday experience. Artistic director Cyrus Khambatta has created works for Phffft! that have achieved successes throughout Europe, Latin America, Russia and the U.S. Phffft! will be presenting excerpts from ‘Love Story,’ an exploration of love and human connection.

Jason Ohlberg, after years as a professional dancer with Hubbard Street Dance, formed his own company, Same Planet Different World Dance Theater in Chicago. Ohlberg’s work has been seen all over the U.S., but most recently with Spectrum Dance Theater, Men in Dance and Cornish Dance Theater.

DASSdance, founded by artistic director Daniel Wilkins in New York, combines ballet, modern, yoga, martial arts, gymnastics and even wrestling. DASSdance will be presenting excerpts from ‘Poor Man’s Boogie,’ which explores poverty across the rural and urban landscapes of America.

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