Seventh Chop Shop will see ballet legend Patricia Barker return to Pacific Northwest

The Grand Rapids Ballet’s presence is a nod to a classical art form in a dance festival devoted to the modern style. The creation of that style is “the greatest story ever told,” Stone said, and acts as a jumping-on point for novice dance patrons.

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work

Dance director Eva Stone’s mission to expose the Eastside to modern dance is entering its seventh year. This year, contemporary dance festival Chop Shop: Bodies of Work will feature the Pacific Northwest premiere of Michigan’s Grand Rapids Ballet, led by Artistic Director Patricia Barker.

“Patricia Barker is a bit of a legend in the ballet world,” Stone said. Barker is the former principal dancer for the Pacific Northwest Ballet and an accomplished international performer many times over; when the ballet company partnered with Hyperion in 1986 to produce “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture,” Barker was their Clara.

The Grand Rapids Ballet’s presence is a nod to a classical art form in a dance festival devoted to the modern style. The creation of that style is “the greatest story ever told,” Stone said.

“Ballet has been around for about 300 or 400 years and, for a long time, it was the sole way dance was performed,” she said. “Then, in the 19th century, the dancer Isadora Duncan broke away from all that. She took off the shoes, took off the corset, and said ‘this is how we’re supposed to move.’ From there, dance began to abstract itself.”

The result was a continuing period of great innovation in dance, but also an evolution so rapid it could be hard for audiences to keep up. Stone wanted to create an Eastside destination where people with little understanding of dance could find their 101 course.

Chop Shop was established in 2008 by Stone Dance Productions. The festival offers both performances and classes. Community classes open to novices were held in partnership with the city of Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department in the latter half of January. Master classes in improvisation, ballet, contemporary style and its creative development are available to intermediate and advanced dancers during the festival.

Visiting performers include Bryn Cohn and Artists of New York, Adam Barruch Dance of New York, Gerard Regot of Spain and the eponymous Ballet Arkansas. Seattle performers will include Spectrum Dance Theater, Anna Conner + CO, Pocket Inc and Price Suddarth.

“I call it a modern dance buffet,” Stone said. “There’s a sampling of everything.

“I say this to my students a lot: In the greater scheme of things, dance doesn’t matter. But a lot of things in life distract us from joy. As human beings, we have to watch other human beings do something miraculous. Watching a human being in motion doesn’t have to be something tricky, it should be something that gives you a way to be connected to other humans.”

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work will be held at The Theatre at Meydenbauer on Feb. 15 and 16. Performance times, tickets and master class reservation information are available at chopshopdance.org.

 

More in Life

Libraries are places of connection and community pride | Library column

Written by Lisa Rosenblum, the director of the King County Library System.

125 sack lunches were to the Safe Parking Program at the Lake Washington Methodist Church, Sophia Way, The Together Center, and to the residents of Camp Unity and Safe Parking at St. Jude’s. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
St. Jude’s Service Day Program helps combat poverty

The annual service day helps organizations that help Eastside communities experiencing poverty and abuse.

Motivation springs us to action

Maintaining momentum from New Years resolutions all year long.

Happy Life: Mindfulness and love

Putting mindfulness to work for a better relationship.

New Year resolution: Love yourself

Love yourself in 2019 and watch the positive changes.

Bellevue Botanial Garden brings in 80,000 people for 24th annual Garden d’Lights

As the new year begins, the Bellevue Botanical Society wraps up its… Continue reading

On Nov. 18, Neha Krishna of Bellevue won the Washington State Ms. Asia pageant held at the Hyatt Regency in Lake Washington. Courtesy of Neha Krishna
Resident takes home the Washington State Ms. Asia crown

Neha Krishna wins the Ms. Asia pageant on Nov. 18.

Bellevue Fire Foundation collecting toys and food

The Bellevue Firefighters Community Support Foundation is hosting a toy and food… Continue reading

Snowflake Lane attendees can take photos with characters. Thousands of people visit Bellevue Way each winter to watch the live performance at 7 p.m. through Dec. 24. Reporter file photos
Snowflake Lane opens its 17th year with new attraction

Locals will be able to help create the snow that falls during each nightly parade.

Newport student wins first place technology prize at Broadcom MASTERS

Lui designed an RFID system to enhance school safety; wins top technology prize in competition.

During the week of Nov. 12-19, community members filled shoeboxes with school supplies, toys and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Eastside churches and schools participate in global Christmas project

National Collection Week for operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts were collected Nov. 12-19.

Bellevue resident Evelyn Clark was crowned Miss Washington USA 2019 on Nov. 4. Photo courtesy of Miss Washington USA.
Bellevue resident is named Miss Washington USA 2019

Evelyn Clark is crowned Miss Washington USA on Nov. 4.