SPLIT BILL - Redd Legg Dance / badmarmarDANCE
The dance event 10 years in the making SPILT BILL, featuring Redd Legg Dance and badmarmarDANCE premiers April 20-21, 2013 at Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle, WA. Tickets $10-$20 available at brownpapertickets.com April 4, 2013.
Kristen Legg and Marlo Martin hail from the mighty mid-west, specifically Michigan, where dance was their focus throughout childhood and then into college where their paths crossed at Western Michigan University. Martin and Legg moved to Seattle around the same time and reconnected within months. Over the past decade Marlo has performed with Redd Legg Dance and Kristen has performed in Martin's work as well. As teachers they have worked side by side for over 7 years at eXit SPACE, directed over 7 concerts, and this past year they established their relationship as co-directors of the BOOST dance festival. Martin and Legg are a unique artistic female duo; together they balance out one another's strengths and weaknesses. It seemed to be the natural progression to produce their own works together, thus Spilt Bill was born. With their forces combined this is surely going to be an explosively exciting,, engaging, and special evening of dance.
With their similar backgrounds, long running working relationship, and history of training one would assume that this pair would have developed a similar choreographic aesthetic but that could not be further from the truth. badmarmarDANCE is known for it's driving and intense partnering , emotionally laden work, and it's strong band of female dancers that have been with the company and studied with Martin for years. Caitlin McCarthy of SeattleDances confirms that "badmarmar(DANCE) company exhibits the kind of dance badassery that makes the heart beat faster with kinesthetic excitement". Redd Legg Dance is admired for it's classically precise and detailed work, dance that is poignant and humorous, and a company of dancers with extensions for days and powerful, ballet trained bodies. And the press agrees, "Ms. Legg's work often shows a classical restraint and as passion intensifies with restraint her dance work often borders on heartbreaking." Omar Wiley, The Seattle Star. Marlo and Kristen will each present a full-length work during their shared evening titled, SPLIT BILL, at Broadway Performance Hall on April 20-21, 2013 at 8:00pm.
Redd Legg Dance presents Artistic Director, Kristen Legg's, latest work, An Irritating Cerebral Itch. Based on the concepts of love, lust, and attraction, this work delves into the darker sides of commitment, or lack thereof, while also bringing moments of humor to the topic. Mariko Nagashima of SeattleDances said of the work, "[it] is an important piece largely because Legg is one of the only people in Seattle making work with such a distinctly classical edge." Legg uses ballet-based movement mixed with gestural phrases and theatrics to depict first love, the personification of lust, and love at first sight, among others. The company commissioned local composer Alexander Bishop to create the dynamic score.
badmarmarDANCE, under the direction of Marlo Martin, premiers a new work, without context or provocation. Martin pushes her band of passionate performers and physical wizards into an exploration of the stories that we all hold deep in our hearts, who is allowed in, and who falls or pushes their way into our lives. "Martin's choreography is much like Ms. Martin herself: intelligent, sensitive, humane, vibrant. Ms. Martin concentrates largely upon the emotional space that binds the dancers together, leaving more subtle bits to the viewer." Omar Willey of The Seattle Star. Martin calls upon her dancers to share their own thoughts, she then uses recordings of their own journal type confessions exploring how they define themselves, who holds them up, what made them fall to the floor, and what they believe in to create a thick tapestry of sound that becomes the score for this year's work. Through a thoughtfully strung together stream of words, movement, and staging badmarmar shows a softer side and allows the audience to contemplate and exhale as they perform their truths.
With a planned artistic hiatus on the horizon for both Marlo Martin and Kristen Legg, Seattle dance fans will want to grab a ticket for SPLIT BILL. It guarantees to feed the dancing hearts and souls of the audience, while hoping to entertain, engage, and provoke conversation and cultivate inspiration.
Broadway Performance Hall (View)
Seattle, WA 98122
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|