The vast nothingness of space that is not emptiness. The filling up to the brim with dark matter. The mass compaction in the collapse of the unseen black hole at the center of the dying star. A string of cold, radioactive rocks that Copernicus loosened from the sky, made fall into our small hands. The successive string of these melodies threaded onto an albatross. For each of us. Our decorative burdens. Our imagined multiverses. Our Unfixed Arias.
Coriolis Dance is never a company to rest on its laurels. Though last year the Seattle Times has lauded us as "mixing gymnastic strength and elegant form" and the Stranger called out our "fabulous dancers and eclectic bucket of choreographic works", we are pleased to present a new artistic direction for the company with this preview performance of our first full-evening production Unfixed Arias, May 23-24th at The Belltown Collective. Choreographed by Co-artistic Directors Natascha Greenwalt and Christin Call, this audience-mobile, part-installation, part-concert dance work is stark, offbeat, regal, campy, melancholic, whimsical, and deeply human contemporary dance. This tonal and stylistic diversity is conceived around an exploration, both spatially and conceptually, of the vast nothingness of space and incomprehensibly dense compaction of matter at the center of the black hole at the center of the dying star. It combines the technical precision of balletic vocabulary with the effulgence in sensation of Gaga-style improvisation. In the fantastical cosmos of dark matter, celestial objects, and decaying constellations, Arias creates multiples settings-in-contrast to understand our fixed perspective as humans who must struggle to understand our limitations in knowledge and our mechanisms to cope with loss. Abstract groupings and pairings of seven of our city's most sinuously unique and technically rigorous female dancers are suffused within a conceptual framework while immersed in the sensation of orbiting, gravitational pull, and the swallowing up of matter.
Based on the fanciful duet Insofar as the landscopic field report, co-choreographed by Call and Greenwalt during their residency at Open Flight Studio in 2012 and presented throughout the greater Seattle area last year, Arias continues its collaboration with violinist/musical composer Jackie An. Under her musical direction, we've added a live orchestral trio composed by Hanna Benn (Pollens), digital compositions by Daniel Brigman (working out of New Mexico) and Seattleite Taylor T. Merisko, as well as live accompaniment by An herself. Amiya Pennebaker-Brown contributes with smart, atmospheric lighting design and local fashion designers Wyatt Orr contribute streamlined, slightly surreal modernist wearable pieces. This talented creative team combined with this year's roster of dancers: core dancers Christin Call, Natascha Greenwalt, Andrea Larreta, and Marissa Quimby, plus new dancers Maddie DeVries, Kat Murphy, and Mariko Nagashima, makes this line-up truly exciting.
Pre-show will begin at 8:30pm with sculptural and performance installations. Refreshments available. Show begins at 9:00pm. Online sales close the day of the performance and then will be available at the door only for $18.
Please note that this work requires audiences to climb up and down stairs. The building does not have ADA facilities. At one point the audience will be seated on the floor please consider wearing comfortable attire. Please contact us for any special arrangements.
The development of this work will be graciously partly supported by a multi-year Sustained Support grant from 4Culture, as well the Velocity Dance Center Creative Residency Program, Open Flight Deck Summer Residency, and Studio Current: Nut Season artist residency.
Coriolis is an associated program of Shunpike and has been a grant recipient of the Washington State Arts Commission in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and Artist Trust's GAP Award. Coriolis is also a recipient of 4Culture's Sustained Support program.
The Belltown Collective (View)
2231 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121