Two choreographers. One visual artist. A curated evening you can sink your teeth into. Christin Call and Natascha Greenwalt Murphy, Co-founders of Coriolis Dance Collective, began the Co-LAB performance series as a venue for presenting intense and demanding new works from choreographers collaborating with artists of all disciplines. Now in its second season, Call and Murphy have commissioned local choreographers with the opportunity to explore longer, more deeply realized works and give Seattle audiences, like connoisseurs, a chance to savor them.
Zoe Scofield, whose work has been performed at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow and the Bates Festival and presented locally at On the Boards, will present a new, longer work alongside one new, longer work by Rainbow Fletcher, of Can-Can Castaway infamy and currently kickstarting the Offshore Project with Ezra Dickinson. As a way of setting up an interface of parallelism and opposition, both choreographers are collaborating with Paul D. McKee, a painter, sculptor, and installation artist active in the art scene of Seattle. McKee's work exaggerates items from the domestic environment and juxtaposes them with objects and materials associated with men and masculinity in order to trigger feelings of tolerances about non-normative sexualities.
Scofield and Fletcher, as strong, creative women in the Seattle dance community, each have a singularity and ferocity that audiences will identify immediately, even as the movement manifests in very different ways. Scofield's work combines the philosophy of Gaga (an improvisational technique developed by Ohad Navarin of Batsheva Dance Company) with the deconstruction of ballet principles. The result is a disjointed aesthetic that delves into a realm of almost dervish-like acceleration. Fletcher's work, taking its cue from the pop culture of hip-hop and music videos, explores imagery of the body and how we choose to embellish it through various forms, such as accessories or role-playing. Both pieces will feature a stunning installation by McKee.
About Coriolis Dance Collective
Coriolis Dance Collective is a non-profit corporation in the State of Washington and was formed in 2008 by Natascha Greenwalt-Murphy and Christin Call. Wanting an immersive and experimental atmosphere to push themselves as artists and peers, the vision of Coriolis is to create new, highly collaborative works with artists of all disciplines while maintaining an atmosphere of camaraderie and open feedback. Coriolis has been presented by On the Boards (Seattle, WA) in the A.W.A.R.D. Show! produced by the Joyce Theater, the MOVE! Festival (Tacoma, WA), the Chop Shop Festival (Bellevue, WA), and Whitman Collage (Walla Walla, WA), among others. Coriolis is an associated program of Shunpike and is currently a grant recipient of the WA State Arts Commission in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts.
About Christin Call
Christin Call is originally from Derby, Kansas where she received her BFA in Painting and Art History from Wichita State University in 2004. She has exhibited her drawings, paintings, books, and sculptures in the Midwest and Washington, as well as co-curated exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art and Project Gallery. Her poetry has been published in such publications as Boston Review, KNOCK Journal, Anemone Sidecar, and Eastwesterly Review, among others. She has also written catalogue essays for the Ulrich Museum of Art, as well as worked as a freelance art and dance critic for such publications as Review (Kansas City) and F5. She received her classical dance training primarily from Nancy Hervey and Jill Landrith and was a principal artist at Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita for four years. Upon moving to the Northwest she joined Evergreen City Ballet, dancing the title role of Giselle. After deciding to explore more contemporary work, she has been privileged to work with such choreographers as Jason Ohlberg, Catherine Cabeen, Eva Stone, Daniel Wilkins, Hannah Lagerway, and Selfick Ng-Simancas. Christin served as the Executive Director of DASSdance for one year before co-founding Coriolis Dance Collective with Natascha Greenwalt Murphy in order to more closely pursue her multi-disciplinary interests.
About Natascha Greenwalt-Murphy
Natascha Greenwalt Murphy originates from Walla Walla, WA. She moved to Seattle to pursue a degree in dance and in 2005 graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts as a Kreielsheimer Scholarship recipient. In her training Natascha spent time with the Joffery Ballet, Alonzo Kingâs LINES Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre is New York, as well as the Northwest Professional Dance Project in Portland, OR. You may have seen her performing locally with Ballet Bellevue, DASSdance, or Spectrum Dance Theater. She has been honored to perform the work of Donald Byrd, Thaddeus Davis, Jason Ohlberg, Sarah Slipper, Twyla Tharp, and others. Currently she is a member of Michael Riouxâs The Sho. In addition to her performance career, Natascha has been commissioned to choreograph for Ballet Bellevue, Whitman College and as a guest for the Cornish College of the Arts BFA performances. Most recently her work Tethered Apparitions was presented in the dance festival Chop SHOP: Bodies of Work at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. Natascha is a certified GYROTONICÂ instructor, she teaches at the GYROTONIC Moment Center and Westlake Dance Center. In 2008 she founded Coriolis Dance Collective with fellow dancer and friend Christin Call.
About Zoe Scofield
Zoe Scofield studied ballet and modern as a scholarship student at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Boston. She has danced with Prometheus Dance and Bill James among other choreographers in Toronto, Boston and Seattle. In 2005 Scofield began her collaboration with video artist Juniper Shuey with I am nothing without you for On the Boards NW New Works Festival. Their collaboration continued with there aint no easy way out, the devil you know is better then the devil you don't, sin, Old girl with musician Holcombe Waller and A Crack in Everything (in creation). In 2007 they formed zoe|juniper, creating dance, video and photography works. Their work has been presented at On the Boards, Jacobs Pillow/Inside Out, Bumbershoot, SCUBA 2007, Ten Tiny Dances, Bates Dance Festival, PICAâs TBA Festival, Wesleyan University, Spectrum Dance Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, ICA Museum/CRASHArts, Frye Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Trafo House of Contemporary Art, The Body Festival and The Myrna Loy Center, respectively. Spectrum Dance Theater, Frye Art Museum and Southern Lights Dance Company have commissioned Scofield. Scofield and Shuey's video and photography work has been shown at the Howard House, SOFA Gallery, Soil Gallery and Tacoma Art Museum Biannual and in their self published book, White Teeth. zoe|juniper has received funding from the National Dance Project Production Grant (the devil you know 2008 and A Crack in Everything 2010), Mid-Atlantic Arts and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Scofield was awarded the Mariam MaClone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University in 2008, Artist Trusts GAP Grant and Artist Trusts Artist Fellowship Award (2008), Seattle Magazines Spotlight Award (2008), and was short listed for The Strangers Genius Award (2007). Scofield was in residency with Shuey at The Trafo House of Contemporary Art (Budapest) and The Body Festival (New Zealand) August - November 2009 where they began development of their new work, A Crack in Everything. Recently Scofield and Shuey were choosen for a MacDowell Residency for summer 2010.
About Rainbow Fletcher
Rainbow grew up in Bellingham Washington. It was there that she was exposed to a wide variety of dance training early on in her life. Rainbow trained at North Carolina School of the Arts and on scholarship at Western Washington University before moving to Seattle. From 2001-2002 she was a soloist with Fusion Dance Company, a group that specialized in Contemporary, African, and Hip-Hop dance. In 2004 she received her B.F.A. in dance from Cornish College of the Arts. In 2004 and 2005, Rainbow attended the Northwest Professional Dance Project, co-directed by Sarah Slipper and Steve Gonzales. During the program Rainbow performed in works by Alonzo King, Moses Pendelton of MOMIX, Davis Robinson, and Ronen Koresh of Koresh Dance Company. Directly after graduating she danced with Spectrum Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of Donald Byrd. Rainbow works full time as the director & choreographer for the Can Can Castaways as well as a performer in the group. Rainbow is co-artistic director of The Offshore Project.
About Paul D. McKee
Paul D. McKee is a Seattle based painter, sculptor, installation artist and arts educator who received his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle (2000) and an MFA from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS (2008). McKee was an Instructor of Record at Wichita State University and currently teaches privately as well as for Dale Chihuly's Foundation, Senior's Making Art, and Pratt Fine Arts Center. McKeeâs artworks utilize items from exaggerated domestic environments (specifically items pertaining to the creation of home by traditional hetero-normative standards), juxtaposing them with objects and materials associated with men and masculinity. By questioning the competition of these items with one another (and their classification in relation to gender), McKee is commenting on the social structure of the home and family in our modern society and its exclusion of certain peoples- specifically gay and lesbian family units. While trying to convey these issues in order to initiate a visual dialog, McKee introduces the viewer to his present situation: an outsider in a traditional heterosexual environment struggling to make sense of these common structures and their relationship to success and the accomplishment of the so called "American dream". McKeeâs artworks are in private collections across the United States and Europe.
Shunpike is a 501c3 non-profit art service organization, whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. It was founded in 2001 to support a vibrant and diverse local arts community where arts groups of all sizes could thrive. Working in close partnership with these groups. Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and impart vital skills in finance, organizational management and arts administration. Since inception, they have supported work by more than 2,000 artist in live performance, film, literary arts, visual arts, and arts education.
Spectrum Dance Theater
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Seattle, WA 98122
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