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Founders Theater at Velocity Dance Center
Seattle, WA
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Ktisk Contemporary Dance presents Work//Life

March 18th and 19th, 2016
Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Avenue, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98122

Ktisk Contemporary Dance presents Work//Life
an evening of contemporary dance inspired by the
struggles of balancing work, life, and art. Choreographers
Rachael Forstrom, Philippa Myler, Lauren Linder and
Adrianna Hernandez provide a deeper view of how
careers affect the people pursuing them. The program
consists of three personal journeys into the business
of life and dance.
Forstrom's Love & Hate in a 9 to 8 looks at the varying aspects of the career journey and the emotional responses they produced. Set to a mixed Jazz score, Love & Hate takes the audience through different phases of employment from the enticement of interviewing through the mundane of everyday motions, looking at the how each partnership effects the individuals involved.  Movement stems from the manipulation of gesture depicting everyday office activities overlaid with the dancers emotional responses to daily grind; keeping up with job responsibilities, dealing with a difficult boss, finding passion in your work, disappearing due to being overworked.The choreography ranges from broad gestural motions intermingled with complex walking patterns, to dynamic partnering sequences with other dancers and even set pieces.
Linder and Hernandez joined forces as co-choreographers and dancers in a duet centered around the physicality of work and what it means to be successful in your career path with an injured body. Seeking to validate the injured/healing dancer and allowing the audience to witness the simultaneous fragility and resilience of the human body, Linder and Hernandez  share their vulnerability by giving up control and relying each other for help. The piece takes a nonlinear perspective on the intricacies of recovery, highlighting the inner turbulence due to loss of mobility and its inherent destabilization of identity in the dance workplace.
Myler's Enter The Unknown, finishes the evening with images of tenuously searching a fog-covered lake for the next stepping stone, this work explores the concept of knowing where you want to get to, but having no idea how to get there. This metaphor could cover a broad range of the human experience, but from an autobiographical standpoint, this work draws on Myler's experiences of uncertainly, vulnerability, and desperation as she embarks upon her dance career but lacking a clear pathway to reach her goals. Using music commissioned from musician Isaac Castillo and elemental stones as props, six dancers search, help and hinder each other along their own individual journeys.
Ktisk Contemporary Dance is an eclectic fusion of modern, ballet, and jazz movement vocabularies. Ktisk bases our work on a high caliber of technical training with strong attention to the classical line. Ktisk creates work that inspires the audience to think, move and experience, sharing our passion for dance and performance through athleticism and genuine raw emotion. The company's works explore a wide range of emotions, from serious and contemplative to humorous and light-hearted. Ktisk seeks to push the body's physical and mental limits by connecting movement, story, and emotion, diverging from pure technique and driving toward theatrically-based performance art.

Ktisk Contemporary Dancer Company Members include: Faith Coben, Rachael Forstrom, Philippa Myler, Jessica Pavilanis, Emilee Putsche, Maia Veague and Julian Young. Ktisk welcomes back former members Adrianna Hernandez and Lauren Linder as guest dancers and choreographers.  

Performances March 18th and 19th at 8 PM
Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com
$18 Advance | $20 Door | $15 /Artist/Student/Senior
Subject to availability, Door is cash only.

Join us 15 min prior to show start for a special
collaborative photography instillation by
Michelle Smith Lewis Photography
and Ktisk Contemporary Dance.
Free for ticket holders.

For more information, please visit ktiskcontemporarydance.com.
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Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non profit agency that provides independant art groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.


Founders Theater at Velocity Dance Center (View)
1621 - 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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