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Project Creator/Choreographer I Veronica Lee-Baik
Installation Art I Veronica Lee-Baik
Lighting Designer/Media Artist I Tristan Roberson
Costume Designer I Veronica Lee-Baik
Sound Designer I Brendan P Hogan
Running Time I 80 minutes
Performers I Amy Ross, Corina Dalzell, Dakota Crist, Elizabeth Sugwara, Emily Durand, Hayley Shannon, Imana Gunawan, Lauren Linder, Sonam Tshedzom Tingkhye

"The Three Yells is not your average modern dance troupe, though; they work across artistic disciplines to create work which integrates the visual, aural, and physical into a visceral platform which stands not only to entertain but empower." - Seattle Dances

Premiered to a robust reception earlier this year, The Three Yells is excited to bring this powerful work back to the stage. Giselle Deconstruct is a reduction of the ballet Giselle to its constituents parts of madness, death, spirits, true love, grief, revenge, traditions, and reinterpreted through the Butoh's influence of the playful and grotesques, and juxtaposed between Butohs slow hyper-controlled motion with the athleticism of contemporary dance.

This reinterpretation will explore Giselles death through love by madness through suicide rather than a failed heart. The biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, suicide is most acute in the part of the world where I come from. Young women in parts of South East Asia are some of the most disempowered and marginalized people in the world. Like Giselle, it is stifling traditions, poverty, and unrequited love, that drive these young girls to end their lives. Giselle Deconstruct aims to transcend the feeling of female degradation to liberation and empowerment through movement.

"A hypnotizing and super-creepy display of powerful feminist." - The Stranger

The Three Yells is a Seattle-based modern dance company founded by Artistic Director Veronica Lee-Baik. Since its inception in 2000, The Three Yells is known for its exciting athleticism and striking visual images. The Companys mission is to create works that deals with issues of today which are very real and pressing, investigate topics that fly under the radar and invoke experiences that connect and engage the community in ways that promote understanding across social boundaries.
The amalgamation of Eastern and Western culture is a key  to making The Three Yells work one of a kind. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations, The Three Yells strives not simply to be seen but rather, fully experienced. The Three Yells continually collaborate with dancers, media artists, musicians, directors, and lighting designers experimenting and dialoguing in search of fresh ideas from different perspectives and disciplines. Veronica Lee-Baik believes a works innovation is driven by its inclusion and experimentation with other art forms.
The Three Yells seek to connect people from diverse backgrounds with the universal language of movement. Despite differences in skin color, gender or religion, we are all ultimately connected to one another. Some of its most celebrated creations are The Woman That Was Not There, Remember Me, To Restrain The Pillow, Jane, Moon Falling and Her Name Is Isaac.
The company has performed at Seattles the Cornish Playhouse, 12th Avenue Arts, Velocity Dance Center, On The Boards, Frye Art Museum, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Soil Gallery, Bumbershoot, Seattle University, Portlands Conduit, and Singapores Victoria Theatre.

VERONICA LEE-BAIK (Project Creator / Choreographer)
Veronica Lee-Baik is a visual artist whose medium of choice is the body using it as a tool for dialogue with herself and the world. Her approach to movement activates the senses to become fully alive and involved. She founded The Three Yells to explore and translate social, political and cultural issues through multidisciplinary performance. The Three Yells is a continual process of discovering her artistic voice as a choreographer and teacher.
Lee-Baik took a hiatus in 2006 to bask in motherhood. Fueled with renewed vigor and knowledge, she returned to creating works that embodies her distinct choreographic voice, reflecting Western avant-garde styles through the prism of Asian aesthetics to engage audiences with bold, innovative performances. Lee-Baik has never been one to hew to traditions. Her idiosyncratic approach has been described as a clear eye for an unusual landscapeher stage pictures are distinctive and disturbing.

TRISTAN ROBERSON (Lighting Designer / Media Artist)
Tristan is a Seattle based lighting and projections designer. He has designed with Wade Madsen, Babette Pendleton, Cherdonna Shinatra, and a host of theatre organizations including Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT Theatre, Village Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Artswest, Theatre 22, Seattle Immersive Theatre, and Sandbox Theatre Collective. Some of his favorite designs include Edge of Our Bodies (Washington Ensemble Theatre) Carver Stories (Book-it Theatre), and American Idiot (Artswest). He is the resident lighting designer for Washington Ensemble Theatre.

BRENDAN P HOGAN (Sound Designer)
Brendan Patrick Hogan is an award-winning sound designer, composer, musician, programmer and technician based in Seattle. His work includes dramatic sound design for theater, film scoring and sound effects supervision, installation sound art, video programming, interactive control systems and digital performance networks. As Resident Sound Design for ACT Theatre (2009-2015), he designed over 50 main stage, limited run and workshop productions. Brendan teaches sound design and sound engineering at Cornish College of the Arts. Hogan approaches all works from his background as a musician, in the sense that installations, live performance, and dramatic playback can be thought of as compositions with discrete movements (scenes in a play, sensor-triggered events, motion-controlled cueing) that make up a part of the greater symphony of the performance. His work explores the intersection of the public and private worlds, by employing performance control methods that are not always apparent to the audience (temperature or motion-capture events, pressure sensors, etc) thereby inviting them to experience the work without initially being aware that they are also, in a sense, controlling the work.

AMY ROSS (Performer)
Amy Ross willingly fell into dance while at Bennington College in Vermont, a world away from her home in rural Oregon. In 2007, her studies of improvisation fortuitously led her back to the Northwest to attend the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, where she fell in love with the city and dance community and has been ever since. Amy has performed in multiple works by local choreographers such as Wade Madsen and Alice Gosti, among others. This is her third year blazing with The Three Yells.

Originally from the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio, Corina Dalzell's work with The Three Yells began in 2014. Along with work by Veronica Lee Baik, Corina has performed with Rachael Lincoln, Vanessa Dewolf, JKLM Studio, PE|Mo, Noelle Chun, and Dance Exchange (D.C.). They studied with Terry Creach, Susan Sgorbati, Dana Reitz, Joseph Poulson, Gwen Welliver, Stuart Singer, and Richard Seigal at Bennington College, earning a B.A. in dance and collaborative studies in 2013. Corina creates new dance works, and also serves youth and adults with disabilities through creative movement workshops.

DAKOTA CRIST (Performer)
Dakota Crist relocated to Seattle in late 2013. Before her arrival in Seattle, she worked and performed with Sacramento Ballet (trainee) and Ballet Montana (apprentice). In 2016, she graduated with a B.F.A in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Since graduating, Dakota has continued to pursue dance through teaching and performing. This is Dakotas fourth project with The Three Yells.

Elizabeth Sugawara fell in love with modern dance at UC Santa Cruz, performing with Tandy Beal & Co. She continued her studies at Copenhagen Contemporary School of Dance in Denmark and was a dancer for Neves Contemporary Dance Theatre. Since relocating to the PNW in 2015, Elizabeth has danced in works by Angelica DeLashmette, Bryon Carr, Amy J Lambert, Paula Peters, Austin Sexton, and Hayley Shannon.

EMILY DURAND (Performer)
Emily Durand migrated to Seattle in the Fall of 2013.  Since then she has performed in the work of Anna Conner, Karin Stevens, Jurg Koch, KT Niehoff, Hayley Shannon, Cameo Lethem, Jessi Chung, Jessica Jobaris,co-produced and choreographed short films, Floating, Mares, Subterrane with Brett Love, Tri-Alogue #4 with Reed O'Beirne and has performed in The Three Yells 2014 performance Moon Falling, 2015 ReSet, 2016 Her Name Is Isaac and 2017 Giselle Deconstruct. Emily holds a B.F.A in dance from Wayne State University where she was previously a three year company member and vice president of Dance Workshop based in Detroit.

Hayley Shannon is a dance artist and teaching artist based in Seattle, WA, bringing the power of dance to people of many ages and abilities. She teaches at Creative Dance Center, Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballets Community Education Programs and independently. In 2016 she created Dance Healing, a workshop integrating modern dance, dance/movement therapy and body consciousness techniques to bring people into a more authentic relationship with themselves and others. She is a company dancer with The Three Yells and collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists to investigate humanity through choreography and performance. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Hayley earned a B.A. in Communications and Dance from Michigan State University and went on to study dance/movement therapy with Dr. Danielle Fraenkel in Corfu, Greece, as well as ongoing investigations of dance, somatics and body consciousness in the Pacific Northwest.

Imana Gunawan, a Texas-born Indonesian, is a Seattle-based storyteller, multimedia journalist, and dance artist. She is a member of Au Collective  a dance-based nonprofit centering people of color, queer people, and womxn  with which she regularly performs, collaborates and teaches. Through her journalism and dance work, Imana believes in empowering those who have historically been pushed aside. Since graduating from University of Washington's journalism and dance programs in 2015, she has been commissioned/produced by American Dance Guild in NYC, Velocity's Next Fest NW, University of Washington, Washington Ensemble Theater, and BOOST Dance Festival, among others. She has worked with renowned artists and companies such as Chamber Dance Company, Alice Gosti, BANDALOOP, George Staib (Staibdance), Jennifer Salk, Mary Sheldon Scott, Amy O'Neal, and Gianti Giadi (GIGI Dance Company). As a journalist, Imana specializes in breaking news reporting and digital journalism, with a soft spot for audio production. Imana currently works as news domain expert for Dataminr and is part of the On the Boards Ambassador Writer's Corps.

Native of Muncie, Indiana, Lauren Linder moved to Seattle in 2014 to pursue dancing professionally.  In 2017, Linder performed with Petra Zanki, Alice Gosti, DangerSwitch! under the direction of Eddie DeHais and Alyza Delpan-Monley, the Baker-Tarpaga Dance Project (Philadelphia), and Anna Krupp. Linder holds a B.F.A. in Dance with Honors and a B.A. in Spanish from The University of Iowa.

Sonam Tshedzom Tingkhye is a Tibetan born and raised Seattleite. She trained at the Creative Dance Center under Anne Green Gilbert, and was a part of Kaleidoscope Dance Company for 7 years. Tshedzom has worked with choreographers such as Wade Madsen, Maya Soto, Cyrus Khambatta, Ellie Sandstrom, Daniel Cruz, Xaviera Vandermay, and others as well. Dance completes Tshedzom life, and she is currently applying to colleges to pursue her dance degree.


Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center (View)
201 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

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