Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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Friday Mar 28, 2014 8:00 PM - Saturday Mar 29, 2014 8:00 PM | $10.00 - $12.00



{Modern Contemporary Dance - Live Music - Visual Arts}

ABBEY GROWN: a locally sourced dance & music performance featuring music by JULIA MASSEY & THE FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT, PEPPER PROUD; contemporary dance by VICTORIA MCCONNELL set to live music by Julia Massey, CABIN FEVER, KIMBERLY HOLLOWAY; visual arts by CHARLOTTE & JOSH RODENBERG

Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, 2014
8pm shows, 7pm doors open
+ Friday matinee field trip for kids (FREE)

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 door

Complimentary tickets available for low income families, nonprofit workers, and veterans via our ArtsConnect program. Email arts(at) for details.
Made possible in part by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture & Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Mariko Nagashima |


a locally sourced
dance & music performance

Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, 2014
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
8:00P SHOW, 7:00P DOORS
Tickets: $12 in advance, $10 w/student ID, $15 at the door |

(Seattle)- All rooted in the creative center of the Fremont Abbey, a group of collaboration-minded local dance, music, and visual artists will present a multi-faceted evening of performance. With two performances on March 28 and 29, 2014, Abbey Grown will feature live original music sets by Pepper Proud, and Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount; three new dance works by choreographers Victoria McConnell, Elana Jacobs and Doug Barber of CabinFever, and Kimberly Holloway; and an interactive art installation by husband and wife duo Josh and Charlotte Rodenberg. Blurring the lines between a dance performance, music concert, and art gallery, Abbey Grown is centered in collaboration across artistic genres. The artists of Abbey Grown invite audiences to experience a unique evening of artistic synergy and immersive performance.

For the first time, husband and wife Josh and Charlotte Rodenberg will be collaborating on an exhibition of sculptures, drawing, and video. These interactive installations will address magic in materials and include a paper mache birch tree forest, talking rocks, glowing crystals, and hints of dystopia. Audiences will be invited to experience this magical installation in the Fremont Abbey's Cafe area before moving to the Great Hall for the performance portion of the evening.

In choreographer Victoria McConnell's latest work she weaves together film, dance, and the live music of Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount to create an interactive atmosphere that explores how the joining of opposites can create a richer whole. Through film projections, McConnell immerses the audience in distinct landscapes inhabited by dancers who explore these surroundings. As visual imagery layers on the screen, the performance landscape comes to life, and the dancers continue in live performance what the film began on screen.

"McConnell created a world accessible to the audience, and immersed them in it by returning to recognizable images, [she] mixes moments of tension with buoyant limbs, and maintains dynamic energy and interesting rhythms." SeattleDances, 2012

Returning to the Fremont Abbey, the site of their first collaboration, Doug Barber and Elana Jacobs of CabinFever  will explore the pockets of memories that feel real and the places that seem like dreams talked about late night after most of the party has gone home. CabinFever is a performance company that uses homes as their venue and families as their muse, with a "gift for presenting and diving into awkward moments from daily life, extracting the beauty in them, and finding joy in these slight discomforts" (SeattleDances, 2013).

Kimberly Holloway's Swell of Utterances explores the effects of the words we speak on the human psyche. Utilizing words and phrases contributed by the audience, Holloway weaves text into the dance to explore how words have the power to both nurture and defeat. Original music by Caleb Talbert will set the tone for Holloway's choreography.

An integral part of Abbey Grown, musicians Pepper Proud and Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount will each play a set of their original, locally-produced music interspersed with the evening's dance and visual offerings. Pepper Proud's melodies "break the indie-folk mold [and are] deeply embedded with tremendously rich and thought-provoking lyrics that tell a story of their own" (Seattle Weekly, 2012). Vocalist and keyboardist Julia Massey and her happily-raging rhythm section will play their sweetly trippy, magical music as well as creating and playing the score for Victoria McConnell's choreography. Fitting loosely into the pop folk rock category, their music has been called "a cosmic pop journey, space exploration through a dance-party sector of the universe," by The Levee Breaking.

TICKETS for Abbey Grown:
Friday and Saturday |  March 28-29 | 8:00 PM
Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
$12 in advance | $15 at the door | |

Abbey Grown is made possible in part by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

Artist Bios

Victoria McConnell | Choreographer & Curator
After growing up in Northern California, Victoria earned her BFA in Dance from Belhaven University and traveled to dance in Sacramento, New York City, and Japan. Drawn to the Northwest and its thriving arts community, Victoria moved to Seattle in 2009, and has since performed for, choreographed on, or collaborated with artists including Alana O Rogers, Tara Dyberg/Lotus Body, Katy Hagelin Dance Project,  Karin Stevens Dance, Coriolis Dance Collective, and musician Noah Gundersen. Making her creative home at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Victoria has become deeply involved in collaborating across mediums and curating multi-arts events. As such, she curated the Fremont Abbey's dance event A Moving Conversation in 2012, THREADS and led a collaborative team to create Net//Works, a dance and multi-arts event also at the Fremont Abbey, in 2013.

Kimberly Holloway | Choreographer
A North Carolina native, Kimberly Holloway has been an active performer and choreographer in the Seattle area since 2012. Her choreography has been featured locally by Katy Hagelin Dance Project and by Störling Dance Theater in Kansas City, Kansas where she was a senior company member for three seasons. In addition to choreographing for the company, Kim also stage managed several evening length productions, and also created a self-produced show which included poetry and collaboration with musician Calvin Arsenia. Kim has since  performed in Seattle with Maureen Whiting Company, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Chris McAllister, and
is currently working with Shannon Stewart and Sean Cormack.

Elana Jacobs | Choreographer
Elana Jacobs is a Seattle-based choreographer and Artistic Director of CabinFever. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2010, where she studied Dance, Choreography and Exercise Science.  Her work has been showcased in New York and Seattle, including Velocity Dance Center and On the Boards in 2012. Elana is a certified Romana Pilates instructor and currently teaches at Atlas Pilates in Seattle. Whether it be through film, music, dance or whatever medium readily available to her, Elana strives to find beauty from the moments otherwise known as "in between".

Pepper Proud | Musician
From the heart of Greenbrier Valley and the Eastern Appalachian Hills, Pepper Proud was raised surrounded by a thriving arts community in Lewisburg, West Virginia. In 2007, Pepper headed as far west as her truck would take her and settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Humbled by the mountains and somber skies of Seattle she now spends most of her time writing new songs, singing loudly to the people at the markets and serenading the local bars, cafes and pubs. Pepper's first full length album "Riddles & Rhymes" was released regionally in November 2012, and nationally in March of 2013. She recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her 2nd album, "The Water Chapter", due out in 2014.

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount | Musician
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount share a deep passion for Pho -- between playing their own festivals, as well as playing out at legendary Seattle venues like the Triple Door or the Showbox (along with the Tractor, Sunset, and Barboza) with similarly adept and inspired artists as Camille Bloom, Robb Benson, Red Jacket Mine, Carla Torgerson, Wayne Horvitz, the Hoot Hoots, the Great Um, and many others.  The band has also participated in a KEXP in-studio performance, played at Noise for the Needy and sat on the board for Seattle's first Big Ass Boombox festival.

Charlotte Rodenberg | Visual Artist
Charlotte is an artist, educator, and twice published children's book author and illustrator. She received her BA from the University of Southern Indiana in 2005 and her MFA in Painting Drawing and Sculpture from Temple University / Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2009. She has exhibited her works in galleries in Boston, Philadelphia, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, and Germany.She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Temple University and with numerous children's programs. In 2012, Bronto and the Pterodactyl Eggs was published under Craigmore Creations in Portland, Oregon followed by the sequel: Bronto, Friend of Ceratops, released September of 2013. She now lives in Seattle where she maintains her writing and art studio practices at the Fremont Abbey as Artist in Residence. See her work at:

Josh Rodenberg | Visual Artist
Josh Rodenberg is a multi media artist with his MFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has created several solo exhibitions at major art centers, galleries and independent venues in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Portland OR. He was awarded teaching assistantships with internationally-known artists such as: Patrick Doughtery, John McNaughton and Travis Townsend. He has nine years experience teaching at Rowan University, Cumberland Community College and at Virginia Commonwealth University, the top-ranking public university art & design program in the country. He currently resides in Seattle where he maintains his studio practice and works full time at Urban Hardwood as a Furniture Designer. He loves nature, family and skateboarding. See his works at


Fremont Abbey Arts Center (View)
4272 Fremont Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Arts > Dance
Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Folk

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