Today, the Seattle Theatre Group announced the 14th annual DANCE This lineup and program to be held today, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, at 7:30PM, at the historic Moore Theatre, with two student matinee performances (not open to public) on July 12th and 13th. DANCE This brings together local teen dancers and guest artists from diverse communities performing cross-cultural dances-both traditionally rooted and contemporary in form, sharing their culture through the art of dance.
This year's DANCE This is a fusion of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hip Hop, Modern, Tibetan, African, and Musical Theatre, and features over 80 dancers performing a world tour of diverse dance styles. Special guest artist, Danny Soto, will stage "Zombie" an excerpt from the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical, Fela! originally choreographed by Bill T. Jones. Plus, Seattle's own, Mark Haim will be presenting a modern piece, performed by auditioned teen dancers.
The 14th annual DANCE This program will feature:
VIETNAMESE, featuring local dance group, Âu L?c Vovinam Lion Dance Team -- fifteen young dancers perform a traditional Vietnamese lion dance. http://aulacvovinam.org/Default.aspx
HIP HOP, choreographed by emerging local choreographer, Aaron Gordon -- an energetic piece will be performed by ten young dancers from his dance crew, Electriq Dance. https://www.youtube.com/user/AaronGordonDance
CHINESE, featuring two pieces from The Melody Institute choreographed by Melody Xie, and performed by dancers of varying ages http://www.melodyinstitute.org/
EMERGING ARTIST CONTEMPORARY, featuring a new work by a teen choreographer Jasmine Ramgotra, from STG's Young Choreographer's Lab, danced by auditioned teen dancers
TIBETAN, a traditional Tibetan blessing dance piece performed by six young dancers from Tsering Lodoe's Tibetan Language and Culture Class
MODERN, choreographed by nationally renowned choreographer, Mark Haim,seven dancers perform around an oversized table in the piece "Settings and Clearings"
MUSICAL THEATRE, from the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical, Fela!, dancers perform an excerpt with original choreography by Bill T. Jones, staged by guest artist Danny Soto, who will also perform a featured solo
AFRICAN Dance and Music, Etienne Cakpo in collaboration with Siya Manyakanyaka, brings traditional and contemporary Africa dance styles. Dancers from the dance group Gansango will be performing African Passages, with live music accompaniment
Guest artists from Spectrum Dance Theater will be featured in Fela! and African Passages
COLLABORATIVE FINALE, celebrates the power of cross cultural dance and brings the show together, featuring all the DANCE This performers and styles, staged by local choreographer and DANCE This Artistic Director, Daniel Cruz