CHOP SHOP Contemporary Dance Festival: 2016 Highlights
The 10th Anniversary of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, A Contemporary Dance Festival happens this February 18th & 19th! (get your tickets here)
A creation of founder and Producer/Curator Eva Stone, the festival has reached its tenth anniversary as a direct result of both her and managing director Lizzy Melton’s extraordinary efforts and devotion. Each year, they review submissions from around the world and curate a unique contemporary dance festival weekend at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. For this anniversary, CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work celebrates with a retrospective of artists from the festival’s history – plus one new to Seattle:
New Zealand School of Dance / Christina Chan
MOVETHECOMPANY / Joshua Beamish
The Stone Dance Collective / Eva Stone
Anatomiae Occultii / Adam Barruch
Bryn Cohn + Artists / Bryn Cohn
The Foundry / Alex Ketley
Project20 / Donald Sales
Update — Special Guest Announcement:
Renowned choreographer Donald Byrd returns to CHOP SHOP with a gift
in honor of CHOP SHOP’s 10th anniversary, theworld premiere of Pièce d’occasion.
Performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Miles Pertl, CHOP SHOP is your one
and only chance to catch this new work, set to the music of Max Richter.
As noted in the three previous posts (first, second, third) I was privileged to be able to shoot behind the scenes and from the wings during the live performances last year. I love doing that, and am grateful to have been able to witness the excitement, energy, and artistry from a unique vantage point. I’m sharing some of my personal favorite images* from last year’s CHOP SHOP so you can see how wonderful this event is, and the sort of stellar choreography and dance that you will see this year. I’m excited to see what this year’s festival has in store for us all!
*personal favorites from The Stone Dance Collective can be seen in this earlier post.
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