The SOLO(s) Project is an evening-length dance work comprised of new solo stories inspired by an extraordinary cast of 7 Seattle dancers. Choreographed by Mary Sheldon Scott with original music by composer Jarrad Powell, The SOLO(s) Project is commissioned by Velocity Dance Center Made in Seattle for their 20th anniversary celebration. The work premieres at Velocity Founders Theater, Seattle from November 3-6, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
The powerful and diverse cast of soloists includes Corrie Befort, Jade Solomon Curtis, Alice Gosti, Mark Haim, Jim Kent, Sean O’Bryan and Linsyanne Owen. Visual design is by Corrie Befort and lighting design is by Lynne Ellis.
Funds raised through Kickstarter will directly support the seven dance soloists through final rehearsals and the premiere performances of The SOLO(s) Project. The SOLO(s) Project is supported in part by artist grants to Mary Sheldon Scott from 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture/Seattle.
THE APPROACH: MARY SHELDON SCOTT, CHOREOGRAPHER
In SOLO(s) I investigate the solo form through 7 dancers using varied creative tools including visual and language scores, animal imagery, exploring movement invention through the use of props and costumes, and a process of recasting in which I unearth shards of potent images from 22+ years of performance research and respond to these choreographic fragments through new explorations and inventions.
My instincts have evolved over more then two decades of art making, and as a 64-year-old choreographer SOLO(s) provides an opportunity to deepen my knowledge and further my investigation of the transformative creative relationship between choreographer and performer.
The solo form is intimate, intense, exposed. For me each solo is a story…and it is a story in part about the individual I am working with. I began each solo by creating intuitive lists of words, physical ideas, concepts, actions and images inspired by each of 7 soloists. Ultimately I’m interested in finding the tipping point at which my choreographic scores and each soloist’s translation and manifestation of those scores resonate most powerfully.
Velocity Dance Center presents
Made In Seattle: MARY SHELDON SCOTT
THE SOLO(s) PROJECT
November 3-6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Velocity Founders Theater
1621 12th Ave, SEATTLE
Box Office + Info: 206.325.8773
All funds raised will go directly to support the seven amazing soloists during the final development, production and presentation of The SOLO(s) Project. You will be contributing to the rehearsal and performance fees for the 7 Dance Soloists.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of the project have more to do with manifesting the creative aspirations of the project at the highest possible level then with logistical challenges. The solos are in the final phase of development. Bringing the solos together into a compelling evening-length work presents a different kind of challenge. Each solo must resonate both independently and collectively across the arc of the performance. This is a good challenge – but a real one.
A key challenge in making 7 new solos contiguously has been to create strategies and approaches to the creation of each image that differentiate the solos one from the other. The sound scores, costuming, and lights will all play a strong role in reinforcing this differentiation, but at core that separation must be held by each movement story.
Through Jarrad and my collaborative umbrella, Scott/Powell Performance, we have been producing dance works since 1993 and have always fulfilled the demands and challenges of each project. Visit www.scottpowell.org for a deeper understanding of our history.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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