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Drama Tops presents their first evening length work at Washington Hall, Jan 28-30, 2020.
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Drama Tops, this is for you

Jan 28-30 / 7:30pm | Washington Hall 153 14th Ave, Seattle | Tickets $25 Standard / $15 Subsidized

Creator and Performer: Elby Brosch, Co-Choreographer and Performer: Shane Donohue, Performer: Jordan Macintosh-Hougham, Co-Director: BenDeLaCreme, Creative Producer: Tonya Lockyer

The Project

Elby Brosch, a trans masculine dancer and choreographer, tells his story through duets with a non-binary dancer, Jordan Macintosh-Hougham, and a cis man, Shane Donohue. Toxic masculinity is splayed open and gutted using queer humor. The potential beauty of masculinity is revealed through tenderness and empathy. Past, present, and future are woven together with strands of memory and longing. Identity is embodied through relationships between parts of a whole.

Why this Project is Important

My identity drives me to dance. Being trans and having existed on both sides of the gender divide has given me a unique perspective on our society. Society painted new norms and expectations onto my body as it transitioned from perceived female to perceived male. Frankly, it was dizzying. Dance grounded me into my body during this tumultuous time. I’m able to process the complexities of being through choreographic expression. I believe dance can take us immediately to a feeling place, beyond the limitations of language. I can share my experiences with community during performances. Cis people deserve to know what I’ve learned, and trans people deserve to see reflections of themselves on stage. 

Photo Credit: Dillon Webster

Your Support

We've set a goal of $5,000. This money goes towards:

Paying Shane, Jordan, and Myself $15/hr for rehearsals, and a $500 performance stipend. Dancing is a valuable way to spend our time. Valuable to our community and to ourselves. We'd like to value our work by paying us!

Paying the Lighting Designer, Amiya Brown. She's a masterful artist and deserves to be fairly compensated.

Paying the Technical Director, Becca Blackwell. She is incredibly reliable and talented! Let's pay her! 

Paying the photographer. Dillon Webster took our promo shots! He did such an incredible job!! Let's pay him for his work!

Venue Rental. Washington Hall is a beautiful historic community gathering place. The Drama Tops are so honored to adding their art to the incredible lineage of this site!

Promotional Materials. Designing, printing, and distributing posters is an essential cost to spread the word about the show.  

Photo Credit: Dillon Webster

The Origin of Drama Tops

The Drama Tops was born with the artistic partnership of Elby Brosch and Shane Donohue. They began making work together three years ago with the creation of a solo on two bodies. The dynamic between their trans body and cis body has created beautiful moments of frustration, competition, tenderness, and comedy. Jordan Macintosh-Hougham, a non-binary dancer, has recently joined Drama Tops rounding out expression, perspective, and dynamism. The Drama Tops blends the worlds of nightlife and concert modern dance. Brosch brings years of experience performing with drag and nightlife legends, BenDeLaCreme, Scott Shoemaker, Cherdonna, and Lou Henry Hoover, combined with his life long ballet and modern dance training, to create an interesting and unique blend of accessible, funny modern dance. You may have seen the Drama Tops perform at On the Boards in Northwest New Works, Velocity in Fall Kick Off the past 2 years, at Kremwerk in Family Meal and Catharsis, in Heels! At Cha Cha, and at a pop up party at Photon Factory. 

Bios

Elby Brosch began dancing at age 10 when his mom signed him up for take ballet class. Dance quickly became a safe haven, a way to connect to a body that felt hard to understand. As gender became confusing, movement became clear. He gained control and intimacy with his body, and learned to process emotion and trauma through movement. Dance has become a vital part of his existence. Now, he choreographs to build connections and understandings from a marginalized view point to greater community. He distills the trans experience down to what makes us human and offers that to his audiences. He presented his work at On The Boards in Northwest New Works, at Velocity in a co-produced show, This That & The Other, and in Velocity produced shows, Fall Kick Off, and Next Fest Northwest. Seattle International Dance Festival and Mo-Wave also presented his work.

Shane Donohue is a Seattle based dance artist currently working with zoe | juniper as a dancer and rehearsal director. He has set work with, and for, Zoe Scofield at the University of Washington, Strictly Seattle, and most currently, Whim W’him. He is co-choreographer with the Drama Tops under direction of Elby Brosch. He also works as an artistic collaborator and performer with Kim Lusk, Kinesis Project, and has been a Creative Resident at Velocity Dance Center. Shane has professionally performed works by Laura Rodriguez, Mike Esperanza, Dylan Ward, Liz Houlton, Alyssa Casey, Kate Wallich, and David Harvey and holds a degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

Jordan Macintosh-Hougham graduated from Bennington College in 2016 and are currently based in Seattle. By hybridizing their experience with dance and video, and actively queering these forms, they create work that challenges rigidity and encourages radical empathy. They have participated in artist residencies at EMPAC, Velocity Dance Center, and Studio Current, and have worked for artists such as Kota Yamazaki, Dana Reitz, Elena Demyanenko, Wade Madsen, Heather Kravas, LanDforms, and Morgan Thorson.

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