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What are we to do to keep alive? Merely surviving is not enough. We wish to THRIVE. To become our dreams. It truth it is our only hope.
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The Harlequin Hipsters & The 4 Horseman Productions Present: 

Passion, or Death!

The world is changing.  The color is fading from faces.  What are we to do to keep alive?  Merely surviving is not enough.  We wish to THRIVE; to not only realize our dreams and passions, but become them. 

In truth, it is our only hope. 

That is the message of the new work being developed by Seattle performance ensemble, The Harlequin Hipsters. Passion, or Death! is a work of Varieté Dance Theater that challenges humanity to fend off terminal tedium and doldrums by manifesting their potential and becoming who and what they have always dreamed. The inevitable result of not doing this: succumb to a fatal disease that infects the dispassionate. 

With some of Seattle's most stellar talent coming together to form one incredible ensemble, this production will tell the story of our society at the brink of annihilation at its own hand. Through theater, dance, sweat, circus arts, consciousness, poetry, flight, sensuality, burlesque, original live music and Shakespeare, we aim to ignite the passion in your soul and inspire you to follow the light of your desire.

Showing at Hale's Palladium in Fremont, home of the Moisture Festival, on June 24th and 25th, Passion, or Death! will present 2 shows at 7:00pm and 9:00pm each night. Hale's unique setting will provide for an immersive theatrical experience unlike any other. Our goal is not just to provide a viewing spectacle, but to involve our audiences, bringing them into a vision of the world they have the power to change - to save, by simply making a choice.  

The excitement of this show comes from the uncertainty of the times we live in. None of us knows what will happen in the next years to come, but one thing we can surmise: if we do not change, and begin living with the planet and not merely on it, with one another, artfully, holistically, passionately, we risk losing everything beautiful we have built.

The Harlequin Hipsters is an avant garde, Commedia dell'Arte, partner dance troupe, established in 2007. Having started with just two dancers, we moved into true ensemble-dom in 2009, and continue to evolve and morph now with a cast of 6 and a supportive production team bringing our ranks to 10. Our mission is to create an energized sense of community, art and interpersonal connection through the playful fusion of performance art and social dance. Through the synthesis and re-imagining of swing, hip-hop, contemporary dance, Commedia dell'Arte and modern Circus disciplines, we craft experiences that invoke in our audiences a spirit of dance, play and wonder.

By teaming with The 4 Horsemen Productions, a Seattle 501 c3 organization, we are happy to inform you that all of your donations are 100% tax deductible

To read more about our escapades please visit our website at harlequinhipsters.com.

Blessings,

The "Passion, or Death!" Team:

Ryan Wren Barret - Executive Director, Choreographer, Producer, Performer

Whitney Fliss - Co-Production Manager, Performer

Jesse Parce - Artistic Director, Performer

Angie Lee - Co-Production Manager, Stage Manager

Kyle Easterly - Technical Director

Milo Hayden - Composer/Live Music Artist, Set/Costume Designer

Madisun Avenue - Performer

Andi Norris - Performer, Director of Marketing

Tristan Saario - Performer, Business Manager

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