Dancer Emilee Putsche of The Stone Dance Collective, Photo © Zebra Visual

Dancer Emilee Putsche of The Stone Dance Collective, Photo © Zebra Visual

Chop Shop:  Bodies of Work

February 11th, 2012 at 7:30pm and February 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

The Theatre at Meydenbauer, Bellevue

Eva Stone, Producer/Curator for Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, has received support from 4Culture through the Group Arts Project  program for the past three years, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The deadline for the 2012 GAP program application is March 7. We invited Eva Stone to write a guest blog post about this exciting project.

 

I admit it.  I am obsessed.  And you should be, too.

There is amazing caliber of choreographers and dance artists that will be presented in this year’s installment of Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, an annual contemporary dance festival held at the Theatre at Meydenbauer over second weekend in February.  I started this event five years ago because of my deep passion for contemporary dance and the brutal realization, after 25 years in this field, that 98% of the people in the world don’t care about or understand this art form.  I still have family members who have no idea what I do for a living.  I’ve come to peace with that knowledge, but have made a personal vow to make and keep dance alive and relevant in our current culture.

Chop Shop is unique in its approach to brining new audiences to dance through a wonderful series of free deconstruction lectures (on how choreography works and what it all means) as well as introductory modern dance classes open to all levels and ages.  These events serve as companion classes to the dance festival itself in order to give participants a first hand experience in dance.  And out of all the classes I teach every year, the outreach classes are some of the best for me.  I get whole families (Dad, Mom, the two kids and even Grandma) who come to class with a lot of interest and a bit of hesitation and by the time class is over they are ALL flying around the room.  It’s a terrific experience!

This year’s performing artists are some real heavy-hitters.  I am so excited to be presenting a new up-and-coming choreographer from New York, Adam Barruch, in his West Coast Premier (this guy is going to be huge one day) as well as Northwest Dance Project from Portland and a rare solo by the legendary Donald Byrd!

And as a celebration of five years of hard work, brilliant dance and outstanding success (every show has been a sell-out) I am offering free cake in the lobby after the performances.  Come and celebrate!  All the info is here, as well as a cool promo:  www.chopshopdance.org

Dancer Emilee Putsche of The Stone Dance Collective, Photo © Zebra Visual

February 11th, 2012 at 7:30pm and February 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

The Theatre at Meydenbauer, Bellevue.  Tickets on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com.

 

But most importantly, my deepest and sincerest thanks to 4Culture for helping me make a lifetime passion become reality.  Here’s to more cake and more great dance for our city and it’s people!  Cheers!