Workshop + Audition: Mary Sheldon Scott

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Workshop + Audition: Mary Sheldon Scott
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SAT APR 23 / 2-5PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$25 / $20 MVP
RSVP appreciated, but walk-ups accepted >>

Beginning with a structured improvisational warm-up, Scott’s workshop examines the solo form through a series of choreographed phrases, action words and visual scores. Material from Scott/Powell’s Made in Seattle commission, "The SOLO(s) Project," will form a key resource for our investigations. Tools for manipulating and developing material for performance will underscore our work. This workshop serves as an audition to identify an 8th soloist for the project.

Scott: “As a choreographer I have been exploring the solo form for the 22-plus years of Scott/Powell’s history, with many of these solos embedded within the framework of larger group structures. The SOLO(s) Project allows me to isolate, question and test the solo form through diverse creation tools including transposing and recasting fragments of past choreography, using visual scores constructed from still images to inspire movement invention, one-on-one engagements within defined processes with each of the solo performers, and my own visceral response to carefully selected action words with physical outcomes. Explorations with costume artifacts, props, and set pieces form a key part of my exploration. Each solo is intended to be a separate act – and one of the key challenges I face in this project is ensuring that each story holds to a unique sense of character, energy, place.”

The SOLO(s) Project is a multi-media performance concept by choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott and composer Jarrad Powell. Built in intensive one-on-one rehearsals with eight performers over 7 months, SOLO(s) unfolds through three distinct experiments – a proscenium performance featuring eight unique dance solos, site-specific events that explore the transposition of select solos into Pacific Northwest landscapes, and dance-on-film experiments that explore the translation of individual solos into the medium of film. The eight soloists include Mark Haim, Jade Solomon Curtis, Alice Gosti, Corrie Befort, Jim Kent and Linsyanne Owen. SOLO(s) is a Made in Seattle project commissioned by Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center and supported in part through grants from 4Culture and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture/Seattle. SOLO(s) premieres November 3-6, 2016 at Velocity Dance Center.

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By: Velocity Dance Center