MADE IN SEATTLE: MARY SHELDON SCOTT

 
MADE IN SEATTLE: MARY SHELDON SCOTT
WORLD PREMIERE The SOLO(s) Project
NOV 3-6 / 7:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $18 Under 25 w/ ID / $17 MVP / $50 Patron

“Never grasping at clever concepts, theatrical gimmicks . . . phenomenally talented choreographer
Mary Sheldon Scott lets her dance speak for itself.”
– The Seattle Times

“astonishing work of visual, musical, and physical art.”
– The Stranger

 

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PHOTO JIM KENT / BY STEVEN MILLER

 

A fixture of the Seattle dance scene, legendary choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott + composer Jarrad Powell return to the stage with 7 solos for a stellar inter-generational cast of Seattle dance stars including: Jade Solomon Curtis, Jim Kent, Alice Gosti, Mark Haim, Sean O’Bryan, Linsyanne Owen + Corrie Befort.

In The SOLO(s) Project, Scott examines what a solo is and how to tell a compelling story about a single person – “it’s like a book of short stories for 7 extraordinary performers.” Through one-on-one responses to diverse soloists using a range of creation tools including visual and language scores, animal imagery, exploring movement through props and costumes, and a process of recasting, Scott unearths potent images from 22+ years of performance research.

As a 64-year-old choreographer, Scott’s instincts have evolved over two decades of art-making; SOLO(s) provides an opportunity to deepen her knowledge and further an investigation of the transformative creative relationship between choreographer and performer.
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special events

 

UntitledMapSeriesARTIST TALK + PERFORMANCE: MARY SHELDON SCOTT
SEPT 11 / 2PM
Museum of Northwest Art 121 S First St, La Conner
FREE + open to all

 

In this special performance and Artist Talk, the work of visual artist/choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott and composer Jarrad Powell sparks a conversation about the intersections of visual art, dance and new music in the Northwest. Scott and Powell will share excerpts from their upcoming world-premiere The SOLO(s) Project : an evening-length dance work comprised of 7 solos for an extraordinary intergenerational cast, inspired by Scott/Powell Performance’s rich legacy of work. Choreographed by  Scott with an original score by Powell, SOLO(s) is commissioned, presented, and produced through Velocity’s Made in Seattle program in celebration of their 20th anniversary year.

 

Free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are appreciated. Send your RSVP to Christy Lyman at christyl@museumofnwart.org or call (360) 466-4446 x112.
 
 
SOLOS_Jim-Kent-089-WEBSPEAKEASY SERIES: MARY SHELDON SCOTT
OCT 30 / 5-6:30PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
FREE + open to all

The work of visual artist / choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott sparks a conversation about the intersections of visual art and dance in this special speakeasy + exhibition, presented in conjunction with our Made in Seattle production of The SOLO(s) Project.

 

 

 

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CLOSING RECEPTION + AUDIENCE LAB
NOV 10 / 5:30-6:30PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
FREE + open to all

Mary Sheldon Scott, surrounded by a selection of her paintings, shares some of the ideas driving her new choreographic work, The SOLO(s) Project, in a group dialogue reflecting on the work’s Nov 3-6 premiere. Drop-by, bring your questions, stay for the conversation. Refreshments provided.

Velocity’s Audience Labs demystify our performances with equal emphasis on presentation, participation, and social connection.

 
 

about the artists

 

MARY SHELDON SCOTT has been actively researching movement and creating innovative dance works for over 20 years. Scott’s choreography has been presented through On the Boards, Bumbershoot Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, American College Dance Festival, Western Washington University, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance Theater Workshop/NYC, Dance/USA, Composer/Choreographer, Velocity Dance Center, the Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, the Southern Theater, and the Pacific Northwest Dance Lab. Commissions include the Cornish Dance Theater (2000, 2006), the d-9 Dance Collective (2001), and individual commissions. Grants and awards include an Artist Trust Fellowship in Dance and grants from 4Culture/King County, Artist Trust GAP Program, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs/City of Seattle, and the Washington Composers Forum. Since 1993 she has created dance works in collaboration with composer Jarrad Powell, and that collaboration continues to be a central force in the evolution of her work. Scott has been selected as Velocity Dance Center’s 2008 Choreographer-in-Residence. Scott is Artistic Director and Choreographer for Scott/Powell Performance and Co-Director of the Composer/Choreographer new performance series. Scott holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also works extensively with visual media. For more information visit www.marysheldonscott.com.

 

JARRAD POWELL’S works have been performed and broadcast internationally and include pieces for voice, gamelan, various western and non-western instruments, electro-acoustic music, music for theater, dance and experimental film. His work includes numerous cross-cultural collaborations, particularly with Indonesian artists, including the innovative theater pieces Visible Religion and Kali. Since the early 80’s he has directed Gamelan Pacifica, one of the most active and adventurous gamelan ensembles in the U.S. He is Music Director and composer for Scott/Powell Performance, a contemporary dance company formed in 1994 with choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott. Recent projects include music for three innovative short films of Robert Campbell. His work has been commissioned by The Walker Arts Center, Performing Arts Chicago, On the Boards, Music in Motion, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, the National Performance Network and many individual performers. Awards include NEA, Arts International, Rockefeller Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 4Culture/King County, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs/Seattle, Artist Trust Foundation and Creative Capital Foundation. His most recent recordings, Natural Selection and Stonehouse Songs, are available from Present Sounds Recordings. He is a Professor in the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. For more information visit www.jarradpowell.com.

 

press


At age 64, it’s okay to own your experience

Marcie Sillman, KUOW.org, December 14, 2016

At SOLO(s), One Body Is All You Need
Imana Gunawan, Seattle Dances, November 28, 2016

DANCE REVIEW: Made in Seattle: Mary Sheldon Scott’s “The SOLO(s) Project”
Michael Upchurch, michaelupchurchauthor.com, November 2016

The Top Things To Do This Weekend: Nov 3-6
Seattle Met Magazine, November 3, 2016

FALL ARTS PREVIEW
Jim Demetre, Seattle Magazine, September 2016

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