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Made in Seattle: Drama Tops

Boys, Boys, Boys!

Presented by Drama Tops

Premiere in Fall 2022

Drama Tops’ newest voyeuristic endeavor reflects on our queer elders, generational traumas, pop music, white privilege, and PrideTM branded rainbow OREOs. We are just two queers grappling with life’s biggest questions; Are we hot enough to survive in this economy? Queer commidifaction will make you rich if you’re pretty and white… but aren’t we? How do we deal with being half victim, half perpetrator? We wrestle, push, and scream into each other’s bodies searching for answers as we flirt with the surreal. Watch us take control of our queer lives in “Boys, Boys, Boys!” Coming to an undecided theater near you.

 

ABOUT MADE IN SEATTLE

Made in Seattle provides multi-dimensional direct support to artists over a period of a year or more, with a particular focus on the critical development phase of new work.

“Velocity and Made in Seattle saved my creative life.” – Amy O’Neal

Made in Seattle provides multi-dimensional direct support to artists over a period of a year or more, with particular focus on the critical development phase of new work. The Made in Seattle new dance development program is dedicated to growing the Northwest’s creative community by commissioning, producing and presenting evening-length dance works by some of the most talented and experimental artists from our region. Artists meet regularly with Velocity’s Artistic and Executive Directors to focus on career strategy and their larger artistic goals.

Made in Seattle is particularly interested in helping mid-career artists. This program fosters excellence in the Seattle dance scene by supporting extended collaborative projects that bring together Seattle artists and inter/national leaders in the field. In just three years, the program has launched careers, helped start nationally celebrated dance companies, facilitated an artist’s transition from stage performer to a career focused on art and social justice, while also commissioning and presenting consistently sold-out, critically acclaimed productions. Made in Seattle artists also receive pivotal resources: financial support, a commissioning fee, free rehearsal space, a production residency, a fully produced performance, dramaturgical support, as well as professional development through artistic, administrative, and philanthropic support.
Made in Seattle has a remarkable record of developing transformative projects, that have helped propel Seattle artists onto the national stage. In 2015, when Dance Magazine named the “25 Dance Artists to Watch” internationally, three of the 25 artists were Made in Seattle Alum.

ABOUT DRAMA TOPS

Drama Tops was born from the artistic partnership of Elby Brosch and Shane Donohue. They began making work together four 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. Drama Tops blends the worlds of nightlife and concert modern dance to create an interesting and unique blend of accessible, funny modern dance. You may have seen the Drama Tops perform in their self produced show, Drama Tops, this is for you, at Washington Hall, at On the Boards in Northwest New Works, at Velocity in Fall Kick Off, at Kremwerk in Family Meal and Catharsis, in Heels! At Cha Cha, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Drama Tops is a current Made in Seattle Artist for Velocity Dance Center. Keep an eye out for their Halloween show, “Trauma Tops” at Timbre Room this October.

Elby Brosch (he/him) is a dancer and choreographer who moved to Seattle after receiving his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. He is the co-creator and co-choreographer of the Drama Tops, a queer performance duo with Shane Donohue. Drama tops has produced their own work and has been presented by On The Boards in Northwest New Works and by Velocity Dance Center in Fall Kick Off and Next Fest Northwest, as well as Heels! at Cha Cha, Family Meal, and Catharsis. He is also a performer in Scott Shoemaker’s “:PROBED”, and BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon’s Holiday Special in the live show and on Hulu, as well as with Christin Call, Mark Haim, Dylan Ward, Babette DeLafayette Pendleton, Shannon Stewart, and Alyza DelPan-Monley. Elby is honored to be a Velocity Dance Center “Made in Seattle” Artist alongside his bff, Shane.

Shane Donohue (he/they) is a Seattle based dance artist currently working as co-top with Drama Tops. He also works closely 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, Whim W’him, Bard Summerscape’s production of “Le Roi Arthus” in 2021. He also works as an artistic collaborator and performer with Kim Lusk, Kinesis Project, Scott Shoemaker’s “:PROBED”, and BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon’s Holiday Special in the live show and on Hulu. Shane is honored to be a Velocity Dance Center “Made in Seattle” Artist alongside his bff, Elby.

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