Karin Stevens at Fremont Abbey.
Fremont Abbey, well known for its monthly musical-artistic collaboration The Round, is treading into new territory this weekend with its first annual movement arts event. The two-performance show, A Moving Conversation- An Annual Movement Art Event, was the brainchild of the Abbey’s Dance Curator, Karin Stevens, whose company is the first dance group in residence at the arts center.
“My job as dance curator is to create life for the dance community, but also to bring the art of dance to this North Seattle neighborhood,” Stevens explained after a rehearsal this week. “The whole idea was about building conversation between the choreographers at a dinner prior to the performance, and then between the audience and the choreographers at the concert. It’s all about bringing people to the table to share with others their particular voice and choices about the art of making dance.”
These voices will ring loud on the stage as 12 choreographers present 11 works on Friday and Saturday, all in the vein of contemporary dance. According to Stevens, there is a great range of experience among the dance makers, from Alex Martin & Freya Wormus—sharing a jointly choreographed piece, to Kristen Legg who focuses on technique-based modern dance.
Although Stevens is a choreographer herself, she will not be presenting any work this weekend.
“What I appreciate about this opportunity is that obviously I am passionate about dance, and I believe that more people would be passionate about dance if they more opportunity to learn about contemporary dance making,” she observed.
After each of the performances the audience will be invited to the Abbey’s downstairs café for a conversation between artists and audience in which audience members are encouraged to ask questions and reflect on the pieces they saw.
“It’s an opportunity for the audience to be at the table as well,” Stevens commented. “But it’s not a lecture. We want it to be an exchange. We’re coming together so people can learn what goes into making a dance.”
Tickets available through through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door with cash/check only.
Image Courtesy of Karin Stevens Dance.