Through Sept. 30
If this summer’s record temperatures haven’t been hot enough for you, be sure to catch the end of the run of the Can Can’s newest summer show, Femme Fatale. A tale about real-life Dutch exotic dancer and spy Mata Hari, Femme Fatale finds the mysterious Hari risen from the ashes and entangled in a web of sex, lies, love and espionage that leads to a surprising twist. Choreographed by Fae Phalen Pink for the Can Can Dance Company and featuring live music from Seattle’s own Prom Queen.
Khambatta Dance Company
At Bumbershoot, music usually takes center stage, but every year performing arts also get their shot in the spotlight. This year check out Khambatta Dance Company’s stirring, topical work (a recent piece is a meditation on gun violence). KDC founder and artistic director Cyrus Khambatta’s choreography fills the stage with seamless movement and graceful athleticism, plus physical interactions between dancers that bring a relatable human touch to each performance.
Body Is Home: Air Unites Us
The City of Seattle’s Arts in Parks program endeavors to bring performing arts into city spaces, including, in this case, Green Lake Park. Body is Home: Air Unites Us is an interdisciplinary work featuring dance by DAIPANbutoh Collective as well as artist Trina Cooper’s large-scale video installation of a pair of breathing lungs with video projected across them. The dance-and-visual collaborative work explores the connection between the human body and the earth.
Green Lake Park
Against the Grain/Men in Dance
One of Seattle’s top showcases for choreographic talent, Against the Grain/Men in Dance highlights and celebrates the skill, athleticism and nuance of male-identifying dance artists. Spanning two weekends, each with a different program, the 2018 festival returns to Capitol Hill’s Broadway Performance Hall with a range of dance makers both male and female creating works that span all genres, from classical ballet to modern dance and interpretive work. Past artists include heavy-hitters Olivier Wevers, Wade Madsen and more, and returning NYC choreographer Cameron McKinney will present a new piece this year. Also runs Oct. 5–7.