Video Credit: Devin Muñoz
May 6 & 7, 2019 | 8pm
Yaw Theater | 6520 5th Ave S | Seattle, WA
*A major portion of the donation-based ticket sales will be gifted to
SEATTLE—This May, Yaw Theater will host the premiere work of
“Blake’s skill made the difficult task of repeating each motion exactly as before—at the same level in space, with the same energy—look effortless.” –Charlotte Hart, Seattle Dances, 2016
West Coast audiences may know Jo Blake best for his work over the past ten years as a star dancer with the Salt Lake City company Ririe-Woodbury, where he danced for over ten years to the delight of audiences in Salt Lake and beyond. Since coming to the University of Washington in 2015 for his masters in dance, Blake has quickly become one to watch in Seattle’s next generation of choreographers. Following his critically acclaimed solo at Men in Dancelast year, (dis)connect marks Blake’s most ambitious project to date: the audience will sit in an enclosed, inward-facing square, surrounded on all sides with a 4-channel video installation that mixes footage of the city of Seattle with live-feeds of the performance itself. At the same time, audience members who can’t attend may tune in online to watch the performance unfold in real time. At the center of this multi-channel extravaganza are O’Bryan and Pugh: two people, two bodies, attempting to build a relationship in the here and now, surrounded by a whirlwind of screens that traverse space and time.
“ ‘only he might know?’ by Joseph ‘jo’ Blake…was a very personal, very moving commentary on the dilemma of men who are trapped in the macho universe of physical performance.” –Seattle Gay News, 2018
This contrast between the focused, nuanced duet between Pugh and O’Bryan and the large, looming projections reflects the dilemma faced by Seattle and much of the world today today: in a city laden with technological innovation and a culture that is so relentlessly interconnected, there are resounding questions and anxieties about our ability to meet and connect with other people. (dis)connect places the audience at the center of that conflict, in an effort to connect artist and audience in the same struggle of reconciling these impossible tensions of the modern age.
*Note: Both performances will be followed by an open conversation between the artists and the audience, in a chance to engage each other face-to-face, and to commune about the difficulties surrounding (dis)connection in the contemporary world.
Release courtesy of Gedney Barclay | PR & Communications Consultant
Photo Credits: Sam Wagner
WE ARE STILL CROWDFUNDING IN SUPPORT OF ALL COLLABORATORS INVOLVED!! NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL!!
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ARTISTS | COLLABORATORS:
Dancers: Alicia Pugh | Sean O’Bryan
Production Designer: Becca Blackwell
Composer: Trevor Price
Videographer: Devin Muñoz
Photographer: Sam Wagner
Video Consultant: Jim Coleman
Live-Feed Web Designer: Michael Hart
PR & Communications Consultant: Gedney Barclay
Stage Manager: Jana Kincl
Yaw Theater Founder: Stella Kutz
Choreographer/Founder: jo Blake
MISSION OF joBdance. | a conceptual experience
joBdance. | a conceptual experience is a project-based dance company creating conceptual experiences based on inter-/intra- personal connections thru multidisciplinary collaborations.
The goal of
Thank you to Fractured Atlas for providing performance information, crowd-funding, and fiscal sponsorship. Fractured Atlas is a non-profit arts service organization.