joBdance presents (dis)connect
An immersive multimedia experience incorporating dance, video, and installation, exploring the tensions created by technology between the individual and community.
May 6 & 7 | 8PM
Yaw Theater | 6520 5th Ave S
Dancers | Alicia Pugh | Sean O’Bryan
Collaborators | Devin Muñoz | Trevor Price | Sam Wagner
Production Designer | Becca Blackwell
Stage Manager | Jana Kincl
PR and Communications Consultant | Gedney Barclay
Creative Consultant | Jim Coleman
Yaw Theater | Stella Kutz
Music | Trevor Price | Stephan Moccio | Guillaume Ferran | Max Richter |
Nils Frahm | Anne Muller | A Winged Victory for The Sullen
Costuming | Heathen Clothing | Various NYC and SEA stores
Joseph “jo” Blake | Director/ Choreographer| jo earned his M.F.A. from the University of Washington (2017) and B.F.A. from the University of Utah (‘03). As a member of the Salt Lake City-based Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, he taught and performed internationally for ten years dancing in works by such artists as Alwin Nikolais, Doug Varone, Wayne McGregor, Carolyn Carlson, Bill T Jones, Susan Marshall, Charlotte Boye- Christensen, as well as many other influential dance makers. His interest in educational theory, community-based engagement, and social justice have led him to work with community outreach projects such as Yoga Behind Bars and Mark Morris’s Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. Last year, jo spent eight-months on a UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship visiting Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Australia, Nepal, Thailand, and Bali, re-kindling his appreciation and passion for community and culture. Currently, jo is a part-time lecturer with the University of Washington’s Department of Dance, guest artist with NOW-ID Interdisciplinary Dance, certified movement instructor for Minding Motion for Graceful Aging, and choreographer of new works for future national festivals.
Sean O’Bryan | Dancer | Sean O’Bryan is a Seattle based dance artist, where he obtained a double degree in public health and dance from the University of Washington. He started dancing his sophomore year of college and has worked with a variety of artists, which include Hannah Wiley, Jennifer Salk, David Dorfman, Mark Dendy, Molly Scott, Ryan Corriston, Rachael Lincoln, Erin Cardinal, Stephanie Liapis, and Wilson Mendieta. He has performed for the American Dance Guild festival in NY, Men in Dance, Contemporary Ballet Spotlight, Seattle International Dance Festival, Chamber Dance Company at the UW for three seasons, Stephanie Liapis Dance, The Solo(s) Project by Molly Scott, Khambatta Dance Company, and has recently performed a work outside of the Tadao Ando Art Centre at Chateau La Coste in France for Jennifer Salk. During his time at the UW, Sean was awarded the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship for Artistic Promise in his junior year and received the Bates Dance Festival Merit Scholarship for its summer intensive his senior year.
Alicia Pugh | Dancer | Alicia’s formal dance education started at the age of 6, when her mom and dad decided it was time to put all that energy twirling around the kitchen, into a dance studio. Pursuing this training took her all over the country: Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Ballet Chicago Studio Company, San Francisco Ballet School, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program. Since then, Alicia has been working with choreographers and dance companies based in Seattle. She is thrilled to have collaborated with Daniel Costa Dance, Stephanie Liapis, Cameo Lethem, Beth Terwilleger, and Jo Blake!
Becca Blackwell | Production Manager| Becca Blackwell has been freelancing across Seattle for 9 years. She is currently the Production Stage Manager for Whim W’him, and is in her 3rd season with the company. She has recently acted as Technical Director for Lavinia Vago’s NOESIS X, szalt’s moon&, Kim Lusk’s a Dance for Dark Horses and AJnC’s Young Manic: I Wanted to be on Broadway. She was also the Producer/Stage Manager for Alice Gosti’s MDICAC. Becca is currently dancing her heart out with Michele Miller/Catapult Dance, where she acts as both company member and Production Manager. Becca also freelances as a stage manager, lighting designer and concept artist. Her work has been witnessed at On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Broadway Performance Hall, Base, The Erickson Theatre and Washington Hall. She brings the artists concepts to fruition by facilitating the environment, space and visual landscape.
Devin Munoz | Videographer| Seattle based dancer Devin Muñoz received her early dance training in Seattle where she graduated from the Pacific Northwest Ballet school student division. In May 2017, Devin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She has performed in pieces such as The Bridge Project 2019 by Beth Terwilleger, Tint Dance Festival 2019 with Alicia Mullikin and PRICEArts, as well as guest performances with AU Collective. When Devin isn’t dancing she spends her time creating dance films and collaborating with local dancers through photo series.
Sam Wagner | Photographer| While growing up on Whidbey Island, Sam discovered photography when playing with his parents old film cameras, which eventually led to his work in DSLR. For the last eight years, he has been shooting nature and night photography. This is his first endeavor-capturing dance on film. Sam found that jo has a compelling vision for his work and wanted to help him bring the multidisciplinary concept to life.
Jim Coleman | Video Consultant| Jim Coleman is co-artistic director with Terese Freedman of the Freedman/Coleman Dance Company, which has toured to more than 30 states, as well as to Canada, Denmark, Austria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. The company has been produced at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theatre Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, the Salzburg Dance Festival, Seattle Performance Hall, and Dance Umbrella of Boston, and at numerous universities and dance centers throughout the country.
Trevor Price | Composer| Trevor Price is an accomplished singer/songwriter whose music has been featured in documentaries and independent films. He has produced and engineered multiple #1 billboard charting albums and has performed music worldwide. He is the owner of The Lounge Recording Studio in Salt Lake City, UT.
Michael Hart | Live- Feed Web Designer| Michael is in his third year as a student at the UW studying computer science and dance. He met jo through taking a jazz dance class taught by him late last year. Michael loves working on new projects and has been excited to help jo fulfill the technical goals of the performance.
Jana Kincl | Stage Manager| Jana Kincl has danced her whole life and enjoys every type of dance. Seattle has been her home for a lot of years now. She has worked with a variety of fantastic choreographers and companies, including Veronica Mendonca/VAM, Catapult/Michele Miller, Catherine Cabeen/ Hyphen, Alana O Rogers Company, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann, Jason Ohlberg, Zoe Scofield and ARC Dance Productions.
Thank you to our supporters : Fractured Atlas | Fremont Brewing | Johnny Kujda | University of Washington Dance Program | University of Washington Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Thank you to our donors!!!!
A special thank you to our $100+ donors!!
Alana O. Rogers
John Figner | Kai Medeiros
. . . and all of our private donors!!