February 10, 2014
Super Eagle Premieres at Velocity
: Kate Wallich and Andrew Bartee in "Super Eagle". Photo by Jacob Rosen.
: "Super Eagle" Trailer.
Sparked by Cornish, polished at the Rauschenberg Foundation, Velocity premieres Kate Wallich + The YC’s Super Eagle.
Kate Wallich (DA ’10) calls it a “tragic love opus.” As opuses go, Super Eagle is one that has unfolded slowly, and that with lots of hard work by Wallich and The YC co-director Lavinia Vago (DA’10) over great distances and with lots of support. On February 13, Super Eagle will be ready for the world, taking the stage at Velocity Dance Center. This new evening-length piece by Kate Wallich + The YC has multiple showings through February 16, with opening night already sold out. It was commissioned as part of Velocity’s Made in Seattle series. Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer and choreographer Andrew Bartee is a collaborator on the work.
According to The YC, “Super Eagle explores the all-too-possible reality of tragic love through deconstructed duets [and] ultra-physical form.” Brendan Kiley of The Stranger writes that the work invokes “the saccharine glitter of youthful bliss and its backstabbing ferocity.”
Along with director/choreographer Wallich, co-director Vago and co-choreographer Bartee, other artists involved in Super Eagle are composer Lena Simon (MU ‘11), cinematographer Jacob Rosen and dancer Matt Drews (DA ‘13).
Velocity Dance Center has been involved throughout the development of Super Eagle, including, vitally, the commission that has led to premiere performance. Cornish has also been involved in development of Super Eagle from the beginning. Last year’s Our Creative Society featured a performance of an early version of the piece. From there, Wallich and Vago had the enviable opportunity to work on it as part of a Rauschenberg Residency, a residency created by the foundation also named for the famed modern painter, Robert Rauschenberg. The two dancers were required to spend a great deal catching rays in Captiva, Florida between sessions. The YC also attracted support from the Glenn Kawasaki Foundation, Springboard Danse Montreal and MANA Contemporary/Armitage Gone! Dance. The project was also supported, in part, by awards from 4Culture and Artist Trust.
The College teamed up with Velocity Dance Center to host an exclusive Cornish alumni sneak peek of Super Eagle on January 24. Audience members were able to view work on the piece and were invited to join in a conversation with the artists moderated by Velocity’s Executive/Artistic Director, Tonya Lockyer.
Super Eagle is another step forward for the young company and its director. “The YC are swiftly rising stars,” writes Seattle Magazine, “known for creating intense, highly atmospheric works … that resemble haute couture fashion spreads come alive.”
World premiere of Super Eagle by Kate Wallich + The YC; Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle. Performances February 13 which is sold out, 14 at 8:00 p.m., 15 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and a final show February 16 at 8:00 p.m.
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