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Cornish Dance Theater and Salthorse: Site-Specific Dance at Seattle Center

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Correction, Oct. 9, 2013: The original release had an incorrect day of the week; the second day of performances are on Saturday, Nov. 9

As part of its Fall 2013 season, Cornish Dance Theater is pleased to present Your Eyes Have Facets, a site-specific dance choreographed by Salt Horse and performed at Seattle Center.

Your Eyes Have Facets
Sunday, November 3, 1 & 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 1 & 3 p.m.
Rain or shine.
Starting Location: Seattle Center International Fountain. Performances will also involve Seattle Center SkatePark and Fisher Pavilion.
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Seattle Center.

For additional information, visit cornish.edu/events.

About the Performance
In Your Eyes Have Facets fourteen dancers respond to shifting landscapes at the Seattle Center’s International Fountain, SkatePark and Fisher Pavilion. Collective physical formations arise and dissipate within the dance, generating transformations in color, texture, form and time.

A site-specific production of Cornish Dance Theater, Your Eyes Have Facets is guided by Seattle dance company Salt Horse. Composer Angelina Baldoz surrounds the work with multi-directional sound, while choreographers and Cornish faculty members Beth Graczyk and Corrie Befort (DA ’99) incite the dancers to produce individually inventive and collectively dynamic movement.

Ushers will guide the audience to prime viewing areas around the International Fountain, SkatePark and Fisher Pavilion. Audience members should dress for the weather; please note that seating will not be provided. Comfortable, solid shoes, layers for wind chill or rain, and umbrellas recommended.

The Artists
Salt Horse is a Seattle-based dance/sound company created by dancers Beth Graczyk and Corrie Befort and musician Angelina Baldoz. They’re known for creating visually rich, sensation-based works that illuminate the quiet, unseen, or hidden aspects of nature and the human experience. Company members rigorously merge improvisation and composition to create arresting narratives that weave between the literal and the abstract. Learn more at http://www.SaltHorsePerformance.com.

Angelina Baldoz (composer) is a sound artist whose main instruments are electric bass, trumpet and vocals. She has performed internationally collaborating for the last 20 years in the Northwest with many artists, including Deborah Hay, Lori Goldston, Ellen Fullman. Angelina has scored numerous dance works and is the composer for the movement/sound company Salt Horse. She has worked extensively inside of the improvised music community as well as the contemporary dance scene in Seattle, with the trumpet, and since picking up the electric bass, she has studied with the legendary Carol Kaye and has toured through Europe and America with the visionary rock band Earth.

Corrie Befort is a dancer/choreographer presented and commissioned nationally in the US and Japan, creating award-winning dance films and performance works through rigorous collaborations. She co-directs the Seattle performance company Salt Horse with Beth Graczyk and Angelina Baldoz, builds physically activated visual art and costuming, teaches dance filmmaking at Cornish College of the Arts and choreography through Seattle Youth Dance Collective, has produced protocol videos with UW biochemistry labs and is an avid hiker and kayaker. For the past three years, Corrie has taught dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Seattle through STG and independently in Anacortes and the Olympic Peninsula. A ‘99 Cornish graduate, Corrie has also received training through the Perpich Center for Arts Education, choreographic residency at the P.A.R.T.S. school in Brussels, danceWEB scholarship to Vienna’s ‘03 ImPulsTanz Festival, the Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson’s Disease training program and numerous festivals and intensives in Japan, Europe and North America over the past 15 years. December of 2013 she will travel to Spain and Portugal to teach, dance and research. More information at http://www.cBefort.com.

Beth Graczyk is a dance artist who works as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and biochemist. Since 2001, Graczyk has performed throughout the states including New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle and internationally in Japan, Ecuador and France. Graczyk is currently collaborating on the performance project Cacophony for 8 Players, with Danish artist Torben Ulrich and musician Angelina Baldoz. In 2012-2013 Graczyk choreographed a version of John Cage’s STEPS in collaboration with musician Jarrad Powell and video artist Robert Campbell. Graczyk co-directs the performance company Salt Horse with Corrie Befort and Baldoz. They have created three evening-length works since 2008, and toured This Was A Cliff through the SCUBA national touring network. Through her collaborative work she has received funding from Artist Trust, 4 Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Graczyk is also a Research Scientist with six science publications in the field of mitosis, including a first author paper in Analytical Biochemistry.


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