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Cornish College of the Arts Presents Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2013 Concert

March 12, 2013

Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, is pleased to present its Spring 2013 Concert, with choreography by Iyun Ashani Harrison, Timothy Lynch, Mary Sheldon Scott, and Deborah Wolf.

Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2013 Concert
April 12 at 8 pm
April 13 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Avenue, Seattle
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students, seniors and Cornish alumni. A limited number of tickets for Teen Tix members are available online for this performance.

Visit cornish.edu/events to purchase online. Tickets are also available by phone at Brown Paper Tickets, 1.800.838.3006.

About the Performance

The Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2013 Concert features the work of guest choreographers Timothy Lynch and Mary Sheldon Scott alongside faculty members Iyun Ashani Harrison and Deborah Wolf.

Individual narrative is central to Timothy Lynch’s choreographic focus in his text-driven new work. Groups merge and converge onstage, each individual carrying their own story with them throughout the dance.

Mary Sheldon Scott has applied a range of methods and structures to generate and manipulate movement. Intricate patterns emerge and recede, fragmenting through a range of solos, duets, trios, and quartets. With its many moments of entanglement and weight-sharing, Scott’s piece fully utilizes her dancers’ strength and athleticism.

Iyun Ashani Harrison’s newest work for Cornish Dance Theater explores the energy and dynamism within a hive. The dancers aspire towards a common interest, often breaking away from the swarm for brief moments of reprieve, but are absorbed back into their roles to support the greater whole.

Deborah Wolf’s dancers slink and play with sharply-accented movement qualities, slipping between leisurely and breakneck speeds. The mood alternates between a slightly competitive atmosphere and one in which the dancers assist and support each other, moving between trios and duets.

Please note: the Saturday, April 13 matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period.

Biographies

Iyun Ashani Harrison (St. Andrew, Jamaica) is the artistic director of Ashani Dances (http://www.ashanidances.org). He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Juilliard School and Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Over the 13 years of his performing career in New York City, he danced with Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York, National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, and Ailey II. Mr. Harrison danced in works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Michael Smuin, Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald Byrd, Talley Beatty, and George Faison. His television credits include PBS’ Setting the Stage 2007, NBC’s 20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, PBS’ Who’s Dancin’ Now? – Arts Education in Your Community, and The South Bank Show in England. Mr. Harrison has taught/choreographed for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ailey School, American Dance Festival, Jamaica School of Dance, University of the West Indies at Cave Hill – Barbados, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, American College Dance Festival and on the full-time faculty at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. http://www.iyunharrison.com

Timothy Lynch is from Mineola, N.Y., and received his dance training from the School of American Ballet. In 1993 Tim joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, and performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Four Temperaments and works by Jerome Robbins, Kent Stowell and Paul Taylor. He originated roles in works by Donald Byrd, Val Caniparoli, Kevin O’Day, Mark Dendy, Kent Stowell, and Lynne Taylor- Corbett. Tim’s rich performing experience includes character roles such as Carabosse in Ronald Hynd’s Sleeping Beauty, Herr Drosselmeier in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker, and Gamache in Kevin Mackenzie’s Don Quixote. Film works include the role of Nick Bottom in the BBC Production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tim became co-director of PNB’s Outreach Youth Performing Group in 2001 and began teaching in PNB’s Dance Chance program. In 2003 he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet School as a full-time faculty member, where he continues to choreograph and help shape the men’s program. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Tim has been guest faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and Western Washington University. He founded Seattle Dance Project in 2007, where he’s both Co-Artistic Director and dancer. He has performed works by Donald Byrd, James Canfield, Pat Catterson, Molissa Fenley, Kiyon Gaines, Edwaard Liang, Wade Madsen, Eva Stone, Kent Stowell, Olivier Wevers, Ellie Sandstrom and Hilde Koch. Tim has recently choreographed for Cornish College of the Arts, Dance Contemporary, and for his company Seattle Dance Project’s Variety Show. He earned the KOMO Kids First Award for mentoring local youth in 2011. He is also currently pursuing his graduate studies in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in their low residency program and is the recipient of an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship.

Mary Sheldon Scott (Molly) has been exploring movement and researching the choreographic form for over 35 years. Since 1993 she has worked in a dedicated collaboration with composer Jarrad Powell under the structure Scott/Powell Performance. Scott/Powell has been presented through On the Boards, Dance Theater Workshop/NYC, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art T:BA Festival, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, The Southern Theater/Minneapolis, Western Washington University, Pacific Northwest Ballet/Celebrate Seattle Festival, Velocity Dance Center, Cornish College of the Arts, and Composer/Choreographer, among other venues. Projects of Scott/Powell have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network/Creation Fund, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs/City of Seattle. Scott/Powell Performance was awarded three creative residencies at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA and was a 2008 SCUBA Touring Company. Scott’s awards include an Artist Trust Fellowship in Dance and Velocity Dance Center’s Choreographer-in-Residence. Recent commissions include Strictly Seattle (2012). Scott’s visual projects include painting/drawing, fabric design, and costume design. Scott holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. This is Scott’s third work for CDT. http://www.scottpowell.org; http://www.marysheldonscott.com

Deborah Wolf began her professional career performing with the State University of New York at Brockport’s Company in Residence. Shortly thereafter she joined Concert Dance Company of Boston, New England’s premier modern repertory company, performing works by over 50 choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Laura Dean, David Gordon, Wendy Perron, Bebe Miller, Mark Morris, and Randy Warshaw. She became CDC’s Resident Choreographer and eventually added CDC’s Artistic Directorship to her duties. Other performance credits include Seachange Theater Ensemble, New York Chambre Dance Ensemble and Peter DiMuro and Associates.  A recipient of a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship and seven Finalist Awards in choreography, she has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Boston and Somerville Arts Lottery Councils, and Seattle’s Artist Trust. Deborah has choreographed for the Boston Ballet, the Boston Symphony Youth Concert Series, and numerous other companies both in New England and Seattle. Producer and performer of her own choreography through WolfWorks, she has also been produced by among others: Boston’s Dance Umbrella, Boston Dances, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, New England Choreographers’ Showcase, and in Seattle area by Velocity’s Strictly Seattle and Under Construction, Rockhopper’s On the Side, Dance On Capitol Hill’s Choreofest and Intimate Works, Eastside Moving Company, Men in Dance/Against the Grain Festival of Dancing, Powell/Scott’s Composer/Choreographer #6, Lehua Dance Theater, Evoke Productions’ Full Tilt, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company and On the Boards’ 12 Min Max Mainstage and Northwest New Works Festival. Her choreography was selected for the A.W. A. R. D. Show! 2009 administered by the Joyce Theater Foundation, performed at On the Boards, and was a finalist for the event by audience selection. Deborah is a 2011 recipient of an Individual Artist Project Grant from 4Culture which partially supported her work for the October 2012 Men in Dance Festival. Her teaching credits include Harvard University, Rhode Island College, Boston Ballet, SUNY/Brockport, and currently as Professor of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts. She has served on the boards of d9 Dance Collective, Velocity Dance Center and as a panelist for New England Foundation for the Arts, Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle Fringe Festival. Deborah received her BA in Dance from State University of New York/Brockport.