Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2015 Concert Features Choreography of Pite, Byrd, And More

The Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2015 Concert will feature choreography by Donald Byrd, Pat Hon, Wade Madsen, Crystal Pite, and Deborah Wolf. Under the direction of Kidd Pivot dancer Cindy Selgado, Cornish dancers will perform excerpts of Crystal Pite’s 2009 dance Dark Matters, a work emerging out of Pite’s curiosity and fascination with the unseen forces at work on mind and body. Adapted from Act 2 of the full length, this work aspires to the impossible purity and grace of a marionette while grappling with questions of free will and manipulation.

Guest artist Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of  Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater, will present excerpts from his 2014 full-length work LOVE. In LOVE, Byrd considers the complex landscapes of intimate relationships and weaves emotionally charged dancing into the fabric of Benjamin Britten’s Cello Suites.

Faculty choreographer Pat Hon draws inspiration from  her experience dancing in Madrid in Allegro de Concierto. This ballet en pointe uses nuances of Spanish folk dance to enhance the elegant partnering and subtle charm of Hon’s classical choreography.

In LIFE, faculty choreographer Wade Madsen explores the ways in which difference informs community. Madsen’s large ensemble dance combines structures and patterns of traditional folk dance with the colors, energy points, and sections of the body associated with the seven Chakras.

Motifs of peering, peeking, watching, and judging proliferate in Deborah Wolf’s choreography. A sound score of layered piano drives Wolf’s sharp movement vocabulary and ever-changing imagery.

Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2015 Concert

April 17 at 8pm
April 18 at 2pm and 8pm

Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Avenue, Seattle

Tickets: $12 general, $7 seniors, $5 students, & Cornish alumni

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets in advance or at the door.

Cornish Dance Theater is the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts. Please note: the Saturday, April 18, matinee performance will be followed by an informal question-and-answer period.

The Pite Restaging Residency at Cornish and the staging of Dark Matters on Cornish Dance Theater were made possible by funding from the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation.


More About The Choreographers

Donald Byrd became Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater in December 2002.  From 1978 – 2002, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally.  He has created over 80 modern dance works for his own groups as well as the Alvin Ailey Company, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadelphia Dance
Company (Philadanco), among others.  He has choreographed for classical companies, including Pacific North­west Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Aterballetto, MaggioDanza diFirenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater.  He has worked with some of the most prestigious theater and opera companies in the U.S., including New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, the Intiman Theater, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and New York City Opera. His most recent works for Spectrum include a cycle of three evening-length works called Beyond Dance: Promoting Awareness and Mutual Understanding (PAMU), which featured World Premieres of A Chekhovian Resolution, created with Israeli choreographers Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror; Farewell: A Fantastical Contemplation on America’s Relationship with China; and most recently, The Mother of Us All, a complex meditation on contemporary Africa. Other productions for Spectrum include Interrupted Narratives/War and The Theater of Needless Talents, which toured nationally in 2009; The Sleeping Beauty Notebook, which toured to New York and the Spoleto Festival in Italy; Bhangra Fever, performed in PNB’s 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival, and Petruchska/Miraculous Mandarin. In 2010, among other productions in the resident season, the company appeared in New York in a new Donald Byrd interpretation of a John Zorn composition; part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Progress series. Byrd has served on the faculty of the California Institute for the Arts and taught at Wesleyan University, the School of Visual Arts, Harvard Summer Dance Center, California State University Long Beach, and the Universityof Cali­fornia at Santa Cruz, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance Theater Workshop in New York. He was a fellow at The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard for three years.  Byrd also served for three terms on the Seattle Arts Commis­sion.  In 2006, he received a TONY nomination for his choreography for The Color Purple. Donald has most recently been awarded a Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle; and has been selected among the first group of Fellows to the American Academy in Jerusalem.

Pat Hon performed extensively for 10 years with ballet companies in France, Austria, Spain, and Germany. In 1983 she received the National Endowment for the Arts' Choreographic Fellowship and since then has choreographed for the Atlanta
Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet's Summer Inventions, Singapore Ballet, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Goh Ballet in Canada, Federal Ballet Company of Malaysia, Ballet Petit, and for dancers competing in the International Ballet Competitions in Jackson, Mississippi. Before coming to Cornish in 1978, she taught at the Morelli Studios in New York and in Florence, Italy. Pat began studying ballet at the age of 10 in her native Singapore and continued her studies at Rosella Hightower's Centre de Danse Classique in France. She also studied Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance in Madrid, Spain, and performed with the foremost Spanish dance company, Antonio and his Ballets of Madrid, before coming  to New York to attend the Joffrey School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has been teaching for 36 years as Professor in the Dance department at Cornish College of the Arts. Between June and December 2008, Pat was Head of Dance at the School of the Arts, Singapore, where she continues to teach in the summer. 

Wade Madsen has been teaching in the Seattle area for over 37 years. He has taught at Cornish College of the Arts for over 31 years and premiered nearly 33 dances for Cornish Dance Theater. Wade currently teaches community classes at Velocity Dance Center. He finds new growth and stamina as a teacher with various workshops and performances throughout the country. He has taught at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop since 1982. Wade has produced and performed his own work with his company, Wade Madsen and Dancers, in Seattle since 1977, and has premiered over 200 works on his own company. A former member of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Tandy Beal & Company, Wade has received choreographic grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State, King County, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist’s Trust, and Allied Arts. In 2012 Madsen was honored by Velocity Dance Center for his body of work as a choreographer and teacher. He has received the 'Outstanding Teacher of the year' award three times during his teaching career at Cornish. He has teaching ranges from all levels of modern technique, choreography, modern partnering, Repertory, collaboration study and his work on the College dance company. His work has been produced internationally and in Seattle by the Allegro! Dance Festival, Seattle Dance Project, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, Rockhopper Dance, d-9 dance collective, Dance Gallery and Bellingham Repertory Dance in Bellingham, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Seattle Opera. Wade has been a touring company member with the Dayna Hanson group since 2004 and was recently seen in 'The Improvement Club', a film base on the the 2012 touring production of 'Gloria's Cause', by Dayna Hanson.

Crystal Pite was born in Terrace, British Columbia and raised on the Canadian West Coast. Crystal is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer, 2001 2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and Louise Lecavalier/Fou Glorieux. She has also collaborated with Electric Company Theatre and Robert Lepage. Crystal is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater I and Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre. In 2013, Crystal was appointed Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, London. In 2002, she formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver. Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. The company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention. Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally, performing such highly-demanded and critically acclaimed works as Dark Matters and Lost Action. Kidd Pivot’s residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (2010-2012) provided Pite the opportunity to create and tour her most recent works, The  You Show and The Tempest Replica. Pite is the recipient of the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Award (1995), the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (2004), and the Isadora Award (2005). Her work has received several Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009, 2012), and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006). She is the recipient of the 2008 Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award, Mentorship Program. Most recently, she was awarded the 2011 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, the inaugural Lola Award in 2012, and the Canada Council’s 2012 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize.

Cindy Salgado, born in Sunnyvale, California, trained in multiple styles of dance and continues to explore a range of inspirations. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 2005, with the Princess Grace Award, she danced for Aszure Barton on many diverse projects.  She has assisted Andy Blankenbuehler in preproduction for Broadway productions, and Mia Michaels on various commercial projects. She has taught and choreographed for dance schools throughout the US. She
is a cofounder and teacher for Artists Striving To End Poverty, an outreach organization that provides arts programming for underserved children internationally. Cindy joined Kidd Pivot in January 2009.

Deborah Wolf began her professional career performing with the State University of New Yorkat Brockport’s Company in Residence. Shortly thereafter she joined Concert Dance Company of Boston, New England's premiere 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.