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New works fill the final week of May

May brings a series of new works and debuts to Seattle.
Robert Moses' Kin. Photo: RJ Muna

During the last week of May, dance aficionados can find a number of new works being presented around town. Intermediate and advanced dance students also have an opportunity to work with leading choreographers in the upcoming SIDF Threshold Institute in June.

The Eye Of Leo Showing
Velocity Dance Center, Founders Theatre
May 25, 7 pm
Beth Graczyk, Alice Gosti and Alia Swersky commissioned choreographer Sara Shelton Mann to create three solos for them as part of her Eye of Leo project. A Guggenheim Fellow who has received numerous awards, Mann will be available after the performance to discuss the ideas behind her work.

UW World Series Studio Series: Robert Moses’ Kin
Meany Studio Theatre, University of Washington
May 29, 7:30 p.m.
Contemporary dance company Robert Moses’ Kin makes its Seattle debut with “Draft,” a collaborative work that merges 31 choreographers, 30 dances, and 30 local professional and pre-professional dancers. Also on the program are Moses’ “Doscongio, Bloom.”

Pat Graney Company Presents: Orange
Velocity Dance Center, Founders Theatre
May 29 to 30, 7 pm and 9 pm
Several works by local choreographers will be presented. Pat Graney’s “Orange” features performers Vanessa Koepsell, Sarah Seder, Jenny Peterson, and Shannon Stewart. Stewart’s large group piece “Progress” will open the evening with a mix of pattern, exhaustion, thrashing, moshing, and ballet.

Seattle International Dance Festival
Threshold Institute
June 16 to 20
Applications are open now for the Seattle International Dance Program’s Threshold Institute including master classes with national and international artists and teachers. The co-founder of 33 Fainting Spells, Dayna Hanson plans to build her newest dance piece on participating students. The work will be filmed and may be used by Hanson later on tour. In a release about "Keep On Smiling That Beautiful Smile" (Hanson’s working title), she suggested that students interested in detail work, speed, and precision would enjoy the creation process. This work will be presented as part of the festival on June 21. Those interested in learning more about the SDIF Threshold Institute should check the website and apply now.