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Kaleidoscope Dance Company
Concerts and Performances 2017-2018

Kaleidoscope Dance Company presents the Gift of Dance
Sunday / December 3 / 3:30 / Silent Auction & Delicious Concessions 3:00

 

Join Kaleidoscope Dance Company as they present the Gift of Dance, an afternoon of original, new modern dance works choreographed by youth ages 7-17. This year the dancers are creating work inspired by local Public Art. The Eagle by Alexander Calder at Olympic Sculpture Garden, A Sound Garden on the campus of NOAA at Magnuson Park, Waiting for the Interurban (Fremont), and Sadako and the Thousand Cranes sculpture in Peace Park are just some of the pieces sparking the creativity of these skilled choreographers.

 

Kaleidoscope Dance Company engages in a collaborative process in multi-age groups, using choreographic forms and devices to compose work that is deeply personal yet universal in its appeal to audiences of all ages.

Enliven your holiday season with this inspiring, uplifting, and family-friendly concert as Kaleidoscope Dance Company shares the Gift of Dance with you!

Audience members are invited to join the company dancers and Artistic Director Anna Mansbridge on stage for a community dance during intermission!

Silent Auction (themed gift baskets and delectable desserts) to benefit the Creative Dance Center begins at 3:00. Delicious, homemade concessions are available prior to the show and during intermission.

This vibrant show, described by the Seattle Weekly as "refreshing," shares a message of peace and cooperation, especially meaningful during the holiday season.  "These students are professional in every sense of the word…. Their graceful motions, their faces full of feeling… this is why we need the arts. They have the power to heal us in ways we cannot explain." (Valley View). 

Sunday, December 3 at 3:30pm
Silent Auction and Concession sales begin at 3:00pm and benefit the Creative Dance Center
Shorewood Performing Arts Center
17300 Fremont Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
and at the door

December 3, 2017 – Gift of Dance, Shorewood Performing Arts Center at 3:30pm. Tickets available at the door and Brown Paper Tickets. Adults: $10. Youth: $6.
December 10, 2017 at 5:05pm  – Winterfest, Seattle Center Armory
February, 2018 – School Concert at Olympic Hills Elementary, Seattle
March 18, 2018 – Afternoon of Dance, Creative Dance Center's school shows at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
May 11, 12, & 13, 2018 – Kaleidoscope Spring Concert, Broadway Performance Hall
Summer Community Concert at Creative Dance Center (free will donation at door), DATE TBA, 7:30pm.

 

Check out the amazing Spring Concert we had in 2017!

Kaleidoscope in Concert – Mother’s Day Weekend

Broadway Performance Hall • 1625 Broadway, Seattle
Friday, May 12, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14, 3:30pm
Festival seating available through Brown Paper Tickets
Adults: $18 • Youth (under 16) /Senior: $8  
Call 1.800.838.3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com
Patron tickets with reserved seating only available through Creative Dance Center
Adult Patron Tickets: $35 • Youth/Senior Patron Tickets: $20  
Visit creativedance.org or call 206.363.7281

 

Kaleidoscope in Concert celebrates and supports local and national creative talent, presenting the diverse work of eight choreographers; Michael Garber, Anna Mansbridge, Judith Nelson, Hayley Shannon, Maya Soto, Karin Stevens, S.Tshedzom Tingkhye, and Dylan Ward.

Wound Up Tight-588Returning to create a new piece on the company after the success of Comradery, his touching and powerful work for the young men of Kaleidoscope, Michael Garber’s Starseeds was inspired by ancient stories and prophecies describing a time of great change and spiritual awakening on Earth. Seeing children as the Light and Potential of the world, Michael pulled from images of angelic realms and the power and simplicity of human connection.

Addio Amore, choreographed by Kaleidoscope Artistic Director Anna Mansbridge, is inspired by the beauty of the music (L’Arpeggiata by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger) and supported by images from Renaissance art and architecture. The free flow quality of the music, continuous and undulating, emphasized by the soaring rich cadences of the soprano, is complemented by rippling gestures and shifting geometric shapes.Endangered 286

We premiere two new dances by New York choreographer Judith Nelson: Blue Skies, about the wonder and awe of a beautiful day and the joy of celebrating it together; and The Minute Waltz, with original lyrics sung at breakneck speed by Mandy Patinkin, a furiously fun romp through the classic waltz of Frederic Chopin.

Local choreographer, performer, and Creative Dance Center faculty member, Hayley Shannon asks, “Where can we let go of fear and dive in to hope?” Solos were generated from dancers’ personal reflections on the sensation of loneliness. Set to an original score by Seattle musician Devin Bews, Bridging Boundaries explores how we can transform a feeling of isolation to one of connection and compassion.

Field of Hopes 85-2Free Birds by choreographer, performer, and award winning arts educator Maya Soto, is an ensemble work for twelve dancers inspired by bird imagery as a metaphor for freedom and the power of community. The flock moves through space in tight rhythmic formations jumping, falling, flying, and ultimately lifting each other up. Text by Alicia Keys and the delicate guitar work of musician Matt Kivel introduces the song Blackbird, movingly sung by Dionne Farris.

In Memory of the Tide Flats considers how the land and waters in Seattle have been shaped by human influence. With an original score by Paul Rucker, recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, choreographer Karin Stevens worked with the dancers to develop this work as an extension of her recent premiere, Record of the Anthropocene Movement.Continuum-605

In response to the neo-funk soul vibe of the music, Kaleidoscope alumni, musician, performer, and choreographer S. Tshedzom Tingkhye challenged herself and the dancers by creating a quick, fast, and powerful piece. Migki Nag Tsel (Eye of a Jungle) conjures up images of forest creatures playing, plants growing, and an adventure.

Featuring an original sound design by choreographer Dylan Ward, Mistaken -or- Everyone Has Work to Do, explores team effort in the face of difficulty.

Swing-323Kaleidoscope Dance Company, under the direction of Anna Mansbridge, choreographed Tunnels set to Mozart’s familiar Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. This playful piece creatively explores all the possible ways to dance in, out, around, over, under, between, and through a tunnel.

Kaleidoscope’s unique blend of talent, enthusiasm, and soul delights and captivates audiences of all ages.
Kaleidoscope in Concert celebrates the joy of dance with an exceptional balance of youth and professionalism.
36 years young, Kaleidoscope Dance Company is made up of children & teens ages 7-16.

 

 

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Broadway Performance Hall • 1625 Broadway, Seattle
Friday, May 11, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 12, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 3:30pm
Festival seating available through Brown Paper Tickets
Adults: $18 • Youth (under 16) /Senior: $8  
Call 1.800.838.3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com
Patron tickets with reserved seating only available through Creative Dance Center
Adult Patron Tickets: $35 • Youth/Senior Patron Tickets: $20  
Visit creativedance.org or call 206.363.7281

 

 

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Kaleidoscope Dance Company Boys Receive Rave Review for their Performance at the 2016 Men in Dance Festival!

 

Sandra Kurtz at The Seattle Weekly said …
"While most of the work on the program was designed for adult performers, Michael Garber brought a group of young dancers from Kaleidoscope Dance Company together in Comradery. In a study of isolation and connection among people, the cast was affecting without being sentimental—a difficult tone to strike."

 

 

 

 
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During the past 36 years, Kaleidoscope has traveled around the world sharing the joy of dance with audiences of all ages.

Recently, Kaleidoscope has performed in the Men In Dance Concert (to rave reviews) in Seattle, STG's Global Dance Party at The Moore, in Taiwan at Taipei National University of the Arts, and in Copenhagen, Denmark at the dance and the Child international conference.

"Kaleidoscope is the most unique performance I have seen – It was simply wonderful!"

 

December 3, 2017 – Gift of Dance, Shorewood Performing Arts Center at 3:30pm. Tickets available at the door. Adults: $10. Youth: $6.
December 10, 2017 at 5:05pm  – Winterfest, Seattle Center Armory
February, 2018 – School Concert at Olympic View Elementary, Seattle
March 18, 2018 – Afternoon of Dance, Creative Dance Center's school shows at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
May 11, 12, & 13, 2018 – Kaleidoscope Spring Concert, Broadway Performance Hall
Summer Community Concert at Creative Dance Center (free will donation at door), DATE TBA, 7:30pm.
 

Fun Facts About Kaleidoscope

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    •    is the longest-running modern dance company in Seattle, founded in 1981 by Anne Green Gilbert.
    •    is a modern repertory dance company of boys and girls between the ages of 7-16, whose graduates utilize the Kaleidoscope skills of collaboration and creativity in a variety of settings: dancing professionally, attending college, and working in fields such as health, research, design, education, technology, and the arts.
    •    works with well-known choreographers including Pat Graney, Bill Evans, Wade Madsen, Maya Soto, Tom Truss, Christian Swenson, Shirley Jenkins, Gary Reed, Jurg Koch, Paige Barnes, Eva Stone, Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino, Deborah Birrane, Debbie Gilbert, Joanne Petroff, Ellie Sandstrom, Rhonda Cinotto, Joshua Crouch, Anna Mansbridge, Marlene Strang, Peter Kyle, Kayti Bouljon, Vincent Thomas, and Michael Garber.
    •    has toured internationally in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Russia, Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands, Jamaica, Taiwan, and Denmark and performed nationally in Washington, D.C., Oregon, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Utah, and all over Washington State.
    •    has danced for hundreds of thousands of school children in public and private schools in the Northwest.
    •    is based at the Creative Dance Center located in the historic Haller Lake Community Club in North Seattle.
    •    members are students in the Seattle, Shoreline, and Northshore School Districts, and the Homeschool community.