An evening-length program of recent works by Karin Stevens Dance presents two dances and a film, all created over the past two years.
Inspired by the writings and music of composer John Luther Adams, Wind of the Vast and Intimate (2022) (world premiere: Seattle International Dance Festival, June 2022), is a soaring and beautiful meditation for three dancers on body and landscape, wind and breath, mountains and earth, intimacy and vastness. The choreography by Stevens draws many of its ideas from Adams writing about the music, The Wind In High Places, recorded by The Jack Quartet, in his autobiography, Silences So Deep: Music, Solitude, Alaska. The costumes, by Seattle designer Danielle Blackwell, further Karin Stevens interest in decentering the human to enhance the more-than-human dance of life.
A Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand (2021) (world premiere: Seattle International Dance Festival, June 2021) takes its title from a poem by Rumi. This dance for a soloist, choreographed by Stevens, contemplates courage to move through/with sorrow and grief to uncover the light in our pain and bewilderment. The music, Remix: So Much It Hurts, is by Stevens’ long-time collaborator and friend, Beth Fleenor aka Crystal Beth, from her 2019 album Push Thru.
Sky, Lava Rock, Palms, Sand, Woods, Ocean (2022) is a film in the next evolutionary step of Stevens’
work addressing her long-time concern for the Western conceptions of mind-over-body, white
supremacy, environmental disconnection/dominance/control/degradation, and the work of
healing/evolving that requires a response from all of us.
Location: Yaw Theater, inside Equinox (6520 5th Ave. S)
Tickets ($28) here.