Broadway Performance Hall*
Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm
*BPH is a 20 minute walk from the Seattle Sheraton; WAA will be providing shuttles to and from BPH throughout the showcase.
|4:35 pm||Northwest Dance Project||Northwest Dance Project||650|
|4:55 pm||Borealis String Quartet||Borealis String Quartert||713|
|5:15 pm||Run Boy Run||Herschel Freeman Agency, Inc.||550|
|5:35 pm||Jamie Adkins||agence Station bleue||560|
|5:55 pm||Las Cafeteras||FLi Artists||512|
|6:15 pm||Laetitia Zonzambé||Constant Durocher Management||314|
|6:35 pm||Frank Ferrante in "An Evening with Groucho"||Baylin Artists Management||413|
Featuring “some of the best dancers you will ever see,” (Calgary Herald), Northwest Dance Project presents “State of Matter,” from rising British choreographer Ihsan Rustem. The U.S. debut work has stunned audiences worldwide with dynamic group work, inventive duets, languid solos and poetics. Winner of the 2011 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest and the Audience Award at the 25th annual Hannover Choreographic Competition in Germany, the piece was performed to capacity and standing-ovation crowds at the 2012 Olympics Arts Festival in London and has toured extensively. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.
One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has received international acclaim as an ensemble praised for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Founded in 2000 and rapidly establishing a stellar reputation, the Borealis has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia and performed to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in major cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Rome, Mainz, Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing, Montreal, and Vancouver. Photo by Steven Lemay.
Run Boy Run is an Americana Bluegrass quintet from Arizona with a special gift for writing songs with the same warmth and down-to-earth qualities as the classics from decades earlier. They have a unique instrumental mix of twin fiddles, mandolin, cello and bass, along with the beautiful harmonies of the three female lead singers. They have twice been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest. Run Boy Run will be performing four original songs from their live repertoire and two CDs. Photo by Amy Martell.
In Circus Incognitus, virtuoso clown Jamie Adkins is the vulnerable everyman, who has just written a terrific show. He wanders on stage with the new show in a box, delighted to find the audience ready. Knowing he has just the thing, Adkins struggles to build the scene around him using everyday objects. An expert at comedy born of desperation, Adkins deftly escorts the audience along his poetic journey with sidesplitting wit. This show is a huge success with over 700 performances in 22 countries and was called "a gem of fresh burlesque" by Le Monde (Paris, 2012). Photo by Amanda Russell.
Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Afro-Caribbean music from Veracruz, Mexico with modern rhythms & lyrically rich storytelling to create a new Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles. The sound is brought to life by the instruments, which include jarana’s, requinto, a donkey jawbone, marimbol & a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance Zapateado. Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their performances & have crossed musical borders playing with artist such as Los Lobos, Edward Sharpe, & the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Photo by Piero F. Giunti.
With elements from the heart of the African Bantu region combined with jazz, blues and soul, Laetitia Zonzambé makes a “Sanza”, a music that expresses an African creativity with its complex and diverse flavors. Starting her music career in 1999, facing the turmoil of a long military and social discouraging crisis from 1996 to 2003, she became a major pop star in her home country of the Central African Republic, and relocated to Montreal in 2009. Laetitia’s gifted and colorful voice is now touring nationally and internationally. Photo by Philippe Vincent.
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray for Captain Spalding." The audience becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Margaret Dumont and MGM's Louis B. Mayer. Photo by Frank Ferrante Productions.