Karin Stevens Dance and Universal Language Project Launch New Partnership with December Event
Saci – A Brazilian Folktale & The Greater Trumps
DECEMBER 1 | 8PM + DECEMBER 2 | 2:30PM
Part of the Cornish Presents Series
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center | 201 Mercer St, Seattle
Stravinsky and the Saci: New Music in Modern Dance – Second Inversion
Timely Collaboration and Faustian Disaster in ‘Saci & The Greater Trumps’ – City Arts
KSD and ULP are thrilled to announce the launch of a new partnership celebrating a shared vision of creating imaginative works through cross-disciplinary collaboration. After years of independently working toward such an alliance, KSD and ULP finally join forces in the interest of creating space for diverse audiences to engage with timely works that inspire positive change and speak to the human experience.
KSD and ULP will kick things off December 1 & 2, 2017 at the Cornish Playhouse in Seattle. On the bill are two pieces: Saci – A Brazilian Folktale, composed by
three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos-Neto, and The Greater Trumps, Libretto by Doug Thorpe and music by Igor Stravinsky. After commissioning Saci for the Universal Language Series in 2015, ULP reproduced the work with choreography by Karin Stevens, costumes by Sarah Mosher, lighting design by Sara Torres, and dancers Anja Kellner-Rogers, Warren Woo, Morgan Houghton, and Karin Stevens.
The Greater Trumps
Photos by Michelle Smith-Lewis
The original production of Saci was paired with Stravinksy’s seminal work, The Soldier’s Tale. By commission from the Universal Language Project, Mr. Santos-Neto has composed music using the same instrumentation as Stravinsky, but written in the style of his native Brazil and utilizing Brazilian folklore as subject material. The Saci (sah-see) has been a mythological character of Brazilian folklore since the early 1800s – an amalgam of different cultural strains, combining elements from Native Brazilian tribes, African Slaves, and Portuguese colonizers.
The Saci – A Brazilian Folktale
Photos by Michelle Smith-Lewis
These two works are designed to be experienced together. Composed at the start of World War I, the ground-breaking The Soldier’s Tale was largely inspired by the difficulties of making dramatic art in a time of financial crisis – not unlike making art in the 21st Century. With Stravinksy’s music and an exciting new libretto by Doug Thorpe, The Greater Trumps will create a re-imagined and politically charged work tackling concerns of our time, and celebrating nearly 100 years since the original music’s premiere.
“For years I envisioned the possibility of a partnership with a like-minded music group passionate for new 21st Century music and performance,” says choreographer Karin Stevens. “As they say, Brian and I were “dancing circles around each other” until we finally met at the community advisory board meeting for Second Inversion this past fall. I was thrilled to learn from Brian that equally ULP had been seeking a dance group to partner with. I am so happy to continue KSD’s advocacy for Seattle new music with ULP and our commitment to imaginative, collaborative, and audience bridging creations in live music and dance,” she adds.
Universal Language Project’s Executive Director Brian Chin notes, “The Universal Language Project has been looking for the last few years for a great dance group to collaborate with. Karin brings a thoughtful intelligence and joyful creative spirit to our planned project and we are thrilled about announcing a ULP | KSD partnership for many years to come.”